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Welcome

Meeting new people in a new place is hard. We get it. Our goal is to ensure that there are no obstacles between you and your encounter with Jesus of Nazareth – including feeling like an outsider. At Baleville we believe that God is able to redeem any person with any past, and we seek to make the beginning of your journey here align with that eternal invitation.

The Word

“This church recognizes the bible as the sufficient rule of faith and practice, and holds that living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus is the true test of fellowship.” A visitor to Baleville can expect to hear the incredible history of grace found in the scriptures, taught faithfully, wrestled with honestly, and prayerfully lived out authentically.

Worship

St. Paul said that our living stories as people are worship (Rom. 12:1). When we gather as a community, we seek to reveal those stories. At Baleville we invite a blend of today’s stories in modern music and yesterday’s testimonies in historic hymns. We use a traditional liturgy to intentionally guide our present experience, and stay connected not to the forms of the past, but the shared encounter with Jesus spoken of through it.

Relationship

Baleville seeks to be a relational congregation through the growing and intentional use of community, both in large assembly and more intimate life groups. The primary aim of our invitation is to reveal a relational Jesus, and our goal is to leave behind organizational religion and guide all persons towards an eternal relationship with their Creator.

Childcare

Families are invited to stay together during congregational worship, but we understand that for many families and for many reasons this is not always best for parents, the community and often the child. For this reason, feel free to use the childcare provided downstairs on Sunday mornings. All workers go through a screening process and background check at Baleville.

Participation

Historic liturgy is not observational but participatory. While many of the goals of historic liturgy are no longer appropriate – for example, focusing on illiterate persons in worship – the broader intention of meaningful, engaging encounters with Jesus remain true. To this end our congregation engages in responsive reading, hymn singing and corporate reading to remove divisions between looking at, and worshiping with.