Greetings everyone! I have some exciting news to share with you! Beginning this coming weekend, Church Requel will begin conducting its services every week at the church facilities of Ontario Christian Fellowship, located at 636 S. Lexington-Springmill Rd. just one mile south of Richland Mall.
You might recall that we met there for Palm Sunday and Easter. Subsequent to those weekends, the leadership of Church Requel has been in prayer and discussion with the leadership of OCF. They have been most generous to make their facility available to us on a weekly basis for our Sunday evening services. Our board of directors have decided to make this move for several great reasons:
- We will have access to the facility each and every weekend. This will provide us with greater stability. Since we began offering public services at Mid-Ohio back in October, there have been 5 weekends which were unavailable. Mid-Ohio is closed on holidays - they would have been closed again on the 4th of July. And every Christmas and Easter! While we loved the facility at Mid-Ohio, we wanted a place to meet which can accommodate us each and every weekend.
- The children’s rooms are fantastic at OCF. We believe that growing our children’s ministries is one important key to our future growth. In addition, we are now offering classes for all children up through elementary age!
- Our weekly occupancy expense will be 1/3 less at OCF than it was at Mid-Ohio. And this includes access to the children’s rooms. Also, we love the idea that our rental expense will be supporting another fantastic ministry!
We have been repeating a motto recently at the Church Requel weekend services: Same church. Same time. New location. We'll still be the same Church Requel. We are not becoming a part of Ontario Christian Fellowship. We are becoming partners with them in the gospel message and renting their very nice facility. We will still be meeting at the same time - 6PM on Sunday evening. But we will have a new location.
I have sometimes joked that anyone can worship with Church Requel, providing that they can first find us! Hopefully this move will give us a more permanent location that will help people know where to find us. For some, I’m sure, the fact that our church is actually meeting in a church will be a positive. However, I want to emphasize the most important aspect - one I’m sure you all will agree with - it really doesn’t matter where we meet, so long as we continue meeting! I’m at Church Requel when I’m with you! We want to make this move and leave no one behind. I hope to see you Sunday night at 6PM.
Church Requel. Meeting at Ontario Christian Fellowship. Got it? Good!