Quest for Community

Quest for Community

During the first half of 2014, we’re going to take a respite from Documentary Dinners and use that time, instead, to keep considering what it means to live in Christian Community.  In many ways, the story of Madison Street Church has been an on-going search for how we live as the Body of Christ in this place and time.  It’s been a quest for meaningful ways to follow Jesus, not just as individual disciples, but as the people of God, gathered in Riverside.  Many of us have been on this journey of living with Christ, together, since the before the founding of the Sierra Street Household in early 1980’s.  But certainly from the planting of the Riverside Brethren in Christ Church (now Madison Street Church) in 1984 through the present there have been many expressions of shared life along the whole spectrum of community living.  These included intentional households during the founding years on Sierra Street and Gloreen Court, families who opened their homes to foster children and families who also adopted kids.  There has been years of open hospitality to youth in the homes of West families and in recent years, the gift of friends from Riverbend Commons, and intentional community in Corona, CA and the formation of the University Flatshousehold.Though this history of experimenting and experiencing living together on a daily basis has truly shaped who we are and has pressed us to always look for how Christ is calling us to live, the Quest for Community at Madison Street Church has never been focused only on how our “residential lives” are lived.  Household forms of community are only part of the fabric of our life as a Church.  We have traditionally viewed the purpose of these households as ways to free people up and to equip them for deeper and more open handed service to our local congregation and to the larger community in Riverside and beyond.  For us, our Church and the whole Church are the Christian community into which we are called to live and our households, whatever form they may take, are part of the wider family of God.Though we have experienced blessing and sorrow, brokenness and hope, weakness and strength, selfishness and generosity in all the chapters of the life of Madison Street Church thus far, we believe we have always seen the redemptive, gracious, patient work of our loving God at work in us as individuals, families, households and intentional communities.  So, as a people with this particular background and as the Body of Christ that starts on Madison Street in Riverside, California and extends into the world around us as God leads, we enter into Quest for Community or Quest for short.Quest will meet on the third Saturday evening of each month and we will fit into the time slot previously occupied by Documentary Dinners. We will follow roughly the same format and our gatherings will be framed by:

  • A shared meal from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Presentation of community topic from 7:00-7:45pm
  • Conversation around that topic of community from 7:45-8:30pm
  • A time of directed Contemplation to let God speak to us from 8:30-to 9:00pm

Our topics all try to explore and describe how we find and build community as we house ourselves and others in ways that both express and collaborate with the Kingdom of God.
 

More Info on Quest:

In many ways, the story of Madison Street Church has been an on-going search for how we live as the Body of Christ in this place and time.  It’s been a quest for meaningful ways to follow Jesus, not just as individual disciples, but as the people of God, gathered in Riverside.  Many of us have been on this journey of living with Christ, together, since the before the founding of the Sierra Street Household in early 1980’s.  But certainly from the planting of the Riverside Brethren in Christ Church (now Madison Street Church) in 1984 through the present there have been many expressions of shared life along the whole spectrum of community living.

So, as a people with this particular background and as the Body of Christ that starts on Madison Street in Riverside, California and extends into the world around us, as God leads, we enter into Quest for Community or Quest for short.
Quest will meet on the third Saturday evening of each month and we will fit into the time slot previously occupied by Documentary Dinners.