Lifestyle

Church lives by its name

By SCOTT BATTISHILL

For the Mirror

Federal city, like every city, is made up of thousands of mini-communities. People here tend to gravitate toward others who have similar interests –– people who live in their immediate neighborhood or are the same age. Those people become a community.

But a community, at its best, is a complete mixture of all those things and more. A community draws its strength from diversity. And while many embrace the theory of diversity, they’re not often in environments that truly embody the meaning of the word.

A church new to Federal Way is allowing residents to do just that.

Last October, New Community Church opened with the cornerstone of its foundation based on demonstrating the true meaning of community and diversity. And its immediate growth, which is surpassing traditional rates for newly planted churches, indicates area residents are responding to its vision.

“Simply said, we welcome all people and are seeking to create a congregation that mirrors the kingdom of God –– all races, cultures and ages,” said pastor Darnell Mosley. “We are a church attempting to demonstrate the love and fellowship of Jesus Christ.”

Mosley, who holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, said the church, which can be reached at 874-1807, combines contemporary and traditional worship styles with a “come as you are” welcome.

Regular Sunday services are at 10 a.m. Sunday School classes are available for children nursery-aged to high school-aged. The church also holds an all-welcome Bible study on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Sunday services and Bible studies are one hour long.

“On some Sunday’s you’ll hear gospel, on others you’ll hear a contemporary Christian rock band. And we’ve had both on the same day before,” said Mosley. “But what is most important to me is that we are creating a place where people, no matter who they are, can walk in the door and feel comfortable. We are building a church that seeks to tear down all the real and artificial barriers to the salvation that is found only in Jesus Christ.”

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