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By Sabas­tian Wee this church, we don’t just come to church, we do church.”

Un­like most churches, for­mal dress code is not nec­es­sary when at­tend­ing Church 213’s Sun­day ser­vices. Mem­bers dress ca­su­ally; many at­tend in blue jeans, T-shirts and shorts. Pat­ter­son be­lieves it is the soul within that is more im­por­tant than what one wears to wor­ship.

“We are ‘blended’ on the con­tem­po­rary side in our wor­ship. We have a wor­ship band and our at­tire is ca­sual, but the wor­ship is not,” Pat­ter­son said. “Too many Chris­tians have got­ten do­mes­ti­cated in their faith — mean­ing they sit in church on Sun­day morn­ing and lis­ten to preacher. We be­lieve Chris­tian­ity is so much more than that.”

The church ad­vo­cates a proac­tive style in their faith.

The chil­dren at­tend­ing get to par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties. Kidz Zone is a Sun­day min­istry pro­gram where chil­dren sing songs, learn about the Bi­ble and get in­volved in the min­istry. They also visit nurs­ing homes and some take part in the church’s stu­dent min­istry pro­gram.

“Many peo­ple be­lieve chil­dren are the church of to­mor­row. We be­lieve they are the church of to­day,” Pat­ter­son said.

The ac­tive stu­dent min­istry pro­gram re­cently re­turned from a week-long youth re­treat at Fort Wal­ton Beach in Florida. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in Bi­ble teach­ing, youth ori­ented wor­ship and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The church has also re­turned from their an­nual mis­sion­ary visit to Zam­bia, Africa. Pat­ter­son and 12 other mem­bers of the church spent their time in Zam­bia spread­ing their mes­sage of Chris­tian­ity to an or­phan­age and a bush vil­lage. Pat­ter­son held a pas­tor con­fer­ence that brought to­gether pas­tors from all over the world. They also built a govern­ment-sanc­tioned school that will help the chil­dren re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion.

“We try to bring ev­ery­one in the vil­lage a gift. Things like rope and gloves are things we take for granted, but pre­cious to them,” Pat­ter­son said. “It’s not about the des­ti­na­tion, but about the re­la­tion­ships we build. They al­ways greet us with open arms when they see us. They gather around when we do our Bi­ble teach­ing and ask a lot of ques­tions. One of the girls, Hope, ac­tu­ally un­of­fi­cially adopted me and my wife, re­fer­ring to us as mom and dad. She sends us letters through­out the year.”

Pat­ter­son wants to con­tinue the church’s proac­tive stance with their faith to be­come a no­table mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. He wel- comes ev­ery­body to visit the church and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of their wor­ship.

“We want to be a bless­ing to the com­mu­nity,” Pat­ter­son said. “We want to meet the needs of the peo­ple and help them any­way we can. Es­pe­cially in the times we live in, peo­ple are very in­ter­ested in spir­i­tu­al­ity. We want to help them dis­cover what that means.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.church213. com.

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