J.M. asks from Fort Worth, TX on June 17, 2009
Hope Church or Other Church in Downtown/south Fort Worth Area
We are looking for a new church. I was raised Church of Christ and my husband was forced to go to (Baptist). We have been going to South Arlington Church of Christ for the past 3 yrs. There have been some changes and we have decided to look for someplace else. We have tried Southside Church of Christ (very near our house) and it was okay, but not what we are looking for. During an internet search I found Hope Church and didn't know if anyone had been there or if anyone had any recomendations. I am not strict Church of Christ - only accapella music I am not big on as I don't mind instruments during services, but I am big on teaching from the bible and full immersion bapstism when you are ready not when the chruch has it scheduled.
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Thanks for all the responses. Some of the suggested churchs were too far from our house. We are looking for something close so that as my kids make friends they are more likely to live near to us. Right now the kids in our church go to a different school district than mine. Also we are looking for a not to big church. My husband is shy and does not like big crowds so a congrgation that has more than 300ish or so might not work for him.
We tried Hope Church yesterday. It was the kids and me as my husband had to work. It was okay. My 5 yr old had fun; my 9 yr old said it was okay, but said she felt strange as she was the only one there with a bible as you don't need them; my 7 month old enjoyed having his own person; I had a hard time with it. After coming from a church were the song leader is awsome I noticed that not many people sang here mainly listened. I also noticed that they didn't have communion (soemthing church of Christ does every Sunday). Everyone was very friendly!! It was also very close to our house.
I think we will try Altamesa Church of Christ next. Maybe this Sunday - depends on what time we get home from Granbury Saturday night.
C.M. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
Sounds like you would fit right in with Richland Hills Church of Christ; it might be a little further than you want to drive but we have lots of people that come from far away. We have both acappella (Sun 9 AM) and instrumental (Sat 5 PM or Sun 11:30 AM) services; great Bible teaching, full immersion baptism and more ministries and ways to get involved than you can "shake a stick at". You can download sermons, watch live services or find other information at www.rhchurch.org.
Summer Spectacular (VBS for the whole family) is going on now. The last session started last night and goes through Friday night. Starts at 6:30 PM. Come join us!
L.V. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
I don't really know about any of the Churches of Christ, but in Arlington there is Lake Arlington Baptist Church. Several of my neighbors go there, and it is fantastic! Also, I attend Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth (at I-30 and Bryant Irvin), and it is great too! Really Bible based. Send me a message if you want more info or if you'd like me to get you in touch with one of my neighbors. Good luck! You'll find the church God wants for you!
C.D. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
You could look into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are several church buildings in or around downtown Fort worth. The Fort Worth 8th ward meets at 9:00 am on 2520 8th Ave. The Arlington 2nd ward meets at 10:50 at 6300 Crawford Ln W.
No matter which ward (congregation) you attend, the same principles and doctrines are being taught world wide.
There are beautiful hymns (typically with piano or organ), special musical numbers from choirs, to soloists, to instrumentals. Doctrines are taught from the bible (King James Version).
As stated in the 4th article of faith, "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." Baptisms do not take place until at least the age of 8, and only then if the person is ready to make this personal covenant with the Lord.
There are full weekly programs for children (primary and sunday school)as well as sacrament meeting (worship service).
Unlike many other churches, There is no paid ministry, so the bishop and his counselors as well as all of the other teachers and leaders, fulfill their callings in addition to having their own jobs and families to take care of. The members themselves provide the weekly talks/sermons under the direction of the bishop.
There is a large emphasis on knowing for yourself that the gospel is true by praying to Heavenly Father and receiving answers through the Holy Ghost.
No matter where you decide to attend, I hope you and your husband find a place where you can feel welcome and uplifted and where you can be spiritually nourished. ;o)
L.P. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
I attend the Roanoke church of Christ and love it. There are a lot of kids. We have some members who previously drove from Arlington but recently moved closer. We would love to have you visit. I know nothing about directions so couldn't tell you how far or close it is.
S.C. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
I live in Arlington and attend a baptist church. Our pastor preaches from the bible, we have a baptismal that people can get the full immersion when baptized, and we do many mission minded things as well. I've been going there for 15 years now. If you would like more infortmation, just send me a message through my email at ____@____.com.
M.Y. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
Not sure how far you are willing to drive but you could try Crossroads Christian Church on 360 in Grand Prairie. There are a lot of former Church of Christ folks. We have attended many years. It is a Bible church that we love.
K.S. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
I realize you said Church of Christ, but I wanted to suggest another...How about visiting Pantego Bible Church near 30 and Eastchase? We are taught directly from the Bible, and we believe in full immersion baptism when your ready. We've been there 11 years and we love it. You kids will love it there too!
V.B. answers from Dallas on June 18, 2009
My neighbors were Church of Christ for years and about 2 years ago found the Church on Rush Creek here in Arlington at Green Oaks and Bowen Road. They absolutely love it and you could come I-20, no sweat. I'm not sure where you live, but visit it and see.