GATHERING & SCATTERING
CURRENT SERIES : CRUCIFORM
CURRENT SERIES : CRUCIFORM
Church, when you hear the word what comes to mind? We think about Gathering and Scattering. We gather on Sundays to wrestle with topics like relationships, dating, marriage, parenting, vocation, money and the many emotions that come with living. Every Sunday we create experiences intended to engage and challenge – no matter what you believe about God, Jesus and the Bible.
We're honored to gather at the Grandstreet Theatre in downtown Helena (325 N. Park Ave). You can also learn more about The Grandstreet Theatre Company by visiting their website grandstreettheatre.com.
Sunday gathering times are at 8.30am, 10am & 11.30am.
What should you expect at a Sunday experience? Every week we start with a handful of songs led by our excellent band of musicians. After about 15 minutes of music, one of our pastors teaches for 35 minutes and we almost always conclude with another song. Our gatherings last for 60 minutes. Great coffee and tea is free and available to everyone in attendance.
Narrate Kids provides age appropriate experiences for infants thru 5th graders. For more specific information (class breakdown, security, etc.) about Narrate Kids please click the Narrate Kids link at the top of the page.
Scattering is born of our calling and desire to matter, to narrate God's story to our community by the way we serve. Scattering is about the other 6 days. Learn more about Scattering by clicking the Scattering link at the top of the page.
We’re serious about being the kind of the church that exists for the benefit of its non-members… to the extent that the most ardent critic of Christianity would be bummed if we suddenly ceased to exist. We seek to make this happen both by validating the opportunity to serve people in our everyday, organic lives as well as by coming together once every month to serve on a large-scale, community wide level. We call these community serving events “Scattering” opportunities.
Why Helena Ales for Trails?
Helena Ales for Trails is about contributing to the Helena community by raising funds for the Helena trail system. All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the construction of a downhill directional mountain bike trail on Mount Ascension. The Montana Bicycle Guild and City of Helena Parks and Recreation are leading the charge on its construction. We hope to raise the full $20,000 required to construct the trail in late spring of 2018.
The event itself is led by a consortium of community leaders from a variety of sectors. We’re proud to partner with local businesses, city and county government, and private citizens to host Helena Ales for Trails. In addition to the myriad of people involved in the planning, Helena Ales for Trails utilizes over 100 volunteers on the day of the event.
Keeping it Downtown:
The 8th Annual Helena Ales for Trails will happen in Pioneer Park, located next to the Lewis & Clark Library at the far southern end of the walking mall.
Date & Time
This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, May 18th from 3pm - 9pm. Please note that 3.30pm - 5.00pm is reserved for the VIP pre-event. The main event experience is from 5.00pm - 9.00pm.
Want to serve the community with us?
We’re excited for your interest in actively becoming a part of the Helena Community by giving your time and energy at Ales. Because Ales needs over 100 individuals serving throughout the day, there are many ways in which volunteers can get involved. Ales would not be the great experience and amazing festival it has become without dedicated and hard-working volunteers helping to make it happen every step of the way. Please email email@example.com to sign up after reading the information below.
Below are brief descriptions of the serving opportunities;
Shifts: 2.45pm-5.15pm, 5.00pm-7.15pm, and 7pm-9pm
North or South Gate
This role involves being stationed at the entrance in order to ensure that every attendee’s ID is checked. Once a person is approved, they receive a stamp and bracelet on their right hand, after which they will be able to enter the event. Remind people exiting the event that they will need to have their glass emptied (required by law) before exiting. Kindly remind them they will need their wristband, glass, and visible stamp to re-enter the event.
Volunteer staff at the Ticket Table will assist in receiving pre-purchased tickets (paper tickets and Eventbrite), sell tickets, handle credit card payments via Square, handle cash, and help attendees obtain their event glass and beer tokens.
Shifts: 3.00pm-5.15pm, 5.00pm-7.15pm, and 7pm-9pm
This role involves serving beer at one of the brewery vendors at the event. This role requires that each pourer has a clear understanding of how to pour beer, to pour beer only in an event glass, and to ensure that the attendee receiving beer has a stamp and wristband on the right wrist. Most importantly, we value having an experience that is safe and intentional with our care towards attendees. This requires pourers be responsible with their serving, recognize when to not serve beer to a person who has clearly had too much and report such an attendee to our lead pourers on hand. Each pourer is requested to attend a pourer training at Blackfoot River Brewery on Saturday, April 28th.
Shifts: 3.00pm - 5.15pm, 5.00pm - 7.15pm, and 7-9pm
People at this table will manage payments for various merchandise items via cash handling and credit cards with Square. Merchandise items include event bandanas, additional beer tokens, art, etc.
Shifts: 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm
There will be many tasks required to get an outdoor event set up in Pioneer Park. These tasks involve manual labor such tent set up (strong backs required), unloading event equipment, setting up fencing along park perimeter, stage set up, assisting breweries, etc.
Like setup, teardown involves multiple tasks which will result in our leaving Pioneer Park entirely clean after the event. This includes disassembling event equipment, breaking down tents, cleaning waste, etc.
Helpful things for you to know about Ales for Trails 2018
People serving at Ales the from 3pm-9pm receive a free main event ticket.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
When you sign up, it would be helpful for us to have the following information;
Serving time preference
Top 3 choices of serving roles
Serving roles are filled according to a first come, first serve basis.
Everyone is welcomed to enjoy the event before and after their serving role.
Everyone must be 21 or older to participate.
We look forward to serving Helena with you!
Families With Heart is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children and families in the underdeveloped country of Ecuador. The mission is to coordinate donations from sponsor families and direct the funds to specific needs of disabled children.
Families With Heart is seeking sponsorships of disabled/special needs kids. Sponsorships involve a minimum 3-month commitment of $30/month. General donations are also accepted. Funds are used for the specific needs of the disabled child/adult and may be directed toward physical, occupational, and speech therapies; medications; or basic needs if they are currently unmet. Sponsors/donators will be updated on progress every 6 months.
To become a sponsor or to find out more information about Families With Heart, you can;
Or you can contact Noreem Oleary | 406.461.9129 or Theresa Huschka | 406.861.4970
Why does Jesus' death on the cross matter? Was God that angry? Is He that violent?
2000 years ago the cross became a very unlikely symbol of a revolutionary movement. But why? Why have Christ-followers historically found so much value in the cross? In the words of NT Wright, “How was the world changed at 6pm on Good Friday?”
Is it okay if we find ourselves struggling to make sense of Jesus’ violent death? Do we have permission to push back from the typical Western Christian explanation that goes, “You failed morally. That earned you separation from God and a life of eternal torment, aka hell. But, if you believe that Jesus was punished in my place, you could have relationship with God now and disembodied heaven when you die.”
These questions are not, of course, new. We are only the latest in a long line of people who have wrestled with the meaning of the cross down through the years. In fact, what if we can’t just inherit understanding of the cross from those who have gone before us? What if the cross is too wild, too complicated, too scandalous to be simply passed off? What if each successive generation must dig in and discern for themselves what happened at 6pm on Good Friday?
All that being said, this Easter I’d like to invite you to embark on what feels to me like a bold, dangerous, but incredibly worthwhile journey with us that we’re calling Cruciform.
April 1st - Was God That Angry?
April 8th - Has the Church Always Believed That?
April 15th - Vocation or Vacation?
April 29th - What is Sin?
May 20th - How Cruciformity Saved My Faith
A place for kids to discover Jesus, make friends and serve others. In Narrate Kids (NK), we want kids to experience Jesus while having lots of fun! We have age appropriate activities for kids in a safe, caring, and engaging atmosphere. NK serves ages 6 weeks-5th grade and is held during Narrate's weekly Sunday Gatherings (8.30, 10 and 11.30am) at Grandstreet Theatre, Grandstreet Studio and 326 Fuller. Our goal is to join with parents/guardians to help their children discover and navigate a relationship with God, make lasting friendships and experience serving others.
Upon checking your child in, you will receive a security tag that has a number on it (ex. G500). If you see that number appear on the upper right-hand corner of the screen whilst you are attending the gathering, please return to your child's classroom. Kids can be checked in at any of the 3 above locations.
You must present a matching number tag to your child upon pick-up. Please pick up your children within 10 minutes after the gathering.
We are committed to providing our families with a safe and secure experience. Every volunteer working in Narrate Kids has gone through a background check and application/interview process to ensure that your children will be in safe, loving environment.
High School students (9th-12th grade) hang out on Tuesday nights, enjoying a tasty dinner and conversation at Mike and Kelsey Tommerup's house. They gather the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday nights of every month from 6.30pm – 8pm at 733 East Broadway, Helena.
High school is led by Mikey and Kelsey Tommerup and Colleen Martin.
Contact Adam Huschka at email@example.com
Middle School students (6th-8th grade) gather at 326 Fuller St. Doors open at 6.45pm (not before) and we're asking you please pick your student up at 8.15pm. For the sake of leaders, we need all students picked up no later than 8.30pm. Middle School gatherings will be the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of every month - same time and place.
Middle School is led by Nathan & Jill Bilyeu, Troy Shockley, JaLina Collins, Scott & Hannah Drga, and Grace Bender.
Contact Adam Huschka at firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe…the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and without mistakes as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.
We believe…in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power.
We believe…in the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on the cross, His bodily resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His imminent return.
We believe…man was created by and for God; that by man’s disobedience every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence; and that all people are sinners by nature and practice.
We believe…the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial and substitutionary death and are, therefore, in right relationship with God.
We define the win in three ways:
1. It’s a win when individuals put their faith in Jesus and express their faith through baptism.
2. It’s a win when we matter to Helena, especially when we matter to non-Christians in tangible ways.
3. It’s a win when individuals who are otherwise disinterested, disengaged, disillusioned or disconnected experience a Sunday gathering and then return the following weeks.
If you’re looking to plug in around Narrate, serving on Sunday morning is the way to do it! We have many options in many different areas and can accommodate most schedules. Our Gathering Teams include the Tech Team, the Band, Narrate Kids Team, and the Host Team. If you would like to learn more about serving on one of these teams, please fill out an info card or swing by the Scattering Board in the lobby. There you can also learn more about serving on Wednesday nights with Sketch (Middle School) or Tuesday nights with Non-Fiction (High School).
We have a team of people who pray over the requests that are submitted at our Sunday Gatherings. If you would like to join this team and receive weekly emails with prayer requests, or if you have a prayer request you would like our team to pray over you can email email@example.com.
Giving is one of several ways to support the vision of Narrate Church and to help us make a tangible difference in the Helena community and beyond. If you’re using this page to give, Thank You! It’s a privilege telling God’s story with you.
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Office Address: 15 W 6th Avenue – 2nd Floor, Helena, MT 59601
Mailing Address: PO Box 1507; Helena, MT 59624