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It is a wonderful thing to be part of the worship of Joy Fellowship! You will find an abundance of joy and warmly expressed love if
you ever join us, and we believe you will be blessed. Our Sunday morning
congregation usually involves between 110 and 130 people, although many more
consider themselves part of us and are able to come only on occasion.
Joy Fellowship is a non-denominational church seeking to
help people with disabilities and their families come to believe in Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior, and then to help one another grow in maturity.
meet these goals, we worship together each Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:15 in a church building at
5880 Oak Street (43rd and Oak). We rent it just
for Sunday mornings. It is on major bus routes and is wheelchair accessible.
While 75 percent of our congregation has an obvious disability, we have many
others who have joined us and for whom we have become their church.
On the 4th Sunday of each month, we have an afternoon service between 2 and 3 at George Pearson Center, 700 West 57th Ave., in Vancouver. We also join a Burmese congregation every other month on a Sunday evening, and a Chinese congregation trying to serve the needs of families recently arrived from China with children who have disabilities every three months.
In recent years we have had series on the Gospel of John, the Epistle of James, enduring suffering, the 10 Commandments, the Parables of Jesus, worship in the Psalms, the Trinity,
and Old Testament saints. We are currently doing a series on heaven.
What Do We Do?
Our services usually begin with prayer, welcomes, and birthday
followed by lots of joyful singing and worship. Our desire is to encourage
the development of each person’s gifts and so congregational involvement
is welcomed and enthusiastically offered to God. We love to sing (and
sometimes to dance) with lots of clapping and actions and raising our
Several of us take turns with the Bible teaching as we work through a book
of the Bible, usually over several months. Recently we have studied the
Gospel of John and the Epistle of James, had a series on suffering and another on
the 10 Commandments, and are finishing a seven-month study of Jesus’ parables.
Next we hope to spend three months examining the Trinity—Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit—as we approach Advent.|
After the sermon we spend time in participatory prayer, during which anyone
may speak a word of thanks, praise, or need, which allows many to use their
gifts. We pray for one another, for old friends, and for world needs, and
each person is encouraged to take part. We love to pray. Prayer is one of
our gifts, and we devote time to encourage and to build this up. We pray for
many people around the world, some of whom we have never met, and for people
we may not have seen for more than 10 years. We also have a prayer calendar
that comes out each month, and we send out regular prayer lists by e-mail to
several hundred friends around the world.|
On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate communion. Since we are an inter-denominational church, we invite
anyone who believes in Jesus to share in this with us. Members of the
congregation are involved wherever possible and regularly lead the
In addition to offerings from their precious financial resources (we
depend largely on the gifts of others for our economic support since most of
our members are on modest handicapped pensions), our members may bring
offerings of cans and bottles to church for recycling. We use the proceeds
from these offerings to sponsor two disabled young women in India and another missionary couple in China. We have been raising almost $2,000 per year this way. We also have an offering we call Pennies for Heaven—people save up their pennies and small change, and sometimes large bills—and this is dedicated to special missions projects that come up from time to time. This also has been raising nearly $2,000 per year. At Christmas and sometimes
Thanksgiving, we also invite people to bring food for a food bank or a church project to feed the hungry.|
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
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