Student Column: A church to call home
I chose to write this column because I have found a church I am proud to call my home: Berkeley Hills Wesleyan. I, like many others, have felt a connection from my very first visit until even now, over a year later. The warm inviting atmosphere draws in people of all ages and walks of life, and the biblically-based preaching by Pastor Kyle Brown fills our hearts with knowledge and wisdom.
There are certain fellowship opportunities that have made a large impact on the amount of college students in attendance — FOOD. To the students who receive it, it is far more than that. The first Sunday in every month the church makes a home cooked meal for the college-age attendees. They nurture us spiritually and physically. The real surprise is that the other three Sundays there is a meal too. This is held at Janine and Eric Conway’s house regularly. Not only are they hospitable, but Janine is a fantastic cook! For students that are away from home, they provide the loving touch that helps us finish the year strong. Janine’s weekly encouraging e-mails let us know she is thinking about us and that we are always welcome in her family.
Although the physical benefits are pleasant, the opportunities for service are the real package. Junior Kurtis Koffkey, when asked about what drew him into the church said, “The focus of serving God and serving others.” Kurtis is involved in the worship team and leads the college Bible study that is held on Thursday nights. Berkeley Hills has a strong focus on the community and showing the love of Christ to those around them. I personally, am involved in the children’s ministry and work with the kindergarten children.
They bring joy to my life as I teach them about the Bible and what God can do in their life. Chris Augustat is in charge if the children’s ministries and shared many ways for college-age students to be involved. She explained that they love to have small group leaders, nursery workers, and help at their Aberdeen Elementary programs. Once a week, several Berkeley members visit Aberdeen Elementary and assist the children in reading or are just a friend that they need. They also have a program called “Loop” that occurs one Monday out of the month. This is where the children are bused from Aberdeen to the church and they learn about a different virtue each visit. Pastor Brown stated that our churches mission statement is “Knowing Jesus, Being Jesus.” He said to provide the best way to be Jesus Christ to the community is by watching first to see what needs there are to meet. Whether it is food or an after school program, Berkeley Hills is eager to provide it.
Berkeley Hills is a loving place filled with the presence of God. If you would like to be involved, stop by the church and pick up a flyer. It is just North of Leonard and Ball, and services are held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.