Updates Related To COVID-19
Message from Jason Bedell, Lead Pastor @ Forefront Church:
"In divided times in our nation and chaotic events around the world, it's more important than ever before to operate with love and care. We at Forefront Church will live without fear and misinformation, while simultaneously bringing a balanced approach to caring for our fellow man and woman, who are made in the image of God. You may have a perspective that swings to either side of the pendulum. Maybe you're "The world is ending," or possibly "This is all blown out of proportion." While we respect your individual perspective, our mandate as a church is "love our neighbors as ourselves." That means we put our politics, social-media-medical-degrees, and partisan news cycles aside and take our cues from facts and faith. If we are to error, which will happen at times because none of us are perfect, we will choose to error on the side of caution. The senior staff of Forefront Church (Dan Pollard, Becky Bruner, and myself) have sought wise counsel as we press forward to serve our community. During this time we first want to cling to the promise of God as He reminds us: 'So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.' - Isaiah 41:10. We love you all and thank you for trusting us to make the best, most informed decisions possible as we love our community and help people to find and follow Jesus."
Lead Pastor, Forefront Church
Updated 03.25.2020 at 1:21pm EST
WEEKEND WORSHIP & ONLINE CAMPUS
Since national, state, and local government is shutting down schools and urging no gatherings over 10 people, we will NOT be gathering at 2520 Holland Road, but we're still the "church." Our team will lead our worship experience online and we will air the weekend gathering at http://forefrontchurch.info/live as well as on Facebook and YouTube. We highly encourage you to worship with us! We have some great stories to continue to share this week (grab your tissues if you were able to find some). Online Campus service will air Sundays at 10am.
FAMILY MINISTRY: Pre K and K-5th Grade
We understand the pressure you're feeling with having the kids home for an unknown period of time. With that also leads to a question of how to foster their spiritual engagement? Don't fret, we have a plan in place.
We have programming available for students. You can view and engage those experiences at Family Ministry Live, on YouTube, and in our Family Ministry Facebook Group. Our K-5th graders will experience a live host along with songs, bible teaching, and everything that they're used to... ONLY LIVE ONLINE! That tablet or device that they may normally play games on is now a chance to hear about the love and hope of Jesus.
It's being hosted by Becky Bruner, our Family Ministries Director. Make sure to click the button above and join. We do not want your kids to miss out on a chance to learn about Jesus in a way that is just for them. Also, joining that group gives you exclusive access to parenting tips, connecting with our leaders, and learning about more ways to partner in guiding your kids.
Also, you can access all the wonderful music your kids listen to and love at: Orange Kids Music on Spotify
COLLIDE: Student Ministry, 6-12 grade
Our 6-12th grade students will engage online every Sunday Night @ 5pm on the Forefront YouTube Channel and in the Student/Parent Facebook Group. After our online teaching, we'll be connecting with our small groups via "Zoom", an online group video chat. Students will receive an email or text message from their small group leaders inviting them to their virtual small groups. We're thankful to be able to continue connecting with our students in this way!
What is Collide? Well, a collision is simply the meeting of two forces at the same place. Often a collision can be just the thing we need because when two objects collide, at least one will walk away changed. In fact, every time our lives collide with Jesus, we walk away changed. COLLIDE is a time for students to gather where they will get have fun, get to know each other, connect with leaders who care about them, and learn from the Bible in a practical way. COLLIDE happens Sunday nights at 5PM on our YouTube Channel. You can find feed embedded above or subscribe on YouTube.
We encourage you to GIVE your tithe and offering online, or text GIVE to 757-606-9976. You can always mail in your offerings to:
2520 Holland Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
While we're meeting together online instead of in person, we want you to be aware of two things:
1) 80% of our giving is done online and we are thankful for that use of technology.
2) Each week 3,000-4,000k of our offerings come in through cash and buckets donations in services. This goes a long way to meet needs in our community. If we are unable to meet, we encourage you to move all of your giving online to help ministry continue to happen.
As much as you are able, we encourage you to stay connected with your small groups digitally. For those already in a small group, you will be getting an invite from your leader to attend a Zoom video meeting up during your normally scheduled small group time. Not in a small group? If you'd like to join one or would like more information, you can find it here.
Don't have the Zoom App yet for meeting with your small group? Don't worry, we've made it easy for you to find. Click the link depending on your particular device and get ready for your online small group.
Zoom for iOS device: Download
Zoom for Android: Download
Zoom for Mac: Download
Zoom for Windows: Download