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We’re a community that practices shared authority. Here are some ways that you can participate in our community:
We gather together every Sunday morning at 10AM to sing, pray, and open the Scripture together. The gathering is casual. We have children’s groups that learn the stories of Scripture and show them how Jesus saturates the entire Bible. Bring your family and come meet with us!
Sometimes we get together and break bread. It’s glorious fun. Want the deets? Ask one of your friends at C3 or check your email for weekly updates.
When the opportunity arises, our families get together to feed people at shelters, church buildings, or straight in the streets of Portsmouth. This is sometimes the main meal of the week for this underserved community. Help us cook up good grub and fill some bellies!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What kind of a church is this? Well, first of all, we’re not ‘a church’. We’re ‘The Church’. But–in all seriousness, we’re firm believers that ‘The Church’ isn’t defined by a religious organization, but rather includes all of Christ’s followers. That means us. That means you. That means your crazy aunt Martha and it also means the homeless guy just down the street. We prefer to think of ourselves as a community of people who are simply pursuing Christ together.
- How do I become a part of C3? The answer is simple. Become friends with somebody here. We want you to make human connections that, well, make you more human–the kind of humanity that God intended for you. You won’t find membership classes or any kind of real process here. Just come hang out with us and we’ll let the Spirit take care of the rest.
- Are my kids welcome? Pshh. Pshhhh. The kids almost outnumber the adults here. We are dedicated to making your family comfortable at all of our gatherings and opportunities for service. Our families take turns spending time with the kids each week–from little babies to teens–so don’t expect to drop them off in a formal nursery. But they will learn the stories of Scripture and how Jesus saturates the entire Bible. Our philosophy is that when kids play, it’s an expression of Christ’s love and abundance in our lives–and we cherish every moment of it.
- Where are you located? As we were thinking about where to set our roots as a church community, we asked, “Where would Jesus go in Hampton Roads?” The answer came quickly and we set up shop in Portsmouth, VA. Portsmouth is one of the most poverty-stricken and crime-ridden cities in Southeastern Virginia, and Jesus cares deeply for it. In the spring of 2011 we were able to begin our Sunday gatherings at the Effingham Family YMCA. Christ Community provides many opportunities to gather with each other on a weekly basis so that we can grow in unity with Jesus and one another.
Effingham Family YMCA
1031 Effingham St.,
Portsmouth, VA 23704
- What is shared authority? Check out the talk below!
- Shared Authority Erik Smith 46:24