Re:church was birthed in the heart of pastor Sean and Amanda in early 2013. While seeking God’s will for their lives, Sean and Amanda had the opportunity to visit Rio Vista. It was a quick trip, and they left to continue seeking where God would have them go. Several months later, another opportunity to come to Rio Vista presented itself, and this time they felt God leading them to this great little city.
After a decade in youth ministry, Pastor Sean’s heart was to see families encounter Jesus before crisis hit their lives. Too many young people had too many problems in life, and the best way to prevent that was to reach families before they were crying out to God out of hardship. They saw a great need for young people, and families, to have a place where they could come and experience the life giving power of Jesus.
So they picked up and moved out of Sacramento to start Re:church. Why Re:church? From the outside it looked like if you wanted a great Rio Vista church there were plenty to choose from… And there are! But Pastor Sean and Amanda desired to do church a little less traditional than the average Rio Vista church. So Re:church was birthed out of a desire to try church a little differently.
What does trying to do church different mean?
From the widow, single parent, alcoholic, to the tattooed, pierced or divorced (and everyone in-between) a lot of people have been rejected and displaced by the so called religious. Re:church wants everyone to feel welcome when they walk in the door. We also don’t feel trapped into a specific style or method of “doing church”. We believe the church is made up of incredibly unique and diverse people, and we want Re:church to reflect that.
So how does Re:church do church differently?
It means we’re open to unorthodox services. It means we don’t need to do church the way it’s been done. It means that while we value some traditions of the past if they don’t serve a purpose today we won’t cling to them. It means we serve an exciting creative God, and worshiping Him should look like that. It means no matter your past or present, we know that God has a perfect plan for your life, and we’d love to help you get onto that path. We hope you’ll come and hang out with us so that you can become part of “Our Story” in this new Rio Vista church.
When are Services?-Currently, our festival church services are Sunday mornings at 8:30 in the field, you can come and set up your chair from 8-8:30. We have kids programs for ages 2-12, and a nursery for parents to bring fussy infants into.
How do I get to church?– Driving Directions to our Church location.
What should I wear?– The pastor is more than likely going to be in jeans, so we hope you’ll come in whatever makes you comfortable. If that’s shorts and flip flops, or a tuxedo with a bow-tie we have no expectation other than that you be dressed in some clothes.
Do you have anything for kids?– We sure do! Our kids ministry team does a great job, and kids can be checked in before each service in our downstairs area. We’ll have an age-appropriate lesson, craft or game for the kids while you enjoy the service. All our workers are carefully screened and background checked to ensure the safety of your child.
Do I have to give money?– No. There will be an opportunity to give and if you want to worship God in your giving we encourage you to do so. But you should never give out of guilt and we want all our guests to be comfortable. For those who do give, an online giving option is available on the give tab above.
What will the service format be like?– Usually, a typical service will have a period of praise and worship (music with our band and song leader), some announcements, an offering, a message from our pastor or a guest speaker, followed by a challenge or prayer time before dismissal. Some weeks there may be added elements including special music, dramas, baptism, missionaries or communion. We start on time each week at 9:30 & 11:00, and will almost always get you out in under 65 minutes.
Who are you affiliated with?– We are part of the Assemblies of God.
Is it ok if I disagree with some of your beliefs?– Is it ok if we like different toppings on our pizza? Just because we may not agree on some areas, everyone is welcome. We don’t expect everyone to be alike in other areas of life, and so we also don’t expect everyone to agree with our beliefs 100%. Just know that if you like vegetables on your pizza, you’re wrong. 🙂
WE BELIEVE IN 7 CORE TRUTHS
1) The Bible: The only time tested inspired Word of God.
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man – the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
2) God: The One True God
The One True God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of the heavens and earth, the Redeemer of mankind. He has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22)
3) Jesus: The only Son of God, Savior, and Soon Coming King
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare His: Virgin Birth(Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31,35); Sinless Life (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22); Miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); Substitutionary Work on the Cross (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21); Bodily Resurrection from the Dead (Matt 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor 15:4); Exaltation to the Right Hand of God (Acts 1:9,11;2:33; Phil 2:9,11; Hebrews 1:3); and His Personal and Imminent Return, and Millennial Reign (1 Thess 4:16-17, Rev 19:11-14; 20:1-6).
4) The Holy Spirit: Third Person of the Trinity & Giver of Supernatural Gifts
The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who indwells, baptizes, and gives supernatural gifts to all believers for empowerment to witness and serve. His present work is the same as that in the New Testament. (Acts 1:4-8; 2:4; 1 Cor 12:1-31)
5) Mankind: A sinful nature, In need of Salvation and Sanctification
Mankind was created good and upright, but by voluntary disobedience, fell into sin and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19) Mankind’s only hope of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ – giving us forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and power to live separated from evil through a regenerated heart. (John 3:!6; 6:44; Romans 10:9-10)
6) The Church: Every Believer, The Body of Christ
The church is to carry out the work of Christ in this world, equip people for ministry, and maintain the ordinances of the church – Water Baptism and Communion. (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Cor 11:26; Eph 4:11-16)
7) Our Future: Our Heavenly Home
Death for the believer is not an event to be feared, but a promotion to anticipate. Jesus is currently preparing an eternal home for all who know Him – so that they may live with Him forever. (1Thess 4:16; Rom 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor 15:51,52; Rev 21-22)