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Church uses drive-in service as outreach

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 - 2:14 PM CST

Westgate AG drive-in service
Westgate Assembly uses a unique approach to attract new people to its doors -- offering a "drive-in" 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. Those attending the outdoor service tune in on their radios. A traditional indoor service is held at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday worshippers at Westgate Assembly in Salem, Oregon, this summer have been honking their horns and flashing their lights in lieu of clapping.

Westgate added an 8:30 a.m. drive-in service in addition to its 10:30 a.m. indoor worship service.

As cars enter the parking lot, attendants direct occupants to a drive-through for free coffee and doughnuts. Churchgoers receive a packet with song lyrics, sermon materials, a portable Communion container and, if needed, a kids' Bible story and activity with crayons.

The vehicles then park facing a stage according to size: trucks in the back, vans in the middle and cars in the front. Radios are tuned to 100.7 FM.

The church owns a radio transmitter that broadcasts the service into the parking lot. The service consists of three worship songs, special music, guest interviews or testimonies and a sermon by Pastor Bob Swope.

The service has drawn a variety of people including chemotherapy and radiation patients who shouldn't be exposed to others, elderly people unable to walk and those normally uncomfortable in a church.

"Half of the people aren't church people at all, but they want to check out what God's all about," Swope says. He hopes such newcomers will give the regular service a tryout after staying in their vehicles for several weeks.

Some local residents have criticized the stay-in-your-car service for fostering isolation, but Swope sees it as an outreach.

"We are trying to make it as a bridge where people can be introduced to Jesus," he says.

The drive-in church also resolves a common noise complaint some people make.

"They can't say it's too loud or too soft, because they control the volume in their car," Swope says.

For more information about Westgate AG, see its Web site.

 


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Westgate AG drive-in service
Westgate Assembly uses a unique approach to attract new people to its doors -- offering a "drive-in" 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. Those attending the outdoor service tune in on their radios. A traditional indoor service is held at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday worshippers at Westgate Assembly in Salem, Oregon, this summer have been honking their horns and flashing their lights in lieu of clapping.

Westgate added an 8:30 a.m. drive-in service in addition to its 10:30 a.m. indoor worship service.

As cars enter the parking lot, attendants direct occupants to a drive-through for free coffee and doughnuts. Churchgoers receive a packet with song lyrics, sermon materials, a portable Communion container and, if needed, a kids' Bible story and activity with crayons.

The vehicles then park facing a stage according to size: trucks in the back, vans in the middle and cars in the front. Radios are tuned to 100.7 FM.

The church owns a radio transmitter that broadcasts the service into the parking lot. The service consists of three worship songs, special music, guest interviews or testimonies and a sermon by Pastor Bob Swope.

The service has drawn a variety of people including chemotherapy and radiation patients who shouldn't be exposed to others, elderly people unable to walk and those normally uncomfortable in a church.

"Half of the people aren't church people at all, but they want to check out what God's all about," Swope says. He hopes such newcomers will give the regular service a tryout after staying in their vehicles for several weeks.

Some local residents have criticized the stay-in-your-car service for fostering isolation, but Swope sees it as an outreach.

"We are trying to make it as a bridge where people can be introduced to Jesus," he says.

The drive-in church also resolves a common noise complaint some people make.

"They can't say it's too loud or too soft, because they control the volume in their car," Swope says.

For more information about Westgate AG, see its Web site.

 


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National Youth Convention Launches The Human Right Movement

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 - 3:23 PM CST

The Human Right

The Human Right movement was launched this week during the 2014 Assemblies of God National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival being held July 28-August 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

"The Human Right is to know Jesus and the movement is to make Him known," explains Heath Adamson, senior director for AG Youth Ministries. "This is the beginning of the launch that will continue through the Centennial and reverberate for years to come as we summon the world to come alongside this generation of students to fulfill the original mission of the Assemblies of God, which is the greatest evangelization the world has ever known."

Adamson says that during this week, the focus is on seeking the presence of the Lord and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this generation in light of Acts 1:8.

Heath Adamson
Adamson

Friday evening's service from the 2014 Assemblies of God National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival is being live-streamed online. The live streaming of the evening service begins at 7 p.m. EDT. Tuesday's service, featuring the launch of The Human Right, is located in the archives section, found by clicking on the "Videos" link to the right of the viewing area.

"The evening services have been phenomenal," Adamson says. "The presence of the Lord has been the focus of our prayers, and I'm delighted that God has continued to surprise us with His rich presence. Students are encountering the presence of God as they are being urged to abide in Christ, abandon everything, and advocate for the gospel."

This year's national theme for youth has been "Limitless," which, in part, urges students not to limit what God can do through them. Speakers at this year's convention include Greg Steir, president of Dare 2 Share Ministries; Scotty Gibbons, AG national youth strategist; and Jason Frenn, Power to Change ministries.

As dozens of Fine Arts Festival categories are going on simultaneously, live streaming of the FAF preliminary performances is not offered. However, during Friday evening's celebration service, which will be live streamed, many of the Fine Arts Festival Merit Award winners will be performing.

For a schedule of events of National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival, click here.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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