Next Generation Fellowship

Our Story

A group of Christian Scientists wanted to experience contemporary worship.   They started a fellowship on Easter Sunday, 2009.  It began in a home, which it quickly outgrew.  They combined beloved traditions with a fresh outlook.  They opened their hearts and their doors, as the Holy Spirit led them, and they never looked back. At the Fellowship, we strive to be in authentic relationship with each other and with God.

Those of us who began on Easter morning in April of 2009 in the Bargmann’s living room met early (8:30-9:30 am) so people could go on to their church services at branch churches. We explored music, object lessons, Bible teaching, and discussion based on the weekly Bible Lesson theme — but we didn’t read the lesson together. We would often come early for the wonderful food offerings people would bring, which is one thing we missed at the Doubletree Hotel where we couldn’t bring food.

At the Doubletree Hotel, where we began meeting in July of 2009, we began offering two sister services (one denominational and one not), started a Christian Science Sunday School, and immediately began the application to become a Christian Science Society. We were told early that would be a journey of likely a few years as we were an unusual applicant. Several members of the Christian Science Board of Directors as well the Board of Trustees attended our services…and were very approving of what we are doing under the name of a Christian Science service. Because we represented the name of Christian Science in advertising that service, their approval of it meant a lot.

In November of 2010, after about 16 months at the Doubletree, we were approached by the Brentwood Christian Science Church and invited to join them. We suggested that we might date before marrying, and that we would be happy to show them what our Sunday activities might look like in their edifice. Setting up and taking down our equipment every Sunday had been no small effort and it was nice to no longer expend the energy a nomadic Fellowship required. We also made our twice monthly Prayer and Share, being held at the Bargmann’s living room on Wednesday evenings, a weekly offering at the church venue. The Brentwood members proved wonderfully warm hosts, and all went well for our three month courtship in the winter of 2011. On our second anniversary, Easter 2011, we accepted their invitation to fully merge into our present design.

Looking forward, we appreciate the support — prayerfully, physically, and financially that has rehabbed so much of the church (especially the Sunday School), replaced the HVAC system, and begun the work on the former RR space. We have tried to address a number of safety issues…and have redesigned the front of the church auditorium.

As we are pioneers, we are always looking to the horizon. The horizon has always been large for us…but we have seen evolution in the form in which that horizon manifests itself. Our mission remains the same…to take our spiritual convictions and practices to the world. We are very humble about the degree to which we have succeeded with that, but are exploring how we can see better what that would look like. We do take encouragement from people across the country who tell us that our work together has been both a prompt and a support to their efforts. We have an extraordinary group of generous Partners who share their gifts to help this Fellowship advance its demonstration of its Covenant purpose.

Update April 2013

We recently turned four years old and are feeling a little more steady on our feet, starting to communicate better, and beginning to explore the larger world with a little more confidence.

Those of us who began on Easter morning in April of 2009 in the Bargmann’s living room met early (8:30-9:30 am) so people could go on to their church services at branch churches. We explored music, object lessons, Bible teaching, and discussion based on the weekly Bible Lesson theme — but we didn’t read the lesson together. We would often come early for the wonderful food offerings people would bring, which is one thing we missed at the Doubletree Hotel where we couldn’t bring food.

At the Doubletree Hotel, where we began meeting in July of 2009, we began offering two sister services (one denominational and one not), started a Christian Science Sunday School, and immediately began the application to become a Christian Science Society. We were told early that would be a journey of likely a few years as we were an unusual applicant. Several members of the Christian Science Board of Directors as well the Board of Trustees attended our services…and were very approving of what we are doing under the name of a Christian Science service. Because we represented the name of Christian Science in advertising that service, their approval of it meant a lot.

In November of 2010, after about 16 months at the Doubletree, we were approached by the Brentwood Christian Science Church and invited to join them. We suggested that we might date before marrying, and that we would be happy to show them what our Sunday activities might look like in their edifice. Setting up and taking down our equipment every Sunday had been no small effort and it was nice to no longer expend the energy a nomadic Fellowship required. We also made our twice monthly Prayer and Share, being held at the Bargmann’s living room on Wednesday evenings, a weekly offering at the church venue. The Brentwood members proved wonderfully warm hosts, and all went well for our three month courtship in the winter of 2011. On our second anniversary, Easter 2011, we accepted their invitation to fully merge into our present design.

Looking forward, we appreciate the support — prayerfully, physically, and financially that has rehabbed so much of the church (especially the Sunday School), replaced the HVAC system, and begun the work on the former RR space. We have tried to address a number of safety issues…and have redesigned the front of the church auditorium.

As we are pioneers, we are always looking to the horizon. The horizon has always been large for us…but we have seen evolution in the form in which that horizon manifests itself. Our mission remains the same…to take our spiritual convictions and practices to the world. We are very humble about the degree to which we have succeeded with that, but are exploring how we can see better what that would look like. We do take encouragement from people across the country who tell us that our work together has been both a prompt and a support to their efforts. We have an extraordinary group of generous Partners who share their gifts to help this Fellowship advance its demonstration of its Covenant purpose.

Thank you all!!