MainStreet is an answer to my lifelong prayer to find true fellowship. My involvement has blessed me by allowing me to be real, connect deeply with others who I am able to "do life" with, not just say hello to at a Sunday service. I've beeen able to dig into Scripture alongside others. What a blessing to find Jesus in new ways by opening myself up to a new community.
The people at MainStreet are real! The community and support are beyond words. This church has been instrumental in taking me from someone who read scripoture and believed in the Lord to someone who has an intimate, daily relationship with the Lord. If you are ready for a place where you can learn, be part of a supporting community and change your life forever, then stop in and check it out. MainStreet is a place where real people with real experiences come together to be part of a larger mission in the Kingdom.
I've attended many churches over the years, but this is the first place that is really a community that cares about the two Great Commandments: love God and love others. Pastor Jeremy is real, transparent, and really cares. The Holy Spirit is present here, and is speaking truth in new ways -- for me and everyone else that is willing.
My life started to feel like it was spinning out of control. I looked at my daughter and knew I needed to do something dierent for her. That Sunday we walked into MainStreet. I immediately felt like we were home. I joined a Lifegroup where I felt so comfortable and inspired to continue growing in my faith. Both Joelle and I have made such great new friends that have helped us in numerous ways. I feel like my spiritual journey has just begun and I am excited to see where it leads!
Jaimie & Chris
Our marriage was filled with the turmoil of drug abuse, frustration, infidelity, deceit, and chronic mistrust. We were both at a breaking point. We both knew that finding closeness again to each other needed to be preceded by a closeness to God. Mainstreet was the vessel that carried us from notion to action. This happened at the outdoor baptism service in August. We rededicated our lives, and the soul of our marriage to God that day.
I cannot even begin to express how glad and thankful I am for what God is doing in my life since we found MainStreet. I am definitely in a place I’ve never been before…I am trying to reconcile my previous/current life with the need to explore what God now wants me to do. I don’t know how to live this kind of a Christian life and still live how I was before…However, I cannot believe how at peace I am with God. I don’t know how to explain it; I can honestly say I’ve never felt so many of the things I’m feeling recently. It’s a scary and wonderful time…Dave and I strongly believe that God brought us to MainStreet, and I am so glad we followed his gentle prodding.
During my college years I was a scoundrel -- a pig to women, addicted to drugs, and a raging alcoholic. I fell into one of the worst holes that I ever been in. Christ says “In order to find your life, you must be willing to lose it." On the surface I look fine but on the inside I was crumbling. So I prayed like I have never prayed before. God told me to reach out to Pastor Jeremy. During the course of a few weeks I started attending Mainstreet, reaffirmed my baptism vows, and starting meeting for 1-on-1 discipleship. I still slip up and hang out with the wrong people and do the wrong things. That’s why I need to belong to this church.
I felt somewhat lost in life and had been looking for a church that fit me. When the doors opened up for the new and current location for Mainstreet, I knew I had found what I was looking for...I was home! I shared some difficult things in my life with others during a couple of services, and rather than being judged for my past choices, I was embraced with hugs and prayers that left me filled with hope.
I decided to make a change when I realized my life was falling apart around me. I asked my mom to church on Easter and she was floored because I've always been a skeptic. I was never a fan of traditional church -- in fact I hated it. But after one visit to MainStreet I enjoyed it very much. I am now trying to follow God daily. I’m reading books on the Christian life, meeting with Pastor Jeremy for discipleship, and hoping to get plugged into a Lifegroup.
The past few years have been filled with difficult transitions grieving the death of my parents, finding a new place to live, and some job stress. But I’m trying to trust God with my future. I recently came forward to renew my baptism at the beachside service at Surfside. That was a special moment for me, almost one year from when I began attending MainStreet. God has brought me a long way this past year and so it seemed fitting to come forward to the waters when I heard the invitation. I have been just attending church for many years, but now I'm being discipled, reading my Bible daily and God's Word is guiding my daily life!
I first met Pastor Jeremy a year ago when I was going through a rough time in my life. I began attending Mainstreet occasionally and healing in my life began because of my time spent together with Pastor Jeremy. We go to lunch and study the Bible together. Jeremy and the Mainstreet community embraced me and have allowed me to share my rap-style poetry occasionally during their services. Mainstreet is truly a community of awe-inspiring believers. Recently I started attending Lifegroup as well.
“When I first entered the doors of MainStreet, I was an incredibly wounded and broken person. I didn't know then that day would forever change my life. I could instantly feel the overwhelming feeling of God's presence within the church. Immediately after the service, many people came up to me and made me feel so welcomed.They invited me to Lifegroup and that is when for the first time in my life, I experienced God's love through his people. I have always attended big churches and to have a personal relationship with the pastor and his family has been an incredible blessing in my life.Today, because of Pastor Jeremy and the church, I have recommitted my life to Christ. I have finally grasped His infinite love for me. Although I still need more healing and to work towards forgiveness, I am confident and hopeful that I will get there because of the Spirit of God that is within me and the support of my new family at MainStreet.”
I was trying do things my own way and God was letting me. Things in my life started to crumble and I eventually hit bottom. I started going to MainStreet when a friend asked me to help him run sound. I fell in love with the church and began going on a regular basis. Often the message would directly relate to something I was dealing with that week. MainStreet has helped me grow in my faith. This summer I reaffirmed my baptism, I recently joined a Lifegroup and I also have a mentor who is helping me on my path to becoming a disciple. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me!
As things in my life were getting difficult and I lost my way, I decided I needed a change. I was in about the lowest place a man could be. I was visiting MainStreet shortly thereafter, and like most Sundays, we were invited to fill out a prayer request form. For the first time, I grabbed a pen, completed the card with my request, and asked Jeremy to contact me. After the church service ended that day, I went up to the cross and prayed with Mike Fox. It was the day when God finally got through to me and I let go of my pride and said, "Yes, I really need help, God." I feel blessed to have found my new church family.
I grew up in the church but strayed away during my young adult years. I was hesitant to go back to church because I didn’t want to be seen as a hypocrite since I had been doing my own thing for so long. Last winter my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. God met me in my darkest hour and gave me a calm and peace that I know didn’t come from me. It was God. This past year Pastor Jeremy and MainStreet have helped me know Jesus and God's love. I was baptized this summer. I am so grateful to be a part of MainStreet.
I look forward to every Sunday so much -- I can't wait to come back each week! Mainstreet has helped me grow in my faith, as I finally have found a church that I truly enjoy and want to be involved in. I looked for many years for this kind of church and now I have finally found it.
I'm Melissa. The first time we visited the church I was so impressed by how the congregation as a whole sought us out and greeted us by name. Not just the "official church greeters" but the community as a whole, and it was genuine. My favorite part about the church is it's desire and commitment to live out the gospel with a beautiful balance between grace without compromising the truth of God's Word. This is rare to find and I feel blessed to have a church like this!
I’m Ashley. I started coming to MainStreet just before we got married in May 2013. I like that MainStreet is a place where people can be real and transparent. You don't have to put on a smile and fake it until you make it. There are genuine people who care to get into real conversations. It is an encouragement that you don't have to have it all figured out...because nobody does.