"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
At the worship meeting, you will notice a table in the center with a loaf of bread and a cup of wine on it. These symbols are graphic emblems rich in meaning: the bread reminds us of a body of the Lord Jesus and the cup of His precious blood. Taken together they remind us of the vicarious death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Following His command given at the upper room shortly before His death at Calvary, we are remembering Him (1st Corinthians 11:24) in worship and communion by breaking the bread and drink the cup.
The cup reminds us of the communion of the blood of Christ and the bread of the communion of the body of Christ. Scripture tells us that forgiveness of sin is through His blood and that forgiven sinners become members of body of Christ. We have been “called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1st Corinthians 1:9). In keeping with the New Testament pattern, brethren, guided simply by the Spirit of God lead in worship until the bread and cup are distributed to those in the local fellowship. Hymns also are given out during the service by various brethren, as guided by the Holy Spirit.
For convenience, there will be an offering taken for the Lord’s work following the bread and wine. However visitors will not be solicited, nor will we take an offering from any person not in assembly fellowship. At the closing of worship, a devotional will be held in which a brother will read and comment upon a portion of the Bible.
While all are cordially invited to observe the worship meeting, as the scripture teaches, sharing in the bread and cup is only for those who are in fellowship of the assembly or visiting from a similar local fellowship with a letter of commendation (Romans 16:1,2; Acts 18:27). This is not an effort to discriminate nor to judge the salvation of visitors, but protects both the assembly and the visitor. This gives the visitor the opportunity to observe, and learn, the directions for the worship meeting, as given by God’s Word.
Each Lord’s Day, a message from the Word of God is delivered to provide for the spiritual needs of the believers. Our conviction is that a good quality of life starts with having a proper relationship with God, through knowing His Son, Jesus Christ, as revealed in His Word, the Bible. The ministry of the Word gives spiritual food to believers through edification, encouragement, and exhortation.
All are welcome to hear the simple and plain preaching of the Gospel. Service runs for one hour, and there are no collections at this nor any other service. The biblical definition of “Gospel” is clearly stated as: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). This meeting starts by opening in prayer and then singing a hymn. Normally there are two speakers who will each deliver a 30 minutes message. The grace, mercy, and love of God, and the great blessing of knowing sins forgiven and having eternal life will be presented. The Bible is clear that there is only one means of salvation, and that is through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
We welcome all children, of all ages to our Sunday School. Before Sunday School begins, the adults and children sing together. Afterwards the children attend classes with other children in their age group (toddlers/preschool, preteenagers, and teenagers/young adults). Every second Lord’s Day, a message is delivered to all the Sunday school children and adults.
The Bible Reading is where the Scriptures are systematically opened, outlined, and discussed. We have two Bible Readings each week. Lord’s Day afternoon, we study a book in the New Testament and on Wednesday evenings we study a book in the Old Testament. We study the Bible for doctrinal instruction, practical encouragement, and to deepen our interest in God’s Word.
One Saturday every month, the young people gather together to study the Bible. Youths living in these perilous times need concrete teaching concerning faith, spiritual wisdom, discernment, and discipline from the Word of God. The meeting is held to provide spiritual strength, vision, and encouragement during the three sessions of Bible study and fellowship. Lunch is also provided to all who attend.
One Saturday each month, we hold a meeting to let children hear of God’s love through the preaching of the Gospel, and to study God’s Word. We also strive to have the children learn and memorize Bible verses that are delivered during the message that is preached. Lunch is also provided to all who attend, and in the afternoon, a Bible quiz is held to stimulate and reinforce what they have already learned.
A four Day ministry series following a theme is conducted in July (from the Thursday of the third week of July till the following Lord’s Day) annually at Flushing Gospel Hall. Immediately after this ministry series, a four day and three night retreat (Monday to Thursday of the 4th week of July) is held at an out of state retreat. (The location varies each year and is announced on our bulletin board). During the conference a ministry series is held following the same theme as the ministry series.
Our Summer VBS is held during the Summer Retreat (Monday to Thursday of the 4th week of July). There is no fee for room and board, meals, and activities. During VBS, the Gospel is preached so that all the children might know the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of Salvation. Bible lessons are also taught. Other activities include singing, praying, memorizing Bible verses, and spending time playing sports and participating in other activities. On the final night all the adults and children spend time together around a camp fire.
Every year in December we have a series of ministry meetings which is held every evening from Christmas Day till December 31st, with the exception of Lord’s Day. Dinner is served from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and the meeting starts at 7:45 PM. All are welcome.
On the last Lord’s Day the year, we gather to remember give thanks for the grace and blessings that the Lord has shown to us the past year. All the believers in fellowship as well as the Sunday School children gather together at Flushing Gospel Hall at 3:00 PM. We reflect over all the events that have happened in the past year and the Sunday School children present all the things that they have learned. Awards are then given to the Sunday School children for their accomplishments, and we end the evening with dinner together.