GATHERING & SCATTERING

NARRATE CHURCH

Current Series : TOXIC VIEWS

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Gathering

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Church.  When you hear the word what comes to mind?  At Narrate we like to gather on Sundays to wrestle with topics like relationships, dating, marriage, parenting, purpose, work, finances and the many emotions that come with living. Every Sunday we create experiences intended to engage and challenge – no matter what you believe about God, Jesus and the Bible.

We gather at the Grandstreet Theatre in Downtown Helena (325 N. Park Ave).  Sunday experiences are at 8.30, 10 & 11.30am.

What should you expect at a Sunday experience?  Every week we start with a handful of songs led by our excellent band of musicians.  After about 15 minutes of music one of our pastors will teach for 35 minutes and we almost always conclude with another song.  Coffee is free and we promise there’ll be no unwanted hugs.

Narrate Kids provides age appropriate experiences for infants thru 5th graders.  For more specific information (class breakdown, security, etc.) about Narrate Kids please click the Narrate Kids link at the top of the page.

 


Current Series : TOXIC VIEWS

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January is the time of year when we set goals and commit to change.  Eliminating credit card debt, losing 25 pounds, going back to school, getting elected the first female president of the United States – all become sincere and worthwhile goals.  But have you ever noticed how hard it is to stick to the plan?  Of course you have, that’s why you long ago ceased to create new year’s resolutions.

What if your ability to change is thwarted by a toxic view of God?  What if the problem isn’t your will power or your sincerity but your basic assumptions about the nature and character of God?

Most of us can probably agree that there there are few things more distasteful than being told by another that your view of God is all wrong and theirs is all right.  But having acknowledged as much, can we also agree that it’s quite possible to adopt inaccurate views of God?  What the right view is important if we’re to experience the fullness of life that God desires for you to experience?

Assuming my view of God is not all right and yours is not all wrong, can we have a conversation?  This week at Narrate we’re beginning a brand new series called Toxic Views.  Our hope is to wonder about our views of God and why they matter.

 January 4th – What Are Your Toxic Views? 

January 11th  – The Universe is a Safe Place to Be

January 18th – Sinner vs. Saint

February 1st – Morose vs. Joy Filled

 


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Scattering

The Other 6 Days

We’re serious about being the kind of the church that exists for the benefit of its non-members… to the extent that the most ardent critic of Christianity would be bummed if we suddenly ceased to exist. We seek to make this happen both by validating the opportunity to serve people in our everyday, organic lives as well as by coming together once every month to serve on a large-scale, community wide level.  We call these community serving events “Scattering” opportunities.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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There are volunteer opportunities available for this weekend. For more details or to volunteer please contact caleb@narratechurch.org

GLOBAL SCATTERING

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Families With Heart is seeking sponsorships of disabled/special needs kids. Sponsorships involve a minimum 3-month commitment of $30/month. General donations are also accepted. Funds are used for the specific needs of the disabled child/adult and may be directed toward physical, occupational, and speech therapies; medications; or basic needs if they are currently unmet. Sponsors/donators will be updated on progress every 6 months.

To become a sponsor or to find out more information about Families With Heart, you can;

Visit the website familieswithheart.org or email familieswithheart@gmail.com

Or you can contact  Noreem Oleary | 406.461.9129 or Theresa Huschka | 406.861.4970

 


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What's happening at Narrate

We’ve Been Hacked!

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We’ve been hacked! Yep, some bored and unfortunately talented German hackers have corrupted our Narrate website… Just in case anyone was wondering whether we have developed some bizarre Toxic Views about Viagra and for some strange reason willingly plastered them on our home page. Please note we are excitedly moving to a new website in the next few weeks so all shall be restored soon!

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Narrate Students Ski & Water Weekend 2015

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Free VIP Ski Night

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What The What?

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People often approach us wanting to know more about Narrate Church. Who are we? What are we about? What are our beliefs? Why do we gather and scatter? Why start a church in Helena and what was the journey that brought us here? All gritty questions. If you are intrigued by the mission of Narrate, take a listen to these two message series below. They offer you a chance to understand with more context and depth what we value and why we do what we do.

“What the What?” gives great insight into what drives us as a church. How we value personal connection with God and living in a way that serves others.

“A Vision For…” talks about the vision of Narrate Church. Our values in moving forward in God’s purpose and more detailed history in how our vision was sown into thus allowing our presence in Helena today.

Take a listen and please don’t hesitate to email us with more questions. We are always up for connecting over a lunch or coffee!

 

Kids

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VISION 

Narrate Kids values each child as an individual work of art made uniquely by God for God’s purpose. Accordingly, our goal is that children will learn and understand how their individual gifts and interests can be used to bring the kingdom of heaven to Earth. This begins when we join with parents to nurture each child’s relationship with Christ. In the classroom, it means exploring how God fits into their everyday life through creative expression, adventures in story telling, lively discussion, and deep reflection.

As a whole, each activity and lesson is designed to foster growth and understanding of who they are in Christ; that everyone brings something unique and beautiful into God’s community and everyone is free to dream big about how God would love the world through His people.

Each and every person is made unique (Psalm 139) and we want children to know that God loves their uniqueness. Everything from our looks, to what we enjoy doing with our free time, yet we are all one body. This uniqueness ties back into the ability for children to explore what they enjoy doing and how that activity plays a part in who they are.


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CLASS BREAKDOWN

Narrate Kids classes run every Sunday during the entirety of the 8:30, 10 and 11:30 am gatherings and are provided for children up through grade 5.

Babies and Toddlers

We create a loving environment for children 0 to 3yrs. We have lots of toys, balls, and books to keep your little ones stimulated. The volunteers will make sure that they get any special instructions from you regarding your child before you drop your child off.

We do have simple curriculum for these little ones each week that teach basic words and phrases about God’s character.  These children are introduced to structure through playtime, clean up, story time and snack, while experiencing consistent adult and peer relationships weekly. They learn several themes that are repeated throughout the year for consistency with the goal of teaching them that there is a God and feel comfortable saying His name and celebrating Him.

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Preschool (those ready for structured learning, age 3 to 5yrs)

Children will learn foundational things about God, the Bible and how to treat people. This is where children will learn all about God’s story! The classroom with have activity centers, where children will be able to do simple experiments, draw, color, paint, or explore a concept.

These guys are little sponges that are waiting to soak up truths about Christ. They will learn through singing, story time and small group activities.

Small group time will consist of children briefly gathering to discuss how the lesson can be applied to their life. This time may look different each week, whether it is mostly discussion or a game is played to help kids understand how the lesson applies to them.

Elementary (K-5th)

These are the years when children really begin to own their faith, live it out, and discover they are part of God’s story. Teachers will welcome kids to Narrate Kids and engage them with a beginning activity or craft.

Large Group (K-5th)

Large group will start with singing.Children will have the opportunity to worship God through live music.
During large group, children will be engaged in the Biblical truth of that week which ties into the virtue of the month.

Small Group (K-2nd and 3rd -5th )
Small groups are a place for children to discover how the lesson of the day applies to their life and to process, journal, talk, and pray with their teacher and each other. Response time is often done during this time which involves arts, writing, activities, prayer, or projects. During small group teachers will read scripture with children, answer and pose questions, and relate to children by sharing their own stories of faith as they take them through the curriculum.
 This is important because if the child merely hears the lesson, but does not see or understand how it can be used in their life, then what good is it? There is a time to play, a time to reflect, a time to apply (Ecclesiastes 3).

 


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 CHECK-IN & SECURITY

CHECK-IN

Narrate Kids check-in is on the lower level of Grandstreet Theatre for babies and toddlers and at the studio building behind Grandstreet for preschool to 5th Grade (across the parking lot behind the theatre and through the red door).

Upon checking your child in, you will receive a security tag that has a number on it (ex. T-5). If you see that number appear on the lower right hand corner of the screen during service, please return to the kids area.

 

CHECK-OUT

You must present a matching number tag to your child upon pick-up. We encourage parents to pick up their children by 10 minutes after the gathering.

 

SCREENING
We are committed to providing our families with a safe and secure ministry environment. Part of this involves volunteers who have been screened and cleared to work with children. Every volunteer working in Narrate Kids has gone through a background check and application/interview process to ensure that your children will be in safe loving environment.

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Students

The Place for Middle School and High School Students

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High School

Non Fiction

Non-Fiction is for high school students 9th-12th grade. Our goal is to create environments where students are encouraged to make wise choices even when its hard, be a positive influence to their friends and experience personal ministry through serving others. The way we strive to accomplish this is by relational gatherings. We believe relationships are best built sitting around a living room floor talking about life instead of sitting in a row listening to one person speak.

Non-Fiction meets every Wednesday night at Caleb Coder’s house 917 E 6th Ave 7:00 – 8:15pm.

What a Non Fiction Night looks like

We do two things that we believe are vitally important for you. We pay attention to what’s going on in your life and we care about you. This happens in our relational driven group environments where each gathering begins by enjoying some snacks, playing games and hanging out. Then we move to the living room and begin a conversation from Narrate Church’s Sunday message. We connect by talking, processing and praying about what’s going on in your life.

About Non Fiction Leaders

Non-Fiction will be lead by Jessica Ellis, Chase Holm, Eli Kultgen and Bethany Kultgen. Jessica Ellis is a junior at Carroll College studying nursing. Chase Holm is a small business owner of a construction company. Eli Kultgen recently graduated with a bachelors degree in art education he also specializes in duct tape art. Bethany Kultgen recently graduated with a degree in psychology and works for Shodair Children’s Hospital. The Non-Fiction team are excited to live life with students this year.

Questions?

Contact Caleb Coder at caleb@narratechurch.org or 406-590-572

Middle School

Sketch

Sketch is a Wednesday evening gathering where middle school students (6th-8th grade) gather to explore their relationship with Christ and others. Sketch impacts your student through a relational style gathering. We believe relationships are best built sitting around a living room floor talking about life instead of sitting in a row listening to someone talk.

Sketch meets every Wednesday night at Wade & Jen Lamping’s house 2230 5th Ave 6:45pm – 8:00pm.

 

What a Sketch Night looks like

Sketch gatherings provide the fuel that drives students to make good choices during each week. Led by adult leaders, each gathering begins by enjoying some snacks, hanging out and playing some games. Then we move to the living room where we begin a conversation from Narrate Church’s Sunday message. We connect by talking, processing, and praying about what’s going on in their life. Students also enjoy getting together outside of Sketch Gatherings with their leaders and groups for additional fun, community scattering and personal/spiritual growth.

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About Sketch Leaders

Sketch is led by Mike and Kelsey Tommerup. Mike moved to Helena in 2009 to help start Narrate Church and served as the Narrate Kids Director. Mike moved on to get his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and now works for the Montana City Schools. Kelsey grew up in Helena and attended Helena High School. She has recently received a bachelor’s degree in Photography. She is also the daughter of Darrell Stordahl who is a council member for Narrate Church. JaLina works for Stockman Bank and is an major outdoor enthusiast! Mike, Kelsey and JaLina are excited for the opportunity to get to be a part of middle school students lives.

Questions?

Contact Mike Tommerup at mikeyt406@gmail.com or 406-465-2434

Contact Kelsey Tommerup at kstordahl@gmail.com or 506-437-3150

Contact JaLina Collins at jalina.collins@gmail.com  or 406-600-6675

Contact Caleb Coder at caleb@narratechurch.org or 406-590-5727

About Narrate

Our Beliefs

Our Wins

We define the win in three ways:

 

Get Involved

If you’re looking to plug in around Narrate, serving on Sunday morning is the way to do it! We have many options in many different areas and can accommodate most schedules. Our Gathering Teams include the Tech Team, the Band, Narrate Kids Team, and the Host Team. If you would like to learn more about serving on one of these teams, please fill out an info card or swing by Guest Central. At Guest Central you can also learn more about serving on Wednesday nights with Sketch (Middle School) or Non-Fiction (High School).

 

Prayer Team

We have a team of people who pray over the requests that are submitted at our Sunday Gatherings. If you would like to join this team and receive weekly emails with prayer requests, or if you have a prayer request you would like our team to pray over you can email prayer@narratechurch.org.

 

Giving

Giving is just one of several ways to support the vision of Narrate Church and to help us make a tangible difference in the Helena community and beyond. If you’re using this page to give, Thank You!  It’s a privilege telling God’s story with you.


 

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Narrate Church | info@narratechurch.org

Office Address: 15 W 6th Avenue – 2nd Floor, Helena, MT 59601

Mailing Address: PO Box 1507; Helena, MT 59624



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