A new rea­son to visit Truro’s Cine­plex eatre

Truro Daily News - - Church - Ken Banks Pas­tor Ken Banks is the lead pas­tor at Con­nec­tion Church in Truro.

Like oth­ers, I en­joy go­ing to the lo­cal Cine­plex ev­ery now and then to see a good movie. Be­cause of the ages of our chil­dren, th­ese movies tend to be mostly PG- or G-rated shows, and I am pretty cer­tain that I have seen just about ev­ery car­toon made dur­ing the past 13 years.

While the the­atre o ers an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to catch the lat­est block­buster or hid­den gem, there will soon be an­other great rea­son to make the jour­ney to our lo­cal movie house.

Launch­ing this Sun­day, Sept. 16, at Truro’s Cine­plex eatre, is a new min­istry de­signed for those who are un­sure about Chris­tian­ity and want to ex­plore faith at their own pace.

This new ini­tia­tive, called Groundswell, states on their web­site, “We’re here be­cause we love the peo­ple and we care about our com­mu­nity. We’re pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing a place where you can ex­plore faith no mat­ter your back­ground.”

Why did they choose to call this min­istry “Groundswell”? e name is taken from the def­i­ni­tion that a groundswell is a rapidly growing wave that starts small but grows quickly into a sub­stan­tial force.

They be­lieve that as Je­sus trans­forms peo­ple’s lives they will see our com­mu­ni­ties changed by the grace and hope of Je­sus.

“SO MANY PEO­PLE FEEL LIKE LIFE, GOD, OR EVEN CHURCH IS AGAINST THEM. WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT THERE IS A PLACE THAT IS FOR THEM.”

is new min­istry, which will serve the Truro area, provides two weekly times to get to­gether on Sun­day morn­ings – one op­por­tu­nity is at 9 a.m. while the other is at 10:30 a.m.

Pas­tor Tammy Gi en is giv­ing lead­er­ship to this min­istry, and has a strong team serv­ing with her.

Tammy has lived in cen­tral Nova Sco­tia for al­most her en­tire life.

At the age of 28, Je­sus changed her life for­ever. She spent many years play­ing in wor­ship bands with her friends be­fore her life took a turn to­wards pas­toral min­istry.

Tammy served in two other churches be­fore sens­ing a call to church plant­ing. Her heart is for unchurched peo­ple who have never ex­pe­ri­enced the love of Je­sus.

She is pas­sion­ate about break­ing down bar­ri­ers that keep peo­ple from know­ing him. Tammy is mar­ried and they have three chil­dren. She loves good food, play­ing mu­sic with fam­ily, and be­ing a dance mom.

Do you need to dress up to at­tend Groundswell?

e an­swer is no. As they state on their web­site, “We like you just the way you are.”

ere are also pro­grams for kids that are be­ing o ered.

ey will be called GS Kids & GS Kids Jr. and will pro­vide an amaz­ing en­vi­ron­ment for kids from birth to Grade 5.

If you go to their web­site and pre- regis­ter your kids for this week­end’s launch, they will re­ceive a free movie pass.

As a pas­tor of an­other church that has no con­nec­tion or af li­a­tion to Groundswell, and as the au­thor of this ar­ti­cle, I have cho­sen to pro­mote this new ini­tia­tive, be­cause I am of the rm be­lief that Truro needs as many strong Je­sus-fo­cused churches as pos­si­ble.

Truro has a lot of min­istries and churches, but there are also a lot of folks who are not cur­rently at­tend­ing any­where. Groundswell has built its min­istry with th­ese folks in mind.

If you are in­ter­ested, why not check them out and see what Groundswell has to o er.

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