Fairhaven Church launches its third campus Sunday, Sept. 28, in Springboro in an effort to be a community church rather than a commuter church.
“We live in a very busy and fast-paced culture. Our lives become so disconnected as we spread ourselves too thin. We want people to attend worship services in their own neighborhoods, so they can be more connected to families, students and children in the communities they live in,” said Jared Petty, pastor for the new Springboro campus. “Our mission at Fairhaven is ‘living the journey and sharing the story,’ and we feel community churches are the best environment to do so.”
Some 5,000 people attend the main Centerville campus weekly, and more than 300 of them live in the Springboro, Franklin and Waynesville areas.
Worship services will be held Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Five Points Elementary School, 650 Lytle-Five Points Road in Springboro. The worship center and café meet in the multipurpose room, and the children’s ministry is located in classrooms and the gymnasium.
“Our goal is to be one church with multiple locations. Every Sunday, the preaching is streamed live from our Centerville campus to our Northmont and Springboro campuses. This way, we’re all connected as one church. We have live worship, dynamic kids ministry, practical teaching and a casual atmosphere,” Petty said.
Because the church is renting space from the school, a Springboro campus office, located at 3040 South Tech Blvd. in Miamisburg, is available during the week for meetings, Bible studies, ministries, counseling and prayer. Fairhaven also is investigating possible sites for a more permanent location in the future.
“Our goal for Sunday services is to worship the Lord and grow in His Word but also to celebrate what God has done throughout the week. We have developed small groups throughout the Springboro area so families can connect with other families in relationships during the week,” Petty said. “We also are engaged in outreach in the community, and other classes are offered for adult enrichment.”
For example, the church partnered with the Springboro Community Assistance Center last month to donate backpacks and school supplies for area students.
“It was a blessing to enlist the church and help support families in need of school supplies and backpacks,” Petty said. “Our goal is to also partner with other local churches in helping reach the needs in our community.”
For more information, go online to www.fairhavenchurch.org, call 937-434-8627 or email email@example.com.
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