GATHERING & SCATTERING
CURRENT SERIES : WITHWARDS
CURRENT SERIES : WITHWARDS
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.
Scattering is all about going out into our community and serving people in a tangible way. One idea that has formed recently, is the concept of a Hodge Podge. Hodge Podge is a variety of different projects in our community that we then send volunteers out to tackle together on a Saturday morning. These project ideas come from you. Is there someone you know that could use a team to complete a needed project? Is there a struggling or disabled neighbor who needs help? Or a single mom in your life who could benefit from a group doing home repair or yard work? A Hodge Podge event is all about getting out into the community, serving people where they’re at, in ways they need it the most.
Our next Hodge Podge scattering event is 9am-1pm, Saturday March 18th, 2017.
If you have a project you think Narrate could help with or would like to be involved with serving, please email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all runners! Join us for the first ever Mount Helena Egg Scramble! We’re going to run the entire circumference of Mount Helena (Ambrose to Road to Mars to Diretissima, to Dump Gulch to Contours). In its entirety, the run will cover 9 kilometers and 1200 vertical feet. Proceeds from the race will go to the Cross Country programs at Helena Middle School, C.R. Anderson Middle School, and East Gate Middle School. Participants in the run will receive a long sleeve Mount Helena Egg Scramble performance tee with their registration. The race starts at 9.00am and will start and end at the Mount Helena Trailhead.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer on race day! To help out and scatter with us, please contact email@example.com
Join us on April 15th for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Mt. Helena! The hunt will begin promptly at 11am at the Mt. Helena Trailhead. This year, we have 2,500 more eggs than last year, bringing our grand total to 17,500 eggs! Kids ages 0-5th grade are welcome to participate. Parking on Mt. Helena trailhead will be limited and is reserved for those with disabilities. We encourage you to park along Reeder’s Village or downtown, and enjoy the walk. Hope to see you there!
There are several ways to get involved. Our egg stuffing will be on March 28th from 6-8pm at 326 Fuller Ave. On the day of the Egg Hunt, we’ll need set-up and teardown crews, greeters, traffic guides, and section leaders. If you’d like to get involved, contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hope to see you there!
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
What if our lives are directly connected to those who are with us, for better and for worse?
What if the quality of our lives are determined by the quality of our relationships?
What if we’re all going “withwards”, it’s just a matter of who with and where we’re headed?
Conversations about relationships can be tricky. If we’re not careful such conversations become prescriptive and narrow. They can lead toward forced and artificial answers to authentic needs not easily forced. Withwards isn’t about forcing relationships or brokering friendships; it is about an honest exploration about the power and importance of genuine friendships.
With that in mind, this Sunday we’re launching a new four week conversation called Withwards. Coming out of a long, cold winter seems the perfect time to explore the power of relationships. We want to explore what happens when we’re well connected, and what happens when we’re not. We also want to suggest some tangible ideas for forming new friendships and strengthening existing ones.
February 26th - A Lost Art?
What if you don’t have a choice as to whether others have power in your life?
March 5th - Corner 4 Friends
What are we looking for in healthy relationships?
March 12th - This is a Test
What if autonomy is the ultimate test of any supposedly healthy relationship?
March 19th - Internalization
What if we learn nothing outside the context of relationship?
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.
Narrate Students exists to form safe community between students and leaders in which we can honestly converse over real life and how the person of Jesus can be helpful. We aim to have these conversations in a way that is engaging to individuals regardless of where they are at in their own spiritual journey. In addition, we aim to serve those outside of the Narrate Students community in tangible ways.
Nonfiction is for high school students in 9th-12th Grade. Nonfiction exists to form safe community between students and leaders in which we can honestly converse over real life and how the person of Jesus can be helpful. We aim to have these conversations in a way that is engaging to individuals regardless of where they are at in their own spiritual journey. In addition, we aim to serve those outside of the Nonfiction community in tangible ways.
Non-Fiction meets every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 8:45pm at 326 Fuller St, Helena.
WHAT DOES A NON-FICTION GATHERING LOOK LIKE?
We do two things that we believe are vitally important. First, we seek to develop relationships within our Nonfiction community. The gatherings begin with opportunities to connect with one another over conversation, snacks, and games. Second, we try to take faith and make it applicable to real life. Typically this happens through a group conversation guided by Narrate Church’s Sunday message. In this discussion, we process how the content can be helpful to everyday life, regardless of where individuals stand in their beliefs and circumstances.
ABOUT NON FICTION LEADERS
Nonfiction is led by Josh Sonnenberg, Bethany Dicken, Colleen Martin, and Mikey and Kelsey Tommerup. Josh is on staff at Narrate Church as Leader of Student Teams and Creative Production and has worked extensively with students in church and education. Bethany, Colleen, Mikey, and Kelsey are all veteran leaders of students in a variety of contexts and enjoy interacting with students during gatherings and also investing into students in the everyday.
Contact Josh Sonnenberg at email@example.com
or (406) 465-4445
Sketch is for middle school students in 6th-8th Grade. Sketch exists to form safe community between students and leaders in which we can honestly converse over real life and how the person of Jesus can be helpful. We aim to have these conversations in a way that is engaging to individuals regardless of where they are at in their own spiritual journey. In addition, we aim to serve those outside of the Narrate Students community in tangible ways.
Sketch meets every Wednesday night from 7:00pm – 8:15pm at 326 Fuller St, Helena.
WHAT DOES A SKETCH GATHERING LOOK LIKE?
We do two things that we believe are vitally important. First, we seek to develop relationships within our Sketch community. The gatherings begin with opportunities to connect with one another over conversation, snacks, and games. Second, we try to take our faith and make it applicable to real life. Typically this happens through a group conversation guided by Narrate Church’s Sunday message. In this discussion, we process how the content can be helpful to everyday life, regardless of where individuals stand in their beliefs and circumstances.
ABOUT SKETCH LEADERS
Sketch is led by Josh Sonnenberg, Dave and JaLina Collins, Scott and Hannah Drga, and Grace Bender. Josh is on staff at Narrate Church as Leader of Student Teams and Creative Production and has worked extensively with students in church and education. Dave, JaLina, Scott, Hannah, and Grace are all veteran leaders of students in a variety of contexts and enjoy interacting with students during gatherings and also investing into students in the everyday.
Contact Josh Sonnenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 465-4445
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.
Narrate Church | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Address: 15 W 6th Avenue – 2nd Floor, Helena, MT 59601
Mailing Address: PO Box 1507; Helena, MT 59624