“Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of… Continue reading The Wilderness: Lent at First Church
It’s 2020! At this time of year, many people are reflecting on their lives and habits, and planning for the future. Who am I? Do I want to change? How can I become a better person? We believe that part of being a Christian is seeing what guidance we can find in the Bible. In… Continue reading Put on the “New You” in 2020!
Join us for the Advent season at First Church! In the weeks leading up to Christmas we will be exploring the different perspectives and people involved in the birth of Christ! This Advent at First Church we will be looking at the different people involved in the Gospel Christmas narratives and how they saw Jesus.… Continue reading Advent at First Church: “Some Children See Him”
Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren is kicking off our children and youth programs for the school year! This year, we are extending a special invitation to families in the district and our neighborhood to join us on Wednesday nights as we start a new children/youth programming venture. Kids Club is for ages 4 –… Continue reading Kids Club, Youth Group, and Fellowship Meal
First Church has been exploring the series “Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart” since Sunday June 16th. This worship series comes from Sanctified Art. Every Sunday we will explore a Bible passage, art image, and our experiences of unraveling and weaving. Accompanying devotional books and bookmarks (outlining the order of topics) are available… Continue reading Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart
Vacation Bible School 2019 Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren and Sunrise Church of the Brethren are teaming up this year for Vacation Bible School. We are very excited as we come together and learn “Who Is My Neighbor?” During this exciting week we will Learn to Love Like Jesus! Day 1 – Mark 12:28-34 Love… Continue reading Vacation Bible School 2019 – Who is my neighbor?
Just what is hospitality? When we think about hospitality and the bible, we generally think about Martha and Mary hosting Jesus. And, we generally believe that Mary got it right. The truth is, neither one of them got it quite right! Why you might ask? It is helpful to remember the origin and definition of biblical hospitality.… Continue reading Hospitality: A Relationship of Giving and Receiving
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5: 17-18 Last week we talked about how hard praying without ceasing might seem… especially when we are tied to a particular form of prayer. This week, we are looking at gratitude…… Continue reading Gratitude: Giving Thanks Activites
Sunday we talked about the many ways to pray. Often, we are very good at talking, or making requests, but not so good at listening.Here are some ways to practice tuning in to God: As a family: Take a walk, a hike or just find a comfortable place to sit outdoors with the idea of… Continue reading Prayer: Tuning In Activities
First Church invites you to join in our Vacation Bible School: Rolling River Rampage! It is sure to be splashingly good fun! Dates: June 18-21 Times: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm For: Rising PK – Rising 8th graders For more information or to inquire about registration, contact the church office at 540-434-8288. You may now register… Continue reading Vacation Bible School