Blessing Villa Park
Here at Advent, we believe the church, and each Christian, is called and empowered to be a blessing to their neighbors. That's our "mission" in the world. While we do this individually in our own personal contexts, the love of Christ is powerfully reflected when the "body of Christ" - the Church - serves together. At Church of the Advent, we're committed to blessing Villa Park through a variety of avenues. We are developing a relationship with Eagleton Elementary School, we've hosted numerous Block Parties, and have raked the leaves of our neighbors. If you have additional suggestions on how we can bless Villa Park, we'd love to hear them!
Here are some of the ways we blessed our previous neighborhood of Baker:
Monthly Mission Projects
Every month, Church of the Advent sponsored "mission projects" that sought to serve a different part of our community. On South Broadway, we’ve hosted CoffeeHouse Concerts and an Art Show with our friends at Sugar Bake Shop. In Dailey Park, we hosted neighborhood potlucks every summer that fed the poor and built friendships among neighbors. We've also partnered with the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association to clean up Baker's Alleys.
We also sponsor ongoing, relational ministries that serve those too often "left out" from opportunities in the world. Justice is a key part of our mission at Advent because we believe that all people---regardless of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status---are valuable creations of God. Every week, we have the privilege of seeing how the gospel of God unites those who might otherwise ignore or fear each other. Teams of Adventers serve populations as diverse as homeless women, the mentally disabled, the eldery, and at-risk children. Head to the Ways to Serve page to find out how to plug in to one of these ministries.
If we intend to bless our neighborhood, that will naturally involve pointing people towards the source of all true blessing: God the Father, revealed in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As an urban church, we fully realize that many people have been wounded by the church, and that "spiritual but not religious" is a popular self-designation in our culture. Our desire is to meet people wherever they may be in their spiritual journey, encourage them to ask open and honest questions, and engage in mutual dialogue with the aim of discovering answers to life's most important questions.
In the past, we've hosted classes like Christianity Explored as one way to start conversation. We've also sponsored a small group called "Q" which provided a space for believers, non-believers, doubters, skeptics, and everyone in between to ask hard questions about faith & spirituality.
The leadership of Advent are also available to pray, talk, or counsel as needed with anyone: simply go the Leadership page and contact one of them to set up a time.
So often, the most important questions simply go un-asked. We think that's a tragedy, and we want to give everyone opportunities to explore faith with others.