March 22 BridgeBlast

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Pastor Gary

Preparing for Easter  I had no idea when I was growing up of the importance of Easter.  It was certainly a special time of the year, of course, because of the resurrection, but preparing for it had more to do with what clothes I would wear. As I have learned more, I see better the importance of preparing for Easter for all Christians. Wednesday, March 2nd, begins what is called the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. This season runs till Thursday, April 14. This is a time of repentance and fasting preparing for Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. As Baptists we have not traditionally paid much attention to this
season, but it can be a great time of learning and growing in faith. There is no magic in “giving something up for Lent.” Yet there is blessing in denying ourselves of something in order to focus more on the Lord as He leads us. If there ever was a year to spend more time praying, I can’t recall it. The Lord is gracious to remind us of how much we need Him and of His healing touch. Let us make these next six weeks a good time for spiritual growth. As we near Easter there will be some special worship opportunities which you will hear more about soon, but the most important thing will be to prepare ourselves spiritually first. I look forward to this preparation as we walk together in the Lord and His word each week.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Week of Prayer  An important part of our Easter preparation is the Week of Prayer for North American Missions, March 6-13. Our overall theme this year is: UNITED. The Scripture theme is Romans 15: 5-6, “Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.” You will be getting more info and preparation for the Week of Prayer in the next week. This will be a great time of spiritual preparation for reaching people who do not know Jesus as Savior and encouragement for those sharing Him so faithfully.

Thanks for your fellowship in the Lord as we serve Him together.
Pastor Gary


Pastor Paul

Hey Ironbridge Church!
This past Sunday we came together for a Worship Night. This is a new service, which at this point, we are putting together quarterly. Nights of worship take a lot to pull off. I really want to thank our tech crew. They do many things behind the scenes to make all our services great. Marian George has recently stepped up to help with our lights and is doing a fabulous job. Her husband, Steve, is also stepping up to help with screens. So, they will be serving together in this ministry. I want to give a big thanks to Patrick Rogers and all the tech crew. You are all amazing! If you have an interest in serving in this area, I want to encourage you, just as Steve and Marian did, to reach out to me and we can get you trained and plugged in. Feel free to email me at paulc@ironbridge.org

Along with extended times of music, we also had a testimony from Jon Loftis, and a prayer time led by Zach Ginn, which helped focus our hearts on Ephesians 3:14-21. We have bookmarks with this scripture on them. Be sure to grab one if you weren’t here Sunday night.  Our Prayer Team and Pastor Search Team want this scripture to be our focus as we are in this season. Take some time to memorize this passage and let it be an encouragement to you. A couple new worship songs were introduced that we will be singing again in the near future. I want to thank our Worship Team for putting their hearts into this time of worship. They lead with passion each week here at Ironbridge and we are blessed to have them expressing their gifts to the Father. Keep an eye out for our next Worship Night sometime this spring!

Bridge Groups continue to roll along encouraging the body here at Ironbridge. As we draw closer to summer, we will be opening Connection Groups. Connection Groups are based more on common interests; for example, tennis, cars, water sports, movies, books, or ice cream to mention a few. If you have an idea for a group which you would like to lead, please let me know asap, and we can get it set up. Most groups meet 3 or 4 times in the summer. Others choose to meet more often or even continue throughout the year. Bridge Groups typically meet year-round and have a distinction of Bible study, prayer, encouragement, and missions. My hope is that people would participate in Connection Groups and then move this fall into a Bridge Group as they develop relationships with others. This is an extremely important part of Ironbridge Church. I believe everyone should be experiencing growth and fellowship in some kind of group. You can find information on all our Bridge Groups online at www.ironbridge.org or in the Gathering just as you come in our main entrance. I also want to thank this group of 35 leaders who are putting time in weekly to lead a group. They are a blessing to this body! You can pray for them as we get together this Sunday for a luncheon and time of encouragement.

Take Care,
Paul


Pastor Zach

Spring is in the air! This beloved season provokes smiles as sunshine and new life are all around. In a similar way, we are praying for a season of spiritual refreshment and joy for our church. We are matching these prayers with action as we prepare for the Reset 22 Youth Conference. Would you join us in praying for the hearts of students to be open to Christ during this full weekend of preaching, worship, community, and fun?

Here’s what’s coming up:

Students
Reset 22 Youth Conference is March 4-6. This year we are partnering with several other local churches to expand our reach in Chesterfield! This full weekend event is a time for students to escape from their normal routines to encounter Christ and Christian community in a fresh way.
Join us for our sermon series, Confidence. Through our study of the book of 1 John, you will learn to have confidence in Christ.
Invite Night, Ping Pong and Painting 3 will take place on March 30th at 6:30pm! We will have tournaments for video games, ping pong, pool, and foosball as well as painting for those who prefer to relax with a brush in their hand.
To register for the Reset 22 Youth Conference, or to sponsor a student, click here: https://brgr.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1160127

Young Adults
The Young Adults Ministry is multiplying! We now have two options for gathering times: Monday’s or Thursday’s at 7 pm.
Once a month, our two small groups will gather as a large group for a variety of events.
Our current book study is the gospel of John. We invite you to read along and join us for a gathering.
For a deeper look into our Spring schedule, we invite you to explore our calendar on the Ironbridge website.

With gratitude,

Zach Ginn
Pastor of Students and Young Adults


Children’s Director Tammy

Spring is coming! It may already feel like spring is in the air, BUT Spring also brings much to look forward to in Children’s Ministry! We have Easter, Spring Break, and eventually leads to the Beginning of Summer

March 5th – Ministry Volunteers will be attending the SBCV Kids Ministry Conference in Midlothian. Please be in prayer for these amazing servant leaders as they spend a day in fellowship and training with others serving in Children’s Ministry in the Central VA area!
March 13th – EASTER EGG-stravaganza at the Bridge–Interest and Sign-up after each service in the Gathering/Welcome area—from 1030am-1045am and right after second service. Stop by and find out how you can be a part of this Annual
Church Wide Outreach Event.
March 16th – Session 3 of TeamKID will begin. Session 3 will be 4 weeks due to Spring Break. We continue to meet 6:00pm-7:30pm for kids 3 years – 5th grade. All kids are checked-in at BridgeKidz Check-in in the Crossing area and meet in Room 200. Bring your kids to have a time of fellowship, games, bible stories, bible memory and snack each week on Wednesday Evenings! We will finish with our lessons on what God teaches us about People and move into learning about the BIBLE -Why did God give us the Bible; is it true; why should I memorize scripture; how should I respond to what the Bible says?

Sunday Mornings

Pre-K through 1st grade
Theme: Put on Your Shoes: While Jesus was on earth, he lived a life that very clearly said, “Everyone can be friends with ME!” While not everyone took Him up on His invitation, those that did were changed forever in the best way.  That is why we are teaching preschoolers that no matter what kind of shoes we wear, everyone can be friends with Jesus. No matter our age, where we live, what language we speak, rich or poor, or even how much education we have, we can be friends with Jesus.
Memory Verse: “’Come and follow me’, Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19
Bottom Line: Who can be friends with Jesus? Everyone can be friends with Jesus.

2nd -3rd grade
Theme: Jam Session: Everyone has a part to play! – Cooperation is a spiritual concept that originates with God. God created us to work together in a community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish something big for Him. When we work together, we reflect what Jesus envisioned for His followers. Our love for one another can point people to Him.
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Life App: Cooperation – Working together to do more than you can do alone.

Preteen
Theme: Footsteps of the Disciples: This group is continuing each week in its journey through the New Testament.  These 4 th and 5 th graders open their Bibles together to read and discover all that God has in store for them each week and how they can apply it today in their lives.


 

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