May 20, 2015

3 Great Things About New Service Times

This Sunday we kick off our summer schedule of new service times! Here are 3 great things to celebrate about our new times:

1 – They’re easy to remember!
All of our times are easy to remember which makes it easy for you to invite others!

2 – We have early options + a late one too!
We know a lot of people will enjoy coming to church early during the summer so they can have more time for summer Sunday activities later in the day. AND…our Yorktown Campus 6:00 PM* service is a late option for families that may be traveling on the weekend or have early Sunday plans and commitments. We’ve found that options are key when inviting others!

3 – It’s a motivation to invite!
It’s easy to forget about inviting others. Our new service times provide you with the perfect motivation! Simply say: “We’re starting a NEW summer schedule this Sunday at church, you should come with me!” People love “new” things, so use the new service times as a motivation to invite others.

We are stoked about this summer at Waters Edge and our new service times are just one of the many things that will make this OUR BEST SUMMER YET!

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*Yorktown will not have a 6:00 PM on May 24, but will have a 12:30 PM service instead.

May 18, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday we continued our series with The Tension Of Sons & Daughters. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. If you’ve been adopted into the family of God, if you’ve made Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior, you’ve decided to follow Him and place your faith and trust in Him, then you’re a son or a daughter of God.
2. I don’t know if you realize this but as a son or a daughter of God you have rights and responsibilities.
3. If you’re gonna have the rights then you gotta have the responsibilities.
4. You have the right to be forgiven.
5. If we’re going to name the name of Christ – “Christian” – we either need to change our name or change our conduct.
6. There’s such a heavy responsibility that goes with following after Jesus.
7. Let me sell you the tension: if we haven’t kept our responsibilities as a son or daughter of God, do we really have the rights of being a son or daughter of God?
8. With or without the responsibilities, I maintain the rights of a son or daughter of God.
9. Jesus earned your rights – you can’t!
10. This is how you resolve the tension between rights and responsibilities – it’s because of the relationship.

May 12, 2015

Who’s Your Story?

One of my personal values is that I always want to have a story. I don’t mean a bedtime story to share with my kids or a funny story to share at the next dinner party; I mean a story of life-change that I am participating in!

– If you’re in ministry, people are just numbers without a story.
– If you’re a parent driving kids to soccer and baseball, people are just teammates and coaches without a story.
– If you’re a student, people are just classmates without a story.
– If you’re in business, people are just clients without a story.
– If you’re shopping or dining out, people are just cashiers or waiters without a story.

You need a story to remind you that every encounter, every person, every interaction has the potential to be a part of changing a life.

For several years, I’ve crossed paths regularly with a particular friend and in small ways, I’ve played a part in his story all along the way. Well this past Sunday, I believe we turned the page in the storybook as he finally took me up on the offer to attend Waters Edge with me for the first time. The story is still being written, but for now…he is my story. Who’s yours?

May 11, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you brought your mom to church yesterday. The message was awesome. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Whose voice are you listening to?
2. What was reminds you of your past and what if strikes fear and stress and anxiety in your heart about the future.
3. I want to teach you today how to hear your Father’s voice.
4. If you’re a son or a daughter of God… then it’s your Father’s voice that you should strive to hear because it’s His voice that really matters the most anyways.
5. God’s always speaking; the question is are we hearing?
6. When God speaks, competing voices get louder.
7. Everything you want, and everything you need, and everything you ever hope for is wrapped up in the person of God Himself – that’s why his name is I AM!
8. If you want to learn how to silence the voice of what was, you have to learn how to listen to the voice of I AM.
9. You gotta silence the voice of what if with I AM!
10. I am a son, I am a daughter – I know I AM!

May 6, 2015

WEC…Did You Know?

Hey Waters Edge, there are a lot of exciting things happening! Did you know…

1. Mother’s Day is Sunday! Give your mom the best gift ever: the Waters Edge Experience! Sunday is going to be incredible as we celebrate Baby Dedication and continue our series, Sons & Daughters. We will be honoring all the mothers in our services, so don’t miss it. Moms love Waters Edge Church!

2. Summer Schedule Starts Memorial Day Weekend! We want to make it easier for you to volunteer and get your friends to church this summer, so we’re changing our schedule. Check this out:

– Waters Edge Hampton: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM
– Waters Edge Newport News
: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM
– Waters Edge Williamsburg
: 9:30 Volunteer-Only Service and 11:00 AM
– Waters Edge Yorktown
: 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM

3. Student Summer Camp Registration Continues! You might have missed the early-bird rate, but trust me, the cost of camp is still worth it! If you’re a parent of a middle schooler or high schooler, sign them up for summer camp today:

May 4, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu kicked off an awesome new series called Sons + Daughters. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. What does the label tell you to believe about you and others to believe about you?
2. It’s one of the most endearing, honoring words and labels you could use about me, is that label of pastor.
3. What God says about you is really the only label that matters.
4. Today I want to teach you how to read His label.
5. Labels determine what you believe.
6. It’s why our church exists, it’s why many of you give of your dollars, and invite people you know and love, and volunteer of your time because we just believe this, that we want more, and more, and more people just to hear about Jesus ‘cause we know that Jesus can re-write the labels of their lives!
7. All of us together at the exact same time can reach our hands out toward Jesus and Jesus knows the touch of your hand and He knows exactly what you need!
8. I believe today that Jesus is powerful enough to meet any need in your life but I believe that more important than that is that powerful Jesus cares about you.
9. I’m going to change your label and from this point forward, you will be called daughter, and that label will cover up every other label in your life, you are my daughter, Jesus says.
10. We are sons and the daughters of God.

April 28, 2015

My Hangout!

We all have our hangout spots. I know people who love sitting in Starbucks. They can sit there with a cup of coffee for a couple of hours. Whenever I walk into a Starbucks, I always wonder, what are these people doing? Don’t they have somewhere to be? They love hanging out there. I know people who love Target. I’m pretty sure my sister-in-law visits Target everyday. I don’t think she buys something every time she goes there; she just loves to hang out there. Maybe for you it’s a local pub or a favorite beach or a peaceful park. My hangout is the ball field.

I didn’t necessarily choose the ball field. It kind of chose me! With 3 kids, each playing a different sport, just about every evening I am at one or more fields. It’s become my hangout and I love the people that hang out there with me.

If you have a hangout, and we all do, it’s really your place to invest in people. Don’t just hang out at the place, but hang out with the people. Get to know them. Share your life with them. Add value to them. And if you do, I guarantee, you will have an opportunity to share what is most important to you with them!

Your hangout is actually part of God’s strategy. He has strategically placed you somewhere with other people so you can do more than hang out, but so you can make a difference!

Why don’t you HAND OUT an invitation to church at your HANGOUT today?

April 27, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu concluded our series called In A Moment with a talk called Messiness to Greatness. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. While most of would love to hear sermons about greatness, most of us need to hear sermons about defeat.
2. Moments of greatness come along occasionally, but moments of messiness come along daily.
3. Some moments in life, they get messy because of life, but some moments in life get messy because of you.
4. You better choose your friends wisely because your friends choose your destiny.
5. I love you enough to tell you that sometimes the moments are what you make of them.
6. Years of shame and regret, years of disappointment and despair can all be overcome with one moment in the presence and power of Jesus!
7. There is nothing in your life that’s so messy that Jesus can’t transform it into greatness.
8. I’m afraid that so many of us, in the messy moments of life, turn from Jesus instead of toward Him.
9. God can transform the moments of your life into something great for your good and for His glory if you’ll just turn toward Him today.
10. You thought your messy moment disqualified you but I’m here to tell you today your messy moment prequalified you.

Don’t forget – next Sunday we kick off a new series, Sons and Daughters, so it’s the perfect time to invite someone to come with you!

April 24, 2015

Can’t Stop!

You probably have a long list of things in your life that you should STOP…things you should stop doing, thoughts you should stop having, people you should stop seeing, places you should stop going, food you should stop eating, etc. But as a follower of Jesus, there is also a long list of things in your life that you can’t STOP! Here are a few of them:

– You can’t stop loving.
– You can’t stop giving.
– You can’t stop praying.
– You can’t stop serving.
– You can’t stop inviting.
– You can’t stop depending.
– You can’t stop growing.
– You can’t stop learning.
– You can’t stop helping.
– You can’t stop caring.
– You can’t stop telling.
– You can’t stop hoping.
– You can’t stop seeking.

Whatever you do today, remember, you can’t stop!

April 20, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we continued our In A Moment series and celebrated baptism! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
1. God wanted me to tell you today that Jesus can do more in a moment than you and I could ever do in a lifetime.
2. Jesus can do in a moment what you’ve been trying to do for years.
3. Nothing honors God more than when you and I have big faith in Him.
4. I’m telling you, if my wife starts talking to me like that, I’m getting some tools and finding something to fix!
5. And I believe he understood that though his power was limited, Jesus’ power was limitless!
6. Here’s the thing, for most of us, seeing is believing, but for the centurion, believing was seeing!
7. Faith is all about the unseen.
8. You gotta review the play because His faithfulness in the past is the best predictor of His faithfulness in your future.
9. Review the Play and Replay the Tape and your faith will grow big.
10. Big faith honors God and listen to me, God honors big faith.