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Two Churches & Covid-19

Hello & Welcome! And thank you for taking the time to check us out!

The Covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways, including the way we worship and do ministry. During this time, we've learned to worship online, and have strived to find new and innovative ways to reach out to the community and continue to do God's work.

As of Oct. 10, 2022, the Episcopal Pastoral Directive that we had previously operated under has been lifted. We are now able to determine our COVID safety policies at the local congregational level. We do, however, recognize that COVID is still present and is part of our “new normal.” And so we continue to monitor our local situation, and will communicate any potential exposures we are made aware of to our worshipping community, typically thru our MailChimp email system. (Subscribing to our newsletter includes these emails.)

Masks are OPTIONAL but still recommended, particularly if you are at a higher risk of infection. If you choose to wear a mask while in the building, there’ll be no judgement here, but please know there will be others who choose not to wear one. Please do what is most comfortable for you.

If you worship with us in-person, we are using both wine and wafer for communion. To minimize exposure risk, we are partaking of communion via intinction, with the presider dipping the wafer in the chalice and then placing the wafer in the recipient's hand. Those who wish to may also receive the wafer only, confident in our belief that "when we receive in one kind, we receive the benefits of both kinds." And as always, gluten/wheat-free wafers are available as well. Our most recent "pre-covid" traditions were to use communion bread and offer both intinction and common cup, and we hope to return to this practice eventually.

We have a “coffee hour” which follows worship, and we do hope you'll be able to join us. We're a pretty friendly bunch, and a chat over coffee & treats is a great way for us all to get to know one another.

We also stream our services on Facebook Live for our out-of-towners & those who prefer to worship from home. The big yellow button will take you to the correct page for that. You don’t need a Facebook account to view our worship stream/videos, though one is required to leave comments or "like" the post. (Without a FB account, there may be pop-up windows that get in the way - just click the area behind them to see the video.) If you do have a FB account, we encourage you to leave a comment - just a friendly hello is great so we know you are with us, or if you have a specific prayer request there'll be a time for that too. Whatever way you choose to connect with us, we look forward to worshipping with you!

We truly do believe that God's love is for all people, and you will be welcomed here. Please prayerfully consider us as a “church family” you would like to worship with as we continue to grow in God's amazing love. We look forward to being together in community with you – either in-person or "virtually"! And please contact us if you have any questions.

Welcome to Two Churches

In a spirit of community, Two Churches brings together people from all walks of life. Our congregation believes in justice and equality, love and responsibility, and overcoming denominational tribalism. Here you will find ancient traditions yet modern language, authentic sermons, and open doors. No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Please join us for one of our worship services.

“Together in faith, bringing God’s love to the world.”

What you'll find

Two Churches is a community of Christians who practice an ancient faith through a modern lens. We come together to bring the love of Christ alive in Kentwood.

Worship is both traditional and modern, with scripture readings, a sermon, & prayers. There's typically a Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion — the presence of Christ in the forms of bread and wine), and you are invited to join us at the Lord's Table. Our Sunday worship service is held at 9 AM both in-person and streamed via Facebook Live. We continue to join together in a prayer for Spiritual Communion for our online worshippers who are not able to physically receive the Eurcharist. There will be some organ or piano music provided, the presider may occasionally chant for part of the service, and we will be singing parts of the liturgy and have 2 or 3 hymns/songs.

If you are able to join us at the church, please feel free to wear what’s comfortable. You’ll see a wide range of styles here, from business casual to jeans and shorts. Children of all ages are welcome in our worship – in fact we encourage you to sit closer to the front so they can see better! But we understand too if you’re not always comfortable with that, and there is a nursery room nearby with books & toys if you have need of it.

Whether you prefer to worship in-person or online, we hope you can join us. Our worship is typically followed by a coffee hour, and there will usually be some sort of treat available. So please feel free to stick around and get to know us. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. We look forward to meeting you!

Ministries

Two Churches strives to make a REAL difference in the community around us.
"What happens at Two Churches does not stay at Two Churches!"

Diaper Depot

Low-income families with infants & small children often have to choose between diapers and other necessities such as food or transportation. Diaper Depot helps those families stretch their budgets by offering a free package of diapers, and currently serves an average of 173 infants & children each month. Diaper Distribution Dates & Times

Feeding Ministries

Much of our community ministry efforts focus on supporting organizations that seek to find solutions to poverty, and more specifically food insecurity. This includes the Green Apple Food Pantry (formerly John Knox Food Pantry), ACCESS of West Michigan, and St. Mark's Cafe. Our ministries include monthly collections as well as special events.

Other Ministries

Matthew 22:36-40 teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, and it is our understanding that this means EVERYONE. We strive to show that love in a tangible way through a variety of programs and volunteer events. Reflecting a key phrase of the ELCA, this is "God's Work. Our Hands."

Who we are

Two Churches is The Church of the Holy Cross (Episcopal) & Ascension Lutheran Church (ELCA), two Kentwood congregations with a long history of collaboration, who came together in 2014 as one Christian community, worshipping and “being church” together in one building. We are inclusive and ecumenical. We are both Lutheran & Episcopal, yet many of our members & friends come from other backgrounds as well, all finding welcome here. Together, we seek to better understand God’s unconditional love for us all, and to share God’s message of love with the community around us.

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