Hi, I’m Nick Croft, Youth and Associate Pastor at First Assembly of God in Front Royal, VA. While we build the content for our site I’ll be helping to get the most important information out about your church. One thing that is really important to us is the real people we work with all the time. The stuff I am saying will be replaced by things those real people say about the ministries they work with, and testimonies about how those ministries have helped them.
I also know how important it is to get online, so people can find us and see what we are all about.
I’m trying to make it easy to find your way around, so in the top you will see our navigation menu with links to information about our church. However, I know that sometimes you want a handy quick reference, so if you are looking to visit the church, or otherwise want to know the “visitor” information, please visit the I’m New page. Also, our standard hours and directions will always be easy for you to find on each page of the site.
I will be bringing in some new features, like live sermons, and interviews with real people in our church and community as well.
A couple of quick notes on the heart of the church.
We are hungry to see God do amazing things. We are starting to devote additional time to seeking the move of His Spirit in our lives and services. At the same time we are passionate about serving.
We have ministries in place to help out community. Jesus told a parable about some people that came to God during judgement. Some were told to depart because when Jesus was hungry they did not feed him, when he was thirsty they did not give him drink, he had no clothes but they did not give him garments, and he was sick and in jail, yet they did not visit him. Others did feed him, give him drink, clothe him and visit him. We want to be like them. So we have ministries devoted to this. We also have real people in our congregation that go outside our church and our ministries to be involved in all manner of services to help others.
Finally, we are not perfect. The Senior Pastor’s vision for the church is that we be a kind of “hospital” a place of healing, but unlike a physical hospital we often have real, hurting, and sometimes broken people helping other real, hurting, and broken people. We don’t push someone away because they aren’t perfect. Our pastor has struggled with long term chronic migraines, and really does understand what it feels like to wake up and feel … well, broken. As a church we have wrestled with that illness, and our own personal struggles. We want to see God use us to help others in healing, even as God perfects his healing in us. For some this is a physical thing, but for many it is the pain of being hurt by the church in the past, or brokenness in family, or any number of other pains and burdens we feel. Jesus said, “Come to me all who are wearing with their heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” That is what we want this part of the Body to be, a way station or rest and healing. A place of Sanctuary.