Our hope is that Centre Church will be a place of healing, renewal, discovery, and joy for everyone who comes. We want it to be a place where people from all walks of life enter and not only hear they are welcome but experience that welcome first hand. We want to make room for skeptics, and create a culture where we all can share our daily struggles without fear of condemnation. We want to live life together with joy and great hope in the redemptive power of the Gospel.

Centre Church has been here for a while, over 250 years as a matter of fact. That means we've seen pretty much everything by now. One thing we know for sure, we are far from a perfect church. We've been through good times and bad times. We've had seasons of revival and times where things looked bleak. But through it all we've consistently seen God working in our midst, and teaching us what the church is supposed to be about. 

When any church is healthy and running well it is perhaps the most glorious thing on earth, but when things go wrong it can be extremely painful, it can be divisive, it can leave wounds that are hard to recover from, and it can give the rest of the world wrong ideas about Jesus and his followers. In scripture we see that the church is not a building or an event, but a people who find life through the truth of God’s word. Who live in a community built around authentic relationships and real connection. It is a people who welcome others, and invite them to come as they are. The Church is meant to be a place to bring your questions, engage with your doubts, and find the soul-satisfying answers we are all seeking.

Of course, we realize the church is also a part of the real world: a world full of selfishness, misunderstanding, and conflict. That means for the church to be its best we must pursue not only spiritual health, but emotional health. We must learn how to work through conflict and reconcile with one another. We must form deep connections that can withstand the ups and downs of life together. Real relationships take work, and the gospel gives us the resources to do that work and to even find joy in the midst of it.

Finally, the church does not exist for itself alone, the church is called to make a difference in the world. As a people saved by grace, we are motivated to show grace and mercy to the world around us. As a people who have been reconciled to God and one another through the cross, we desire to see the divisions in the world healed, and people brought together through works of compassion and the pursuit of justice.

If that intrigues you, we'd love for you to come check it out. We hope that you will discover however you are coming, strong or weak, deeply faithful or deeply skeptical, in love with the church or wounded by the church (or maybe a little of both), there's a place for you here. 

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