Velocity Church Cancels Worship Service to Serve the Community

On Sunday, March 8th Velocity Christian Church will turn the sermon into action, and “be the church” by sending its members out into the community to carry out specific service projects.

Richmond, VA, March 07, 2009 --( While other churches will meet for normal services on Sunday, March 8, 2009, Velocity Christian Church will hold a Great Day of Service, venturing out into the streets of their community to tackle various service projects. More than 150 volunteers are expected to maintain grounds, clean buildings, make repairs, and visit with the elderly during this groundbreaking event.

At 10:30am on Sunday, March 8, 2009 the congregation will meet at the Velocity Church offices, located in the West End of Richmond at 3921 Deep Rock Road. From there they will celebrate communion, drop off their kids with childcare workers, and assignments will be given out directing individuals and teams to various projects. Planned projects will benefit the Northminster Free Market, Cedarfield Nursing home, Westpoint Nursing home, Embrace Richmond House, Pocohontas Middle School, Gayton Elementary School, Henrico County Dept. of Community Revitalization, Columbian Center, and Henrico County’s Deep Run Park-Spring Clean-Sweep.

Lead pastor of Velocity Christian Church, Tim Cole comments, “I am a proponent of the big “C” church. Church, in the real sense, is not about one group of Christians, it’s about God’s big church; it’s about serving others. It has always been a value of Velocity Church to serve our community in a big way, that’s what Great Day is about.”

One of the groups that Velocity will be helping this coming week is The Free Market of Northminster. This group reaches out to the people of Richmond’s Northside to show them God’s love by providing the small necessities of life. Cassie Matthew, who works in this vital ministry, says that Velocity’s offer to help is “a great example of what Christ calls us to do…to love others. You know that you have made it when you see beyond color, you see the person. Let’s just love people regardless of circumstance, regardless of what people will do with what they receive.” You can find out more about the ministry at, click on the Free Market pages or read Cassie’s blog at

Velocity Church plans to make Great Day of Service a regular part of Sunday worship three times per year. If anyone recognizes a specific need in the community that Great Day of Service might be able to meet later in the year, e-mail a detailed request to

Velocity Christian Church began almost 3 years ago asking two specific questions, “How can we Do church better” and How can we Be the church better?” Meeting in the Regal Cinemas Short Pump location they come together each Sunday for a cutting edge worship service. Velocity has gone from pews to theater seating, hymnals to projected words, random sermon topics to creatively packaged sermon series, and lone pianos to band-driven music. All of these modern adjustments were important for Velocity Church to implement, so they can meet people on their turf, rather than just inviting them to their church. More information about Velocity Christian Church is available at and regular services are held Sundays at 10am at the Regal Cinemas Short Pump location.

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