Thursday, March 31, 2011

Show us your life...Tell us about your church

I have been trying to come up with a way to write a post about our church and what a big part of our lives it is becoming but I just couldn't think of a way to bring it up without it seeming totally off the wall.  As I checked Twitter tonight (yes, I am totally addicted) I saw where Kelly's Korner is doing her Show Us Your Life Series and this week it is "Tell us about your church".  Perfect here goes nothing!  Oh, and of course there will be a few pictures of Miss E thrown in for good measure!

For half of my life I was a Presbyterian.  I was Baptized in the Presbyterian church and was very involved in choir and all youth activities.  That church was very small, and it got to the point where my brother and I were the only kids there our age.  My parents were also extremely active in the church and all of their friends and our friends were church friends.  I loved that and still do.

Fast forward to my middle school days.  We had recently moved to Bartlett and I started a new school.  My parents made the difficult decision to leave the church we had attended for years to find a new, bigger church.  They did it for us and never looked back.  I can honestly say that was the best decision ever.  It was hard for me to walk in to such a large youth group all alone knowing no one, but I am SO glad I did.  Church became my life, my best friends were there, and it was always so much fun.  I learned a lot, grew a lot, and to this day I can still say that some of my best friends are from that church youth group.  I love that those are the friends that I don't see as often because I live out of town but can talk to and we can pick up right where we left off.  To me, those are true genuine friends.  Some of my most treasured memories are of youth trips and time spent with those people.

After Don and I got married, we both agreed that we needed to find a church home.  We visited all different denominations and various sized churches but never really found "the one".  A few months later when I found out I was expecting, we put that search into overdrive.  I knew right away that I wanted my children to have the same wonderful experiences that I did growing up in church.  I want them to be raised in a Godly home where that would be the focus of our lives and that they will learn to love Him and love church like Don and I both did growing up.  I want that SO badly for them.  I know without my church and my youth friends, I would not be the person I am today.  I can only hope for the same for my own.

One Sunday, we visited Englewood Baptist Church, and were immediately hooked.  It is full of young, married couples, many with young children.  Our Pastor is young himself , (36-37) with 4 young children and I honestly cannot say enough about him.  Our Worship Leader is Travis may have heard of him, he's kinda famous!  He opens up for Beth Moore's Living Proof Tour and is AMAZING.  Everyone there is so loving and welcoming and we never feel pressured, guilty or ashamed.  Every week I leave there wanting more and I love that feeling.  We are slowly getting involved in different areas, with Sunday School being our next step.  This is a scary one we haven't yet conquered but I know we need to do it.  We plan on starting Wednesday night activities soon and this is also where Ellie attends MDO.  Have I mentioned I love this church?  Because I do.  And don't forget I grew up Presbyterian/Methodist.  I never in a million years would have dreamed I would end up being Baptist, but I am so glad I am!

Around the end of January, Don and I stood in front of the entire 11:00 service and joined Englewood Baptist Church.  It was one of the proudest days of our married life (besides our wedding and Ellie's birth!).  Englewood is big.  In fact, it is HUGE.  But it doesn't feel like it to me.  Yes, it's crowded and parking is crazy but it is truly a wonderful place.


  1. Emily
    I loved reading about Englewood. I hav always wanted to visit there some Sunday. We are in Adamsville!!

  2. Emily, that is so nice and refreshing to hear. Isn't that a great feeling? That's how I feel about my church. I leave there and can't wait to go back. I would like to do a post on the same subject. Thanks for the inspiration. Love reading about you and your sweet family!

  3. I grew up in Memphis, but I went to Union for college. I spent my time going to Englewood Baptist Church for four years! I loved it, and I'm hearing amazing things about it nowadays. I saw the name on Kelly's Korner and wondered if it was the same Englewood. Yup! Glad you are enjoying it. Great church, wonderful people!

    Leah (AKA Mrs. Confident)

  4. Oh how I miss our youth group days..such great memories =) So glad y'all found somewhere you love! We are starting that process soon!

  5. I think it's wonderful that God send you to a church that was a great fit for your family! It sounds wonderful!

  6. so glad to find out you love englewood! followed the link from kelly's korner. we just moved to oregon a few months ago, after living in jackson for 10 years and being members of Englewood throughout that time. leaving our Englewood home was definitely one of the most difficult parts of the move. hope you continue to be as blessed as we were!

  7. Emily, I love your new blog format! Finding a church home is truly a blessing! You know that is where all of my BFFs came from, DeDe being one of those!! I actually am attending a Baptist Church right now and love it. I didn't know it was Baptist because the name doesn't have Baptist in it. It is Colonial Hills Church in Southaven. Contemporary worship with WONDERFUL praise music. Love,love it! Haven't joined yet--still a member at Christ Methodist. Keep those cute picture of Ellie coming. I love every one of them--especially the ones of her in ORANGE!