Gatherings don’t look the same as they used to – schools, the workforce, and society are all completely disrupted, the church is no different. However – the mission of Jesus and of Mill City Church remains the same: Reach people with the life-giving message of the gospel, so they become wholehearted followers of Jesus and join God in the renewal of all things. God designed us to live in community with other people, and we believe God has a plan for us in this season – to meet in homes all across Northern Colorado.
Put simply – we are combining Sunday Gatherings and City Groups and forming many small gatherings. We’ll have House Gatherings for everybody… on-campus at CSU, in-homes with just a few families, in backyards with neighbors, and online for those who are out of town or unable to gather in person.
Here’s some more info about the “what”
- House Gatherings are real, relatable communities of people desiring connection with God and one another.
- Groups of people form House Gatherings, and meet in homes or on Zoom, typically on Sunday mornings
- House Gatherings unite around, and engage with Mill City teaching and worship
It’s often as important to know what we aren’t – so here’s some clarity about what House Gatherings don’t do.
- Use outside teaching as a substitute for Mill City Teaching: This protects unity, and helps us stay connected as a church family
- Just provide a “fun” space for people to hang out: We love fun, but seek to also acknowledge and address spiritual needs
- Receive offering: Though giving to the local church is an essential practice in our formation as the people of God, House Gatherings will not receive money on behalf of Mill City Church or the House Gathering host. Please visit millcitychurch.org/giving for more information on how you can give financially.
House Gatherings come in many shapes. They can look like a group of friends in your dorm, inviting neighbors to your backyard, extended family gathering in your home, the sky is the limit!
At your House Gathering you can expect to tune-in with Mill City worship and teaching as well as meaningful conversation!
Still have questions? Check out these FAQs
I have young kids, where can I go?
We love kids! Our awesome Mill City Kids team works hard to prepare relevant, fun, and easy-to-access content each week. If kids are present, House Gatherings will be encouraged to have an alternate screen where kids can play fun games, engage in worship and learn from Mill City Kids teaching. However, there will not be specific childcare available unless otherwise arranged by individual House Gatherings. Looking for a House Gathering with space for kids? Just let us know and we’ll help create your own or get you connected to another.
I live out of town, but would love to lead or participate in a House Gathering, is there an online option?
First, hello! We’re so glad you’re able to join us in this season. We will have some online House Gatherings – and would love for you to host one, or simply be a part of one.
What about safety? What does Mill City expect from me regarding COVID-19 precautions?
Each House Gathering will determine their boundaries and ways of engaging in-person that are responsible and respectful. As a host – you get to decide the boundaries for your home, just be clear with anybody in attendance! We encourage all participants to follow county guidelines for the health and safety of all in attendance.
When can we tune in?
Most House Gatherings meet on Sundays, though they can take place whenever those participating decide it works best. The video is accessible each Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.
I don’t know anybody, what do I do?
No problem! We’ve all been there – in fact, a lot of us are pretty new here too. Each week people come to a House Gathering for the first time. There’s always a bit of friction meeting people for the first time, but we work hard to make all House Gatherings as safe, natural, and friendly as possible. Have more questions? Or just want to talk to another human? Please shoot us a text, we’d love to find sometime to chat, and can’t wait to meet you!
I’d love to host – but what do I do if one of my kids gets sick or I have to go out of town?
We understand these things happen. If you have a last minute illness in your home or plan to be out of town, ask someone in your House Gathering if they would be willing to host in your absence. Your safety is a huge priority for us – and we’re sure your House Gathering will understand. And get well soon!
I’ve never led before, am I allowed to lead a House Gathering?
Yes! In fact, we think you were made for this. All you have to do is invite a few people over and tell us about your plans. We’ve got your back, and will resource you with anything you need.
Do I have to prepare anything ahead of time?
Nope! We’ll do all the heavy-lifting for you. That said, we want to encourage your leadership, and know a bit of advance prep often makes everything go smoother – for you, and for your guests. Did we pique your interest? Here are some resources you can use as you prepare.
Do I need to provide food?
This is entirely up to you and your House Gathering! … but everything is better with food, right?
Looking for even more information about hosting? Check out these resources:
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