Not about religion for Galion church


By Deborah Elaine Evans - [email protected]



Galion Church of the Nazarene is located at 777 Fairview Ave.


Galion Church of Nazarene held a Back to School Fest Aug. 9. "We gave away 125 book bags with supplies." Church officials said. "We want to say thank you to the community for making it possible and a thank you to fire, police and rescue for letting the kids up into their vehicles."


Galion Church of the Nazarene

Church info: Galion Church of the Nazarene is located at 777 Fairview Ave. Hours are Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m and Small Groups at 6 p.m. The church website is www.galnaz.org. The church number is 419-468-1262.

The church mission: The mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to make Christlike disciples in the nations.

We are a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.

The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others. We strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.

To connect with God and others. Grow toward God and others. Serve God and others.

Average church attendance: Between 100 - 150

Church worship style: Real casual and contemporary

Denomination: Church of Nazarene

It’s not about tradition for Galion Church of the Nazarene.

The church decided to shift its focus in an effort to better meet the needs of the community.

“We decided to use different approaches.” Pastor Rick McCartney said. “Our focus is more community than high steeple. Many churches are interested in preserving their tradition, but our focus is reaching the community.”

Because of the change, the church’s attendance decreased.

“We’ve lost people because we’ve changed,” McCartney said. “But He (God) will build us back. The Bible says in Zachariah 4:10, ‘Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.’”

There are different programs that families can attend together.

“We want parents to be apart of what the kids are doing.” McCartney said. “I think it’s all about getting the kids into the programs.”

The Bible quiz program called Raising Up Arrows helps kids and adults memorize Scripture.

“We believe Scripture builds the inner person and builds values.” McCartney said.

The Christian Scouting Program teaches kids about values and to appreciate God’s creations. The Caravan Program equips a child to have integrity and the Upward Basketball program focuses more on value then competition.

“You plant a seed, it grows.” McCartney said. “Whether it be a good seed or a bad one. If you plant the Bible in a child it will grow. Scripture says if we teach a child the way they should go he will not depart from the truth. In other words the child can drift away but the truth will always be there. Eventually he will come back.”

The pastor said religion is not the key to knowing God.

“It’s about a relationship with God.” McCartney said. “How do you help a person be intimate with God. We’ve been missing it for years. We’ve been trying to create a name. It’s not about bringing in the masses, it’s about an intimacy with God. The difference between religion and Jesus is, God is long beside you instead of judging you.”

Galion Church of the Nazarene is located at 777 Fairview Ave.
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Nazarene.jpgGalion Church of the Nazarene is located at 777 Fairview Ave.

Galion Church of Nazarene held a Back to School Fest Aug. 9. "We gave away 125 book bags with supplies." Church officials said. "We want to say thank you to the community for making it possible and a thank you to fire, police and rescue for letting the kids up into their vehicles."
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_kids.jpgGalion Church of Nazarene held a Back to School Fest Aug. 9. "We gave away 125 book bags with supplies." Church officials said. "We want to say thank you to the community for making it possible and a thank you to fire, police and rescue for letting the kids up into their vehicles."

By Deborah Elaine Evans

[email protected]

Galion Church of the Nazarene

Church info: Galion Church of the Nazarene is located at 777 Fairview Ave. Hours are Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m and Small Groups at 6 p.m. The church website is www.galnaz.org. The church number is 419-468-1262.

The church mission: The mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to make Christlike disciples in the nations.

We are a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.

The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others. We strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.

To connect with God and others. Grow toward God and others. Serve God and others.

Average church attendance: Between 100 – 150

Church worship style: Real casual and contemporary

Denomination: Church of Nazarene

Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31

Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31

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