"Worship is not about personal preference; it's about a communal connection. We come to participate in a drama that is the story of God's action in the world. Bring your joys, your desires, bring your baggage, but come with expectation and hope that you too will hear and be able to live into a good story." - Pastor Chris
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we currently meet for outdoor worship at 10am, and online worship at 10am & 5pm on Sundays at 8thstreet.online.church.
8th Street Church
701 NW 8th Street | Oklahoma City, OK 73102
WHAT TO EXPECT
In our church we are committed to telling good stories. We believe that we are in the midst of a great story of redemption where the hero, God, revealed to us in the person of Jesus, presents opportunities for change. This leaves us with a sense of hope.
Each week we Gather from different places, Listen to the good news that is presented, Respond to what we've heard, and are Sent to be a means of grace to the world - In other words, we are sent to be good neighbors to those around us.
Because we are committed to telling this redemptive story, 8th Street Church follows the lectionary, a resource based on the Christian Calendar. This allows for themes and seasons of emphasis to shape the individual believer and the Church. The seasons of the Christian year are: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Ordinary Time.
Want to know more about the Seasons of the Christian Church Year? CLICK HERE
WORSHIP FOR KIDS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD (ages 0-5)
The Neighborhood is a place where our kids learn to live the way of Jesus. In our nursery, we have simple lessons and songs that engage our babies in ways that communicate their value in the family of God. In our early childhood room, we have an order of service which includes elements from our adult service, specifically geared towards their age group. We are hopeful that these practices will help our kids learn how to be good and useful neighbors.
Our elementary kids (1st-5th grade) participate with us in service because we want them to be known, valued, & formed.
KNOWN: We want to know our kids by name and give them a sense of belonging within the community.
VALUED: We value the life that children bring to the service. Their wiggles, dancing, and whispers are all ways that they can worship God.
FORMED: By being in service every week, we pray that kids are formed by our practices, just as adults are.
Once a month, elementary students will be dismissed during the sermon to go with our ministry volunteers to hear a specially designed Kid's Sermon.
At the center of our services is the Table (also known as the Lord's Supper, Communion, the Eucharist). We have been embraced by Jesus, and he invites us to come and eat with him at his table, and to yield to his good work in our lives.
We practice Open Table, which means that everyone that is open to the good work of Jesus is invited to receive the bread and wine at communion. This is a sacred and sacramental activity. John Wesley, one of our theological forefathers, said that participating in the sacraments (i.e. the Eucharist and Baptism) is an "Outward sign of an inward grace." In other words, in this act, God does something for us that we cannot do for ourselves.
We understand that this is His table. These elements represent the body and blood of Christ who died for the sake of the world.
Historically, our denomination has been rooted in helping people with addictions. Therefore, we want there to be no barriers at our church so we offer non-alcoholic wine and for those with dietary needs, we offer gluten free bread.