We realize there are a lot of new churches out there and it can get pretty confusing on who believes what and who’s safe vs. who’s just a little goofy. So, we’ve tried to answer some questions for you.
What is Refuge?
Refuge is a church started in 2006 by a few families from the Journey in St. Louis along with some other friends in St. Charles. It was started with a desire to give a fresh face to “church” in St. Charles.
What religion is Refuge?
We would be classified as Orthodox Christianity. We believe strongly in the Bible and, more importantly, the Hero of the Bible - Jesus. We often say that Bible is a bunch of smaller stories that tell one big story, and that is that Jesus is the hero of our messed up lives.
What makes you different from every other church?
Good question! It’s important to know that churches who claim Jesus as Lord (hopefully all churches under the banner of Orthodox Christianity) are NOT in competition with each other, rather they are in partnership. Christians, as portrayed in the Bible, are NOT a political group, rather a group of messed up people who have found hope and restoration in Jesus. There are different traditions, different preferences, different styles and some different interpretation of secondary issues. Some of these might make us a little different from other churches. The benefit of being a new church is that we are able to take our common mission (the good NEWS of the Gospel) and take it directly to our culture without having to follow as many established traditions that were helpful in previous generations, but might not be as helpful now. Make sense?
Who can come to your church?
Well, here’s the great news, it’s not OUR church! The church that Jesus established on earth is made up of messed up people who have been “called out” to follow and serve Jesus. Every single person on the face of this planet is welcome to come and be a part. In being a safe place to seek, we invite people with spiritual questions, we invite people with hurts and pain, we invite people who just need to rest and be nourished, we invite people who are ready to work. There is typically only one person we would rather not have…if you are a Christian who is a part of a church currently that is teaching the Bible, but you’ve been offended or gotten your feelings hurt; STAY PUT. Find resolution, humble yourself, submit to your shepherds and do everything you can to make peace where you are.
What can I expect on Sunday morning?
The dress is very casual, the atmosphere is very casual, the people are very casual. For the many kiddos we have at Refuge, we have childcare available for babies/toddlers and classes for children preschool through 5th grade. While that is going on, we gather around, we sing together, we pray together and we teach through the Bible. Our hope is that no matter what your church experience, this is a place that you can feel at home and comfortable and not have to know all of the motions.
What is your hope for St. Charles?
Our desire is to see St. Charles transformed into an unbelievable city. A place where there is economic prosperity for EVERYONE. Where there is opportunity to grow and develop as a person or as a family. Where there is racial equality that goes hand in hand with recognizing and affirming
Ok, so how would one find out more without feeling pressured?
Well, we’re not salesmen, we’re people. And I guess the best way to find out about people is to come and meet them. We won’t bite and we won’t set up surveillance on your house or apt. The easiest way is to come to a Sunday service at 9:00am or 11:00am. There are several other ways to stick your toe in the water and find out if this is a place to be a part of. If you have some more questions, feel free to contact us.