As a church, we provide a number of different contexts for believers to obey the “one another” commands of Scripture. There are three primary ways to connect with fellow believers at Elmira Christian Center
The primary way to connect with our congregation is by becoming a covenant member, submitted to the leadership and committed to the other believers at ECC. It is our conviction that the Christian life can only be fully realized in relationships and community with others.
1. Corporately | Lord’s Day Worship
Every week we gather together on Sunday morning to receive love from God and give love to our neighbor. In the corporate gathering of the church God invites us to recalibrate our desires, the Spirit nourishes us through the word, and we, by God’s grace, become people who treasure him above all else. Everyone is welcome. In this service, we sing several songs, hear Scripture read, offer prayers of confession and thanksgiving to God, listen to a sermon, and every other week celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
These gatherings also provide the members of ECC with several opportunities for serving the rest of the body. Ministry teams enable volunteers to use their gifts to serve the church and to develop relationships with others. These teams include kids ministry, greeting, ushering, security, media, and music performance.
2. Publicly | Weekly Gatherings
Along with the corporate gathering of the local church there are other times throughout the week when we gather to experience life centered on God’s word together. These public and weekly gatherings provide additional ways to connect with one another.
Community Groups. These are our church’s “small groups.” These groups consist of about 10-15 people who meet for around 90 minutes to enjoy fellowship, conversation, and prayer, to eat and laugh, and to discover the life-changing truths of Scripture together (Acts 2:42).
Men’s Prayer. Saturday mornings at 8:00am the men of the church gather together in our church lobby for an hour prayer.
“Adorned” Women’s Ministry. The goal of Adorned is that intentional, one-on-one discipling relationships would begin to take place between older and younger women, and that the women of ECC would also meet regularly for fellowship, encouragement, and prayer. These bi-monthly gatherings in our lower auditorium take place on Saturday mornings and are for the women of our church (ages 16+). Every other month many of the women also meet up to visit some of our shut-ins.
Outreaches. Throughout the year we also host various events to serve our community and share the gospel. These include activities such as block parties and picnics in the park adjacent to our church.
Work Days. As our church facilities need improvements and renovations, or when a church family is moving or is need of help around the home, we hold work days for all able-bodied men and women. These events are announced in our service and included in our weekly newsletter.
We also want “to love one another” outside of our public gatherings. Although there is no requirement to connect with others in a home or coffee shop, we encourage everyone to do so. No man is an island and no Christian can receive the love of Christ apart from other Christians. The author of Hebrews understood this when he connected the “confession of our hope” with the words “meet together” two verses later.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
At ECC, we seek to love one another on a personal level through activities such as one-on-one discipleship, hospitality, evangelism, and shut-in visitation. On any given day you will find members of ECC getting together to have coffee, study the Bible, share meals, have kid play-dates, visit our sick and shut-ins, or serve those in need.