This is a Sunday where the body of Christ at Anthem Church is meeting “house to house” if you will. We are excited to take a Sunday and specifically remind ourselves that “the church” is not a building but a gathered group of believers in Jesus Christ. People are gathering in homes, parks, coffee shops and a variety of other venues around Ventura County to worship Jesus, study the Scriptures, take communion and pray together.
Anthem Anywhere is an idea that birthed out of the simple statement in Acts that “they met house to house”. In it’s most basic concept, it’s Anthem church happening in houses, parks, beaches, mountain tops and offices around Ventura County.
On Sunday, August 9th, we won’t be meeting at Arcturus (TO) or the Boys and Girls Club in Camarillo, but Anthem Church will still be gathering. We are encouraging families, community groups and groups of friends to gather for worship, studying the Scriptures, prayer, giving and communion wherever you want to meet!
We are going to be sending out information to community group leaders and anyone else that is interested in leading a gathering.
We will provide community group leaders, family leaders or anyone who wants to be a point person to gather people with a kit. That kit will include a liturgy for the day (what we’re studying, words and chord charts for those that can play music, and other helpful resources).
What’s your part?
There are a few main ways that you can participate:
1. Host a location
Are you a leader? Do you lead a community group, regularly gather people in your home for barbecues or to watch the Bachelorette? Dads and Moms, would you like to lead worship for your family and/or a few friends? Want to be a place for others to gather?
We recognize that there are many people (whether they’re regular attenders or first time visitors) who are not in a Community Group, and we’d like to do everything we can to include those people in Anthem Anywhere. To do this, we’re asking that each leader “register” their location online so that unconnected people can find a location that works for them. Once you have the details set for the day, please head to anthemchurch.org/aa-register to let us know your plan for the day so we can post it online. We will have people contact you directly if they are interested in being a part of what you’re doing for Anthem Anywhere.
2. Join a location
Check anthemchurch.org/anywhere to get the list of available locations to join! A natural avenue will be through relationships, family or community group, but we have a list of registered location that you can browse and jump into as well!
From helping provide food, to worship, to prayer, there are a variety of ways you can be the body and serve one another in your group. The best way to do this is after deciding what location to join, let the group leader know you want to help and they will help facilitate the conversation.
4. Share your experience
As you are posting pictures, thoughts, stories and experiences with Anthem Anywhere use the hashtag #anthemanywhere so everyone can join in celebrating this special day.
Want to learn more?
Head to anthemchurch.org/anywhere to get more resources, see a list of available locations and register your location.