It has often been said, “A church alive is worth the drive!” And so it seems to be the case with Providence. We have clusters of families driving to worship with us from as far away as the Aledo area! While this is a powerful testimony of what God is doing in our midst, it is also an issue of prayer. Thus, we are a “geographically challenged” church body.
It is interesting, this challenge is one that has historically confronted the church, especially here in America. As communities were established, farms developed far and wide. While the folks in the towns saw each other on a frequent basis, the outlying families would only be able to gather for the Sunday meeting. Yet, these families would try to meet at other, less formal, occasions.
And so, to help all of the families of Providence experience more regional community, we have encouraged the development of local gatherings. We call these community groups. This is a time where the Bible is read, psalms and hymns are sung, and folks spend time getting to know one another. It is also our prayer that God may use these groups as evangelism centers. We pray the Lord will birth new churches from these gatherings, allowing us to spread the mission of Providence all across Central Illinois and beyond.
We have a number of these community groups meeting now; Aledo, Downs, Hopedale, Morton, Pekin and Peoria. If you are interested in these gatherings, please contact our church office for more details.