Thanksgiving week – Day six – Calvary Chapel’s in my area
Firstly, I should begin with how thankful I am that you are reading this, this series was started a few days later than I was hoping but I had committed to a week of blogs and content. (The days were switched round of course)
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Why Calvary Chapel?
Well to be honest with you, it is what I like. Plain and simple. I have done the denomination deal when I was exploring Christianity when I was younger. I attended Charismatic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopalian and Brethren at some.point in my life. In this experiment I would have to say I liked the lively worship of the charismatic church but needed more word focused studies.
I left the church for many years (see my testimony page for more information) and when I was dating my wife, she suggested we attend the local Calvary Chapel in Glasgow, Scotland.
Church should be like life, in balance, different people find different levels of balance and although I recommend Calvary chapels, I would not take you away from a church that is healthy that you are plugged into.
Are all Calvary Chapel churches the same?
Very much not, Calvary Chapel churches tend to reflect their pastor in many was, they all adhere to the Word of God, they all share the same distinctives, they all have a lead pastor, but I have never been in two that are identical.
Here’s to you
Here is a shout out to those Calvary Chapel churches in my area, you have all been a positive influence in my walk and you have all encouraged me.
Vision CC of Porterville – attended between 2007-2014 large church in Porterville, California. These guys have a huge heart for lost in the area God has placed them. They reach out many times a year to the local apartments with food, Christmas presents and dinners for thanksgiving. Last year they did a service in the courtyard of the apartments.
They also have active women and mens ministries to help equip.the saints for the work of the ministry. Here’s to you – Pastor Ryan, Kurt and Bob.
They meet at the Veterans Memorial Building on West Olive Street at 10 am every Sunday.
Calvary Chapel Tulare – awesome church in Tulare, smaller in numbers than Porterville but a real community church where everyone is family.
They have an awesome youth and childrens ministry, a great seniors ministry at a local rehab hospital, the men meet on a Wednesday for coffee, exhortation and koinonia.
Recently they have had a pastor change so here’s to you Pastor Jake (who departed) and Pastor John.
They meet on O Street in Tulare every Sunday at 10 am and Thursday at 7 pm.
Calvary Chapel Visalia
The biggest Calvary Chapel in the area and has been around for about as long as I have been born. I know these guys from men’s events, bible studies, services I have attended, VBS I have sent my kid to and quality time spent with the Pastors here, both verbal and even shared meals with them.
These guys have so many programs it would would be impossible to talk about them in one article. Here’s to you Pastor Bob & Mike.
They meet on a Sunday, Avenue 264, Visalia at 8.30 am and 10.30 am and Wednesday night at 6.30pm
Calvary Chapel Hanford
This is one I have been in closer contact from this year on. The pastors there Geno, Gene and Jacob are awesome, such an encouragement.
They also meet Sunday and Wednesday.
The reason I talk about Calvary Chapel today is that I was an atheist who really didn’t live a Christian life prior to being brought into a Calvary Chapel where I heard the bible being taught verse by verse and precept upon precept. It changed my life and I pray that it will change yours too.
God bless you one and all, I thank you for reading this article. Please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads you too.