Can you imagine? Anastasis Fellowship Church began around the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has certainly challenged our beginnings. But God is so faithful!
Naturally, because of the pandemic, we met over Zoom and eventually, following the Governor’s guidelines, we gathered safely as a small group under 25 people. Together, we have pressed in to worship and to fervently pray for our neighbors and for God to move all across our world. Presently, we meet at the home of Larry and Shannon Baker in Flying Hills, Pennsylvania, and have participated in several outreaches throughout the city of Reading, distributing food, prayer, and words of encouragement.
For the past 13 weeks, Pastor Larry has knocked on over 1,000 doors in Antietam Valley, where he has done surveys to learn about the community’s needs. He’s also had the opportunity to pray for several residents who were facing loss or difficulty. Others have helped with collecting school supplies for Mt. Penn Elementary School. We’ve been privileged to serve at neighborhood events, including the community yard sale, Trunk or Treat, the Easter egg hunt, and the Farmer’s Market.
We will be serving free ice cream at Mt. Penn’s Rita’s Ice on Sunday, July 24, and Sunday, August 7 from 3-5 p.m. We will also provide concessions at the August 13 Movie night on Antietam’s A Field. And most Sunday evenings, we are handing out free water near the Rec Center. We are still collecting school supplies, if you’d like to help! Come see us! We would love to meet you!
Would you like to join us?
Our Sunday morning format is super simple. We gather together at 10:30 a.m. for a church service, during which, we sing worship songs, we pray, we listen to a message from Pastor Larry, who teaches us from the Bible, and we consider how to apply these truths to our lives. Children 5th grade and under are invited to participate in worship and then are dismissed for their own age-appropriate lessons, which includes Bible stories, crafts, games and more. After our services, we often hang out with each other, enjoying each other’s friendship. Please join us!