Genesis is a new church community formed in 2014 that seeks to grow in love and service to one another as Christ’s body. It is comprised of a diverse group from many backgrounds – from long time Wiggins Memorial UMC members (former church at the location), Central members (who have switched location), those that have been present since day one (when initial services were held in the basement during renovations), visitors, seekers, some who have never felt welcome in church, and many who have never been a part of a church family before.
To draw Genesis closer as a church family – Rev. Jody Farrell challenged the church to begin a Sunday morning breakfast. It’s God’s desire that we build community (Acts 2:42), and it seemed a perfect way to fellowship with prayer and a meal together. The breakfast coupled with worship is a way of taking care of needs – both physical and spiritual, as we nourish our bodies and souls with food and the True Bread of Life, Christ.
Genesis is blessed to have organized servant leaders in Willie and Evelyn Jackson who came forward to make the idea a reality. We offer thanks for them and the volunteers for all they do to make the breakfast happen.
Member of Genesis went out to area neighborhoods to invite people to worship and offered a ride to church. On a typical Sunday, the church now uses two mini-buses and a van to bring people to Genesis. It’s been incredible to have individuals and families participate each week, many who have then come forward and become church members. From a young Mom feeding her child, to a grown child feeding her aging parent – from doctors and educators, to the working poor and disabled – our fellowship has been as diverse as the Kingdom of God is meant to be.
Christ is found and is present in the breaking of bread (Luke 24:13-35), and table fellowship combined with teaching God’s truth was an integral part of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 5:29-32). The desire is for this model to be emulated at Genesis.
Some guests came “just for breakfast” and were surprised to find Christ in the meal, in a welcoming, loving place, and in Pastor Jody’s message of who Jesus is. At Genesis there are people joining who haven’t been to church in years because of transportation issues, and some who have never felt accepted just as they are.
Our hope and prayer is to offer radical hospitality and Christ in the meal and in communion and that they find community and love in a place of new beginnings called Genesis.
Local Mission Coordinator