GATHERING & SCATTERING
CURRENT SERIES: KINGDOM
CURRENT SERIES: KINGDOM
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.
Join us on Sunday, September 11th for Dine & Dunk at 2pm. Dine & Dunk is when we annually come together as a church to witness and celebrate those who have made the decision to be baptized and then celebrate with a tasty BBQ! This year, we are meeting at Clarks Bay Recreation Area in Helena (please click here for directions). We'd love 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
There is a tension between how the world is and how we want it to be. Look to any news source for even a moment and this thought reconfirms itself as a reality. More personally, individuals can look at their own lives and find a relationship, a decision, an occupation, a long-term habit, or a decisive moment as a situation in which circumstances aren’t what are hoped for. For many, the path to getting better is to eradicate that personal stumbling block, to reach a decisive moment when the relational conflict is resolved, to find the spouse, have the children, not be sick any longer, or get the dream job. The list of solutions is near endless and each item involves an “over the mountain” or “next step” component.
Jesus entered a culture paining for change, a people oppressed and in need of justice, a society wrecked with inequality, and individuals who knew the dynamics of suffering and patience at the depths of their hearts. Jesus, being a candidate for change, spoke of a Kingdom. Yet, this Kingdom was not over some mystical barrier and often did not include easily observable change. This Kingdom was available now and was to be realized as within you. So, it begs the questions:
Did Jesus let these people down? Does God still do this today? Is God even worthy of trust? Even if certain parts of life aren’t perfect, is hope and peace still accessible? If so, how?
We’d love for you to join us on a two-week conversation entitled Kingdom.
Chaotic Solutions? - August 7th
What if sometimes the most helpful solution to a difficulty is far different than thought of, planned, or expected?
Outwardly Inward? - August 14th
What if one of the best means to being inwardly stable is to be outwardly focused?
People often approach us wanting to know more about Narrate Church. Who are we? What are we about? What are our beliefs? Why do we gather and scatter? Why start a church in Helena and what was the journey that brought us here? All gritty questions. If you are intrigued by the mission of Narrate, take a listen to these two message series below. They offer you a chance to understand with more context and depth what we value and why we do what we do.
“What the What?” gives great insight into what drives us as a church. How we value personal connection with God and living in a way that serves others.
“A Vision For…” talks about the vision of Narrate Church. Our values in moving forward in God’s purpose and more detailed history in how our vision was sown into thus allowing our presence in Helena today.
Take a listen and please don’t hesitate to email us with more questions. We are always up for connecting over a lunch or coffee!
A place for kids to discover Jesus, make friends and serve others. Narrate Kids (NK) provides age-appropriate experiences for children in caring, engaging atmosphere. NK serves ages 0-5th grade and is held during Narrate's weekly Sunday Gatherings (8.30, 10 and 11.30am) at the Grandstreet Theatre, Grandstreet Studio and 312 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.
Ages 0-3 years old. Fun, loving, focused, age-appropriate teaching and care.
Check-in & Location: Downstairs at the Grandstreet Theatre.
A calm and comfortable place for parents to go with their small children if they are unable to go to NK or sit quietly in the adult gathering. The room has a live feed of the upstairs gathering.
Location: Downstairs at the Grandstreet Theatre across from the Nursery/Toddler area.
Ages 3s, 4s, 5s & Kindergarten (potty-trained). Fun, age-appropriate, hands-on lessons, activities and worship.
Check-in & Location: Across the Grandstreet Theatre’s east side parking lot in the Grandstreet Studio.
A time to express worship and learn a practical lesson in an engaging atmosphere.
Check-in & Location: Through the south alley, behind the Grandstreet Theatre at 312 Fuller - Upstairs.
Fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activities that use the five senses to accent the lesson both before and after the Large Group Experience.
Check-in: Through the south alley behind the Grandstreet Theatre at 312 Fuller - Upstairs.
Location: 312 Fuller - Downstairs.
Fun, age-appropriate activities that accent the lesson in a relational atmosphere.
Check-in & Location: Through the south alley behind the Grandstreet Theatre at 312 Fuller - Upstairs
Narrate Kids check-in is on the lower level of Grandstreet Theatre for babies and toddlers and at the studio building behind Grandstreet for preschool to 5th Grade (across the parking lot behind the theatre and through the red door).
Upon checking your child in, you will receive a security tag that has a number on it (ex. T-5). If you see that number appear on the lower right-hand corner of the screen during service, please return to the kids area.
You must present a matching number tag to your child upon pick-up. We encourage parents to pick up their children by 10 minutes after the gathering.
We are committed to providing our families with a safe and secure ministry environment. Part of this involves volunteers who have been screened and cleared to work with children. 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.
Non-Fiction is for high school students 9th-12th grade. Our goal is to create environments where students are encouraged to make wise choices even when it's hard, be a positive influence to their friends and experience personal ministry through serving others. The way we strive to accomplish this is by relational gatherings. We believe relationships are best built hanging out and talking about life instead of sitting in a row listening to one person speak.
Non-Fiction meets every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 8:15pm at 312 Fuller St, Helena.
WHAT A NON-FICTION NIGHT LOOKS LIKE
We do two things that we believe are vitally important for you. We pay attention to what’s going on in your life and we care about you. This happens in our relational-driven group environments where each gathering begins by enjoying some snacks, playing games and hanging out. Then we begin a conversation from Narrate Church’s Sunday message. We connect by talking, processing and praying about what’s going on in your life.
ABOUT NON FICTION LEADERS
Non-Fiction will be lead by Bethany Dicken and Coleen Smith. Bethany Dicken is a veteran Non-Fiction leader, has a degree in psychology and works at Shodair Children’s Hospital. Coleen Smith has a degree in Political Science and is also an experienced Non-Fiction leader. The Non-Fiction team are excited to live life with students this year.
Please contact Josh Sonnenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sketch is a Wednesday evening gathering where middle school students (6th-8th grade) gather to explore their relationship with Christ and others. Sketch impacts your students through a relational style gathering. We believe relationships are best built hanging out and talking about life instead of sitting in a row listening to someone talk.
Sketch meets every Wednesday night from 7:00pm – 8:15pm at 312 Fuller St, Helena.
WHAT A SKETCH NIGHT LOOKS LIKE
Sketch gatherings provide the fuel that drives students to make good choices during each week. Led by adult leaders, each gathering begins by enjoying some snacks, hanging out and playing some games. Then we begin a conversation from Narrate Church’s Sunday message. We connect by talking, processing, and praying about what’s going on in their life. Students also enjoy getting together outside of Sketch Gatherings with their leaders and groups for additional fun, community scattering and personal/spiritual growth.
ABOUT SKETCH LEADERS
Sketch is led by Mike and Kelsey Tommerup and JaLina and David Collins. Mike moved to Helena in 2009 to help start Narrate Church and served as the Narrate Kids Director. Mike moved on to get his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and now works for the Montana City Schools. Kelsey grew up in Helena and attended Helena High School. She has recently received a bachelor’s degree in Photography. JaLina works for Stockman Bank and David is an engineer. Both JaLina and David are major outdoor enthusiasts! Mike, Kelsey, JaLina and David are excited for the opportunity to get to be a part of middle school students' lives.
Contact Mike Tommerup at email@example.com or 406-465-2434
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