Are you searching for hope this holiday season? Join the club.
No matter what this year looked like for you, it undoubtedly held challenges you couldn't have anticipated.
This summer, over 50% of Americans surveyed reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. 50 PERCENT. If you're not one of those people, you know one and you might even live with one.
So how do we combat worry and stress? Well, Jesus spent a good amount of his time on Earth telling people not to worry. In fact, he told us that God already knows all of our needs.
You might be thinking, "Who is Jesus to tell us not to worry?"
That's a great question. Join us on December 23 as we answer the question, "Who is Jesus?"
We think that the answer to this question is the hope you need. This year and every year.
If you haven't attended a service at Redemption before, we would love nothing more than to see you on Christmas Eve (Eve). We want to make your first visit as simple and comfortable as possible. People usually want answers to these questions:
When and where are your services?
Until further notice, we will be holding service in-person and online at Destiny Church in Des Peres on Sundays at 5PM. We hope to be back at North Kirkwood Middle School very soon! We also live-stream our services on Facebook and Youtube.
How long is a Redemption service?
In total, a Redemption service is about 60 minutes in length. Our service begins with our band leading the church in music. We'll project song lyrics on the screens so you can sing along, but feel free to engage however you feel most comfortable. After the music is complete (usually 2-3 songs), our speaker will come out to share an encouraging and hope-filled message. At the end of the message, we'll sing one more song and participate in communion. If you're not sure what that's all about, no worries. We'll explain everything and there is never any pressure to participate in communion.
What should I wear? What's the vibe?
The vibe at Redemption, in 3 words, is exciting, comfortable, and welcoming. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as our guest. You can wear a suit if you'd like, but we probably won't. Our lead pastor is usually in jeans and a casual shirt.
We are a pro-celebration church. If you're looking for a more solemn, candlelit experience for Christmas, you are out of luck with us. If you're looking for a joyful, hope-filled, raise-the-roof party, you found your people.
What about my kids?
We normally host an awesome, engaging, fun experience for your kids during our service called Redemption Kids. In this phase of re-opening, we're going to enjoy the service together as a church family. That means we'll probably have a fair share of fidgeting, moving around, and whispering. We're okay with that. Everybody is welcome. We'll have a space in the lobby with some (sanitized) toys to help your kids get their energy out while you listen to/watch the service on the lobby TVs. Every week we share amazing age-specific kids content here.
Where do I park?
When you pull up to Destiny Church, you'll be greeted by our smiling (under masks) parking crew who will direct you exactly where to go. From there, head to the clearly marked front doors and we'll get you where you need to be.
What are you doing differently because of COVID-19?
We're glad you asked. Check out this page with info about our re-opening, including safety measures we're taking to protect everyone in attendance.
Dough Holy Night: A family-friendly Advent activity
This year we are hosting “Dough Holy Night”—a deliciously fun family experience with the true meaning of Christmas baked in. Together you’ll bake a batch of Christmas cookies and, along the way, hear the story of the very first Christmas. There’s minimal preparation and a video that leads you step-by-step through the entire experience. It’s so easy!
Online Class : Good News for a Bad Year
December 2, 9, 16 @ 8PM on Zoom
The Christmas story has been told and retold. It has become so familiar that many of us hardly give it a second thought – even during this “most wonderful time of the year.” But buried in the details of this familiar story are incredible insights about our good (and creative) God who stepped into human history over two thousand years ago. In this class, we’ll look at the Christmas story through a lens that you probably have never considered and see things you’ve probably never seen in it before.
The Characters of Christmas - Daniel Darling
Dawning of Indestructible Joy - John Piper
Searching for Christmas - J.D. Greear
This year, Redemption is joining the conspiracy.
The Advent Conspiracy. We are linking arms with Christ-followers around the world who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be - a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us. We're choosing to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.
Each week, Pastor Cory will be sharing a relational gift idea. You can also find a full list of relational gift ideas here. Giving a relational gift allows you to spend less and give more. The money collected on our Christmas Eve Eve service will be given to Young Life (an amazing organization reaching those who don't know Jesus in the Kirkwood area) and to the Redemption Future Fund. Partner with us as we conspire to take Christmas back.