The following are straightforward questions about who we are, what we stand for, and how we worship.
When are your Sunday services?
On 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, we worship in Greeley from 5:00-6:00 p.m. On the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays, we worship in Fort Collins from 4:00-5:00 p.m. For those wishing to stay, we share together a potluck meal after every service. This completely optional and there is no pressure to stay.
How do I know if I’d be welcome at your church?
At Sojourn, everyone is welcome. Folks are coupled and single, gay and straight, young and old, some have grown up in the church and others are experiencing church for the first time. We recognize our differing abilities and honor the gifts we each can bring. Our website, facebook page, and our bulletins clearly state the following welcome statement: “As a faith community, called by Christ to be inclusive, caring and peace-minded, Sojourn welcomes all who come our way regardless of age, gender, marital status, economic or social circumstances, race or ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical ability, faith tradition or life situation.” We do our best to live by this statement. Our worship space is wheelchair-accessible and given that we have movable chairs, we can easily accommodate wheelchairs in our specific worship areas. We welcome guide dogs and respect them as working companions.
What are your church’s highest values?
Sojourn Mennonite is a progressive, God-bearing faith community, rooted in the Anabaptist Christian tradition, living out the Inward/Outward journey of Loving God, Loving People, and Speaking the Voice of Peace. Our core values are grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus. Drawing upon the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith heritage, we seek to follow Jesus, do faithful theological reflection, value community, seek authentic personal spirituality and non-violent living, and promote peace and justice. We welcome all faith questions and explore answers to those questions in an open, trusting and mutually respectful community. We claim no creed but the New Testament, as exemplified by the life of Christ, and we strive to follow the way of Christ in our everyday life. We are an inclusive congregation; instead of defining our community with doctrinal boundaries, we welcome all who seek relationship with Christ.
We are a theologically curious group that enjoys exploring and wrestling together with the entire Bible, including those passages that are problematic to us as Mennonites. However, as a Jesus-centered congregation, the Biblical focus of our theology is the four Gospels, with particular emphasis on the Sermon on the Mount.
Together, we strive to follow the way of Jesus with a joyful, abundant spirit. And through these efforts, we seek to grow ever closer to the mind and heart of God.
Who are “Mennonites”?
Mennonites are a Christian faith group with roots in the 16th century reformation and are distinctive in their emphasis on being a “peace church.” Men and women in our churches typically would be conscientious objectors in times of war. Since peace is dependent on justice, we often are active in justice initiatives both close to home and around the world. Mennonites now have more than a million adult members worldwide across Europe, Asia, Africa and Central/South America. To learn more, please visit our “Who are Mennonites?” discussion under the “About Us” website heading.
What do you offer for children and youth?
Sojourn is a small church, still becoming! Most activities are intergenerational. During worship, we offer child care for children elementary school age and younger. We honor older children and youth by always including an “A Time for the Young at Heart” in our worship and we seek to include children and youth in worship itself. As we grow, we are now on the threshold of developing more extensive youth education initiatives.
What are your worship services like?
Worship begins with singing, and a time for the young at heart. We then collectively read a scripture, followed by a sermon or meditation. After each sermon, we enjoy approximately 15 minutes of discussion time where we experience rich, additional insights and reflections from our attendees. Finally, we end with community sharing and prayer.
After worship, we enjoy a potluck meal together for those wishing to stay. We have a good time around the table, sharing good food, conversation, and lots of laughter. New participants need not bring pot luck food; just come and enjoy.
We often use the Common Lectionary for choosing our scripture, but we also shape sermon series that provide guidance to daily life with continuing themes. We seek to have scripture interact with the daily issues that arise in life, such as living simply, living with gratitude, nurturing relationships, making peace with our past errors, experiencing forgiveness of self and others, and living with a spirit of abundance rather than scarcity. We also talk openly about controversial topics in faith life, such as immigration, sexuality, abortion, racism, and walking the radical borders with Jesus.
Dress for worship, like most things about us, is informal.