Woodlawn CRC and You
We are an inclusive church. We welcome and embrace people of different gifts, races, tongues, and traditions as members of our congregations. We want to reflect the church of Revelation 7:9-10, a church in which “there were so many people that no one could count them.
We are a family-centered church. We believe in the importance of the family unit. We encourage worship as families, and we believe that the church is the family of God, a spiritual family. We are a family made up of many different people. Some are old, some are young, some are single, some are married, some are men, and some are women. We come together as natural families and as singles to form this spiritual family of God.
Since we are a family, children are important to us. In the sacrament of baptism, we as Christian parents present our children to God. We recognize that our children are a part of God’s covenant family.
When we promise at our children’s baptisms to raise them in the faith, we are not alone. The other members of our church family also take a vow, promising to help instruct our children in the Christian faith and to encourage their development as believers.
Why should I become a member? God wants you – and all Christians – to become part of a local church. We in the CRC believe that it is difficult to live as a Christian outside of a local body of believers. Apart from the church we can be easily turned aside by false teachers or discouraged when things go wrong. In the local church, we have brothers and sisters who care about us. They become our spiritual family to comfort us, to laugh with us, to worship and to pray with us.
God also wants you to serve the church with the gifts you have been given. The Bible tells us “Christ gave gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving. He gave those gifts to make the body of Christ stronger.” (Eph. 4:12b). You may be called to be an elder or a deacon or a church school teacher or to serve in the church’s evangelism program. God may even be calling you to volunteer for short-term work on a mission field or to become a trained minister.