By Dr. G (Dr. Luis S González)
04/05/2022 at 16:19
When we talk about community programs, it’s hard to beat the scope and variety of classes offered at Centerpoint Church on Wednesday nights. Located at the corner of F Street and Seventh Street, this downtown church, under the direction of Jesus Christ and Pastor Dane Aaker, offers a variety of Wednesday evening classes for youth and adults who are well planned, interesting and engaging.
During a visit to the church site last Wednesday evening, Dr. G was amazed not only by the attendance, but also by the range of courses offered. Being a church veteran himself, Dr. G immediately noticed the great spirit among the attendees. “It all starts with worship,” according to Trevor Hough, who leads the worship team at 6:00 p.m. in a brief session of songs of praise and worship so everyone can come together. After this large group opening, the approximately 250-person attendees leave the auditorium to attend one of the many discussion groups offered, divided by age and level of interest.
The main course is called “Thru the Bible” and offers an in-depth study of all 66 books of the Bible, covering one book each week. Additional classes offered on Wednesday evenings include Prayer and Healing, Book of Daniel, Couples Coffee Fellowship, Building Spiritual Resilience, Celebrating Recovery, Young Adult Ministries, Bere Women, and Group in Spanish.
Chaplain Dan Arjona, who leads the security team, estimates the number of attendees to be around 250 people each Wednesday evening. “The programs are working well,” says Chaplain Dan, who continued, “The growth of these programs is one of the strengths of Centerpoint Church.”
As part of his visit, Chaplain Dan guided Dr. G to see the Young Adult Ministries class being held in the Church Annex, Building B. This group was well attended with approximately 30 young adults and set up in a “social scene” layout that certainly lends itself to small group discussions. It should also be noted that the Celebrate Recovery course has been a powerful support tool for individuals, members and visitors, who have struggled with addiction, divorce or loss. This group has grown to around 40 participants and as a result is held across the street at the Colton Woman’s Club. This location allows participants some privacy, but also allows the large group to come together for open discussion and meaningful presentations.
Founded in 1887, Centerpoint Church has a long history of community ministry, and their comprehensive range of course offerings for all ages has become a prominent feature of their Christian education program. “The church has been blessed and people have responded,” says Chris Nunez, one of the youth ministry leaders. As a pillar of the community, Centerpoint Church has continued for many years to serve the spiritual needs of its members and visitors. The Church teaches the gospel, is filled with the Spirit, and serves the community.
The town of Colton is fortunate to have a church that is so engaged with the community, and the growth and participation really shows that they are “sharing the good news” in a way that brings people together for praise and collective worship. “Thank you Jesus!” says Dr. G, who continued: “This church has been a blessing in the community.”
The address is 170 West F Street, and Wednesday evening classes begin at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday mornings, classes for all are also, in addition to their usual Sunday services, at 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
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