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Growing in Christ at AFM

Our sole purpose as a church is to help people grow closer to Jesus Christ. We believe that every person can grow into a deeper and more mature relationship with Him by focusing on FOUR important building blocks of faith (be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page):

Worship - "Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." (Psalm 95:6-7) Each week we gather for worship to sing, pray, hear the scriptures proclaimed and to commune with God. Worship is the beginning and end of a balanced Christian life.

Fellowship - "Let us not give up meeting together...but let us encourage one another..." (Hebrews 10.25) To grow closer to God, we need the company and friendship of other believers. It is good to know other believers and enjoy each other's company. By being around Christians, we are encouraged and strengthened in our spiritual journey. We create all sorts of gatherings from social activities (pot-lucks meals, children's plays, fundraisers, etc...) in an effort to create Christian community and friendships.

Discipleship - "Let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity." (Hebrews 6.1) The Christian walk requires the study of God's word and spiritual direction. Of course, we encourage personal, at-home Bible reading (click here for the one year Bible), study and prayer. However, we know that a person can only grow so much on their own. Spiritual direction happens best in groups. We offer weekly Sunday school classes for all age groups as well as Sunday evening programming for children, youth and adults. All of which is intended to help us grow in Christ.

Service - Christ called us to "love one another" (John 13.34-35) in Christian service. At Archdale Friends, we try to create as many avenues as possible for service to God's Kingdom. There are ministries WITHIN our church, such as Quaker Men, Missions Committee, Ministry & Counsel (church elders) AND ministries we support OUTSIDE our congregation such as C.O.A.T., Open Door Ministry, Communities in Schools and various can food/school supply drives. There are also plenty of opportunities for teaching, organization and simple hospitality.

"Tool Kit" for growing in Christ

Some resources to help you in your relationship with Jesus Christ

  • The Holy Bible: New International Version. Almost any version is OK but we recommend the NIV.
  • One Year Bible Reading Plan: a great way to get introduced to the Word of God.
  • More than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell: a simple, accessible explaination of the Christian faith
  • Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster: a good summary of the essential spiritual practices of a daily walk with Jesus.
  • Foundations for Membership, small booklet we can provide to you: a short introduction to Quakerism and her history.
  • Simple Church, by Thom Rainer: in a busy world, we need a simple church. We glean a lot of our programming concepts from this book.
  • These books are available for you to borrow OR if you want your own copy and you need help ordering these books, please let us know...we can help!!!


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