The Reformed Church of Bushkill is blessed to comprise a rich diversity of people. We have different religious histories (and sometimes no religious history!), various theological perspectives, and quite an array of skin colors. We come from any number of countries, and have grown up in any number of circumstances. We have one thing in common, though: we’re trying to live out the way of Jesus Christ. We find meaning in letting our diversity find expression in our worship, in music, and in the form of our worship service. We’re a church that believes deeply in relationships. Those get expressed in a joyous and even somewhat loud coffee hour after the service.
Our Mission is Sharing God’s Grace with All People Through Vibrant Worship, Caring Fellowship and Christian Love
We do our best to serve our community: we’re a host church for a local homeless program, and have started the Breaking Free Recovery Center, where people in our community can find support addressing their hurts, hang-ups and habits. Above all, we’re a church that believes in following where Jesus is calling us to be. We don’t want to keep doing things – either in our church or as individuals – in the same ways we always have. Jesus calls us to grow and that requires that we change. We invite you to join us in that journey!
More and more, people want to experience, and even participate in, the Christian faith before signing on. That’s a good thing! You can explore the Reformed Church of Bushkill at one of our two worship services. We worship at 10:30 AM each Sunday morning. This is our largest service – our band plays at this service. Because it dovetails with our Sunday School, we have a children’s moment at each Sunday morning service too.
We do a very similar service on Sunday evenings at 7 PM. Our evening service is quieter, however. There’s a bit less singing, but we take some time to talk together after the sermon about what God is trying to teach us through the Scripture lesson. There’s a simple meal before each evening service at 6:30.
Sunday School is at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. We have classes for kids from age 3 through high school. We also have a class for adults. In addition to this opportunity for adult discipleship, we have a lot of small groups – we call them Growth Groups – that meet throughout the week. Most of the Growth Groups discuss the Scripture lesson that we read in Sunday worship.
We have all sorts of other things going on which you can read about as you look a little more thoroughly at our web site.
If you’d like to explore the life of Christ more deeply, we invite you to join with us. You’re welcome to just sit and see if the life of Christ as our church understands it works for you. But you can only sit for a little while! Our church has discovered that Jesus calls each of us into ministry. So we strongly encourage each of our people to discover the way God has shaped them for ministry, listen to God’s call, and then get out and do.
Jesus had a bunch of people called disciples whom He had gathered around Him. Disciple simply means one who comes to experience and learn life at the hand of a master. Jesus - THE Master - spent a lot of time teaching them the way of the Kingdom of God. Then, after He had been raised, Jesus told those same disciples to go into the world and make more disciples, with the help of the Holy Spirit. This, then, is the job of the Christian church: to help God make disciples. This is also the task of every human being who walks this planet: to experience and learn the life of the Kingdom of God - to more fully become disciples of Jesus Christ.
You don't simply become a disciple. Rather, you becooooooome a disciple. You can become a Christian pretty quickly, and many people do. In doing so, we make Christ the be-all and end-all of our lives and our salvation is assured. To become a disciple, though, is a lifelong process. Our church feels God calling us to help Him make disciples, people who gradually know, follow, experience, then know more, follow further and experience more deeply the way of God.
There are Growth Groups led by trained leaders meeting in several locations and at various times sponsored by the Reformed Church of Bushkill and dedicated to providing authentic relationships with others as they deepen their relationship with God. The coordinator of Growth Groups is dedicated to providing a group experience to anyone who wishes to have one. God has created us with a need for community and that community is best achieved by belonging to a group of ten or fewer people in which all members develop a close, trusting relationship that allows folks to truly care for one another. You owe it to yourself and, more importantly, to God to be in such a group.
The Reformed Church of Bushkill are a truly caring bunch of people. This statement has become a trademark of our congregation for some time now. We are blessed to be able to say that we have many people in our congregation who minister to the sick, depressed, lonely, and people who simply need a friend. We are blessed, also, to have a Congregational Care Ministry that has a few designated people who provide care on behalf of our church.
These special people will make visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and houses of those who are in need or want of prayer or care. Some have had classes that have taught them to minister to and counsel those in need. Some will send a card or make a phone call. Others are blessed with gifts such as the ability to cook or bake and will provide meals to those who are in need.
The people who provide care in this ministry are called to take care of people, and they do their best to make sure that when they hear of someone in need, they respond with care and kindness. Our Congregational Care ministers do their very best to make sure that our congregation feels cared for.
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Family Promise is a county-wide program that assists in helping needy families that are homeless. Our church has taken on the obligation of participating in this program. We are responsible for supplying food, basic daily supplies, shelter and functional living quarters for the families enrolled in the program. It requires assistance and coordination from many volunteers to make the program successful and operational. At the end of our "Host" week, we are left with a feeling of success, gratitude and honor to be able to assist other families in their time of need.
Our program is always looking for volunteers and donations. If you are interested, please contact us at your convenience.
The Sunday Fellowship Committee is responsible for the Fellowship Hour after service. It only takes approximately one hour before and one hour after service to successfully make the Fellowship Hour happen. Each week we have a sign-up sheet that is at the beginning of the food tables. It allows everyone to sign up for a food donation that would be brought in Sunday before service that would be shared with everyone after service is completed. The food donation can be homemade baked goods and snacks as well as store-bought products. We are ALWAYS looking for help before and after service to assist in the set-up and tear-down of Fellowship Hour.
This has become a tradition in our church. It is a time after service that we are able to come together as a congregation and "mingle". It enables everyone to meet new members and visitors of our church. It can build friendships and life-long lasting relationships between yourself and others.
If you are interested please contact us at your convenience to assist.
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At The Reformed Church of Bushkill, our worship is an interesting amalgam of traditional Reformed liturgy and modern elements. You’ll hear electric guitars and maybe see a movie clip that illustrates a point from the sermon. We also follow the liturgical format that the Reformed Church has used for nearly 500 years. This Reformed liturgy moves us through the drama and mystery of salvation each Sunday. Above all, this liturgy keeps the Word of God central to our worship.
Our diversity and commonality dramatically influence the way we worship. On a given Sunday, you might hear Gospel, rock ‘n’ roll and traditional hymns. You’ll hear the Bible examined in depth, while we also remember that not everyone has much familiarity with Scripture. We’ll use everyday language to talk about the truths of Scripture that guide our everyday lives.
There are two similar services each Sunday. Each has its own different character however. The morning service, at 10:30, has a lot of energy and music. This is the service at which our band plays and choir sings. It typically lasts an hour-and-a-quarter. Our evening service is smaller, quieter and more relational. Each Sunday evening, we leave time to talk with each other during the service about what God is saying to us through the Scripture lesson.
There is at least one offering of Adult Sunday School that meets concurrently with the Sunday School offering for children and youth each Sunday.
Sunday School at The Reformed Church of Bushkill is taught by a loving and dedicated staff of teachers. There are classes for children ages three years old through 12th Grade; our Sunday School starts in September and continues until June of the next year. We meet as a group in blue classroom at 9:00 AM to work on community service projects, crafts and other fun stuff. Then the kids are dismissed to their classrooms where class runs until about 10:15 AM.
We usually have special activities for Advent and Easter, where all the children work on something special for the season, (sometimes Moms and Dads are invited too)! Please bring your children for Sunday School at our church – we would love to have them!
“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.” – Proverbs 22:6
Vacation Bible School at The Reformed Church of Bushkill is offered to children ages four through 6th Grade and is usually during the month of July or August. The week runs from Monday through Friday and it begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until Noon. The day is filled with exciting Bible lessons, great crafts, fun games, cool music, and of course a yummy snack. We would love to have your children join us for an awesome week as we learn how to live for Jesus better each day!
Our Vacation Bible School is staffed by a great group of volunteers from our congregation and they do an amazing job! They usually come back each year because they really love the kids and they absolutely love the Lord!
We have trained a team of liturgists to assist in leading our service. They pray, select responses and enable worship to flow in a smooth fashion. The training to join this team takes four weeks.
Several folks from our congregation have been through extensive preaching training. When the pastor is away, these trained preachers lead worship. The training for these “preachers from the pews” lasted about 12 weeks.
The Reformed Church of Bushkill will be beginning a 31-week study of The Story – a chronological selection of Bible Scripture, compiled in story format. The program will begin on October 12, 2014 and run throughout the entire 31 weeks.
Everyone is welcome to be involved. Preschoolers, children, teens and adults will be reading the same theme in age appropriate books, offering a unique opportunity for sharing Scripture together as we seek to get to the heart of God’s story.