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First Seek 2022


Throughout month of January, we will be praying, fasting, and worshiping together with a dedicated focus to set the foundation and direction for the new year. These four weeks are designed to help us develop a greater hunger for God, and to seek His presence, power, and provision for our lives, church, and city through 2022.

Text “firstseek” 72345 to have daily prayer prompts sent right to your phone.

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Future Builders


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Future Builders (formerly advent offering) is our Building, Missions and Expansion fund at SANCTUARY CHURCH, where we give over and above our regular giving and step into sacrificial generosity.
Each year with great faith and vision, our team share the key the initiatives, partnerships, and goals for the year to come. As a community, we then prayerfully pledge to financially sow into the future of our church and its vision for the upcoming year.

Keep an eye out as we feature and share details on these 2022 initiatives.

Future Builders Gala is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary through giving. Join us for this special night on to build a legacy together through our generosity.

The gala is where the givers in our church come together for a night of new vision, light food, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.


OUR INITIATIVES AT A GLANCE

RIP Medical Debt

Every day 79,000,000 Americans choose between paying their medical bills and basic needs like food and shelter. We have a unique opportunity to eradicate medical debt at pennies on the dollar in our region.

Family Ministry

here is something of a revival happening in our family ministries. Support our annual family retreat, youth groups and new staff.

No Need Among Us

Each year, our needs fund helps us show the love of Jesus whenever and wherever the need arises– whether providing meals, paying rent checks, providing access to professional counselors, or caring for an array of spiritual and tangible needs. Each year our needs ministry provides over $15,000 worth of care.

Love Providence

Support our seasonal outreaches like our annual backpack and thanksgiving drives.

Afghan Refugees

We have a unique opportunity to help serve in the placement and care of this new and  vulnerable community making their way to our city.

Congo Medical Clinic

Seven years in, continue to build and resource a community in one one of the poorest regions of the world.

South Providence

This year we are partnering with sister churches in this lower income and at-risk neighborhood where many of us live.

City Space

We are stepping out in faith to secure a multi-purpose facility in the heart of the city that will house our training spaces, co-working hub, prayer meetings, youth gatherings, offices and creative studio where we can film videos and projects to enhance our training content.

We are honored to build with you!

If you haven’t set up recurring giving or one time gift for your future builders pledge yet click the link below to give!

STOCK & CYPTO CURRENCY TRANSFER

Donating stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give. A direct stock donation means up to 37% more value for your donation because of the capital gains tax savings.


THERE IS NOTHING WE HAVE THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED

TO SPEND EVERYTHING ON OURSELVES AND TO GIVE WITHOUT SACRIFICE IS TO WALK THE WAY OF DEATH

BUT GENEROSITY IS THE WAY OF THOSE WHO CALL JESUS THEIR LORD

WHO LOVE WITH FREE HEARTS AND SERVE WITH RENEWED MINDS

WHO WITHSTAND THE DELUSION OF RICHES

WE ARE DETERMINED TO INCREASE IN GENEROSITY UNTIL IT CAN BE SAID THAT THERE IS NO NEEDY PERSON AMONG US

WE ARE DETERMINED TO BE FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF SUCH A LITTLE THING AS MONEY THAT WE MAY JOIN GOD IN THE WORK OF RENEWAL

ABOVE ALL THINGS WE ARE DETERMINED TO BE GENEROUS BECAUSE OUR FATHER IS GENEROUS

IT IS THE DELIGHT OF HIS DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO SHARE THEIR FATHER’S TRAITS AND TO SHOW WHAT HE IS LIKE TO ALL THE WORLD.

Sanctuary Generosity Liturgy


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CHURCH ONLINE, TOGETHER


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Sunday Watch Parties & Home Churches

are a great way to experience church online together. Join with friends near and far to watch and discuss the Sunday sermon, build community and make new friendships.

The way of Jesus is meant to be walked together, and we are eager to – safely – provide ways to do this on Sundays.

There are 3 types of Watch Parties

  1. Home Parties
    Small groups in homes or spaces watching together in person
  2. Facebook Parties
    Virtually hosted and attended via Facebook
  3. Zoom Parties
    Small groups gathering to watch together via Zoom

SUNDAY HOME CHURCH
Some of our midweek Home Churches have begun meeting in person on Sunday mornings. Following a home guide we sing, pray, and take communion together, streaming the message only.

Times and locations will be up soon – sign up below to be notified!

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PATH


Everyone is on a spiritual journey. Whether you are new to the way of Jesus, just beginning to explore spirituality, or have been following Jesus for as long as you can remember – you are on a spiritual journey.

Every journey is unique, but we believe that no matter where we are starting from, Jesus is inviting each of us deeper and further into his life as we learn to walk in his path.

At Sanctuary, we believe that the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live and we seek to be his disciples – his apprentices – learning to walk in his ways. We describe this journey of discipleship as being lived out in four directions – Upward (being with Jesus), Inward (becoming like Jesus), Outward (doing what Jesus did), and Withward (doing all this together).

Explore what your path might look like this season as you we practice the way of Jesus together

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FUTURE BUILDERS GALA


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The FUTURE BUILDERS GALA is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary. Join us for this special night on November 22 to build a legacy together through our generosity.

The gala is where all 3 of our congregations come together for a night of new vision, dinner, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.

Let’s keep dreaming | 11.22 | 7pm

*Pvd location and special guest speaker to be announced

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ALPHA / EXPLORING GOD


If you are just beginning a spiritual journey or are interested in exploring Christian spirituality, please join us for Alpha.

WHAT IS ALPHA?

Alpha is a 10 week dinner and discussion series designed for people who wouldn’t describe themselves as Christians. Our volunteers provide Alpha guests with exceptional hospitality and a friendly and respectful environment in which to discuss the big issues of life and the Christian faith.

WHO IS ALPHA FOR?

Alpha is for anyone who would not describe themselves as Christian. Alpha is for people who may not come to a Sunday service or a home group.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Alpha runs across ten weekly sessions with a weekend away midway through. Each session includes food, a short video and a discussion where guests can share their thoughts. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and everyone is free to discuss as much or as little as they wish. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

 

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Right Before You Walk On The Moon


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July 20th, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

It’s interesting that a few minutes after landing on the surface, before they actually stepped out, Buzz Aldrin, who had been a Presbyterian minister before he was an astronaut, actually took communion there in the lander.

Retelling his experience, he says,

“I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’”

“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

“Perhaps, if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion. Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind… But at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience that by giving thanks to God.”

I think we would be hard pressed to find any human who has not at some point been struck with awe and wonder at the sight of the moon. It has inspired art, literature, music, and poetry religions throughout history and across the world.

And this man who was able to experience the moon in ways that very few have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, found his awe and wonder culminated in partaking in a simple and ancient ritual: REMEMBERING the sacrifice of Jesus through communion.

This man who was able to experience the moon in ways that none of us have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, was moved to worship.

At the height of scientific progress, he is not overcome by his own accomplishment, but rather reminded of his absolute dependence. He is moved to consider and meditate upon what is perhaps the ultimate underlying, most fundamental reality of the universe – the self-giving love of the God who created it all.

Psalm 136:4-9
Give thanks to the Lord of lords…
To him who alone does great wonders…
Who by his understanding made the heavens…
Who spread out the earth upon the waters…
Who made the great lights…
The sun to govern the day…
The moon and stars to govern the night…
His love endures forever.

May we dive deep into the beauty and mystery and grandeur of the cosmos, letting it lead us to the cross. May we take pause at the both moon hanging in the sky, and at everything down here on the dust of this earth below, and be moved to wonder at the grace of God.

May we lift our eyes to the heavens and remember the one who set them in place.
May our response be one of joy and gratitude, of awe and of praise.

 

  • Mike Valdes
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IN OUR TIME


199 YEARS AGO A REVIVAL SWEPT THROUGH OUR CITY. WE ARE ASKING GOD TO DO IT AGAIN.

 

We have created a INOURTIME.CO as a resource to help catalyze the church to seek God for awakening. On it you will find a prayer guide, fasting resources and upcoming gatherings, trainings and more.

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