By ANITA TODD | Contributing Writer
DAVENPORT – Friendly people, practical sermons and modern worship music — along with some classic hymns — are in store for visitors at the new Living Hope Church.
A planted church by Cornerstone Church, also in Davenport, Living Hope held services for the second Sunday last week.
For now, the growing group of more than 60 is meeting at the Horizon’s Elementary School Cafeteria. Tim Forgette is the new pastor and he’d like to invite everyone to be their guests.
“Now is a great time to visit because we are all new,” he said.
Since the congregation is meeting in the school cafeteria, each service the seating, equipment and supplies must be brought in and set up. Forgette says the work of creating a place to worship helps get people involved.
“We had an excellent launch service,” Forgette said. “I received an email the next day from a first-time visitor who said, ‘I loved being at your very first service yesterday. The excitement of your team was just oozing out of them. What an exciting place to be.’”
Forgette said he and his wife, Rachel, met at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and have been pastoring at a small church on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
“My family and I would frequently drive over here to visit the theme parks. As we became more familiar with the area, we saw many houses going up, but very few churches,” he said. “We believe that Jesus is the hope of the world and that mission is carried out through the local church.”
Forgette said that their belief system aligns with the Baptist church but that all are welcome.
“You don’t have to be a Baptist or have any church background to feel welcome,” Forgette said. “Everyone is welcome to attend, and no one is ever called out or put on the spot during the service.”
Volunteers can help get families where they need to go upon arrival as well as where to find the free coffee and snacks.
“Attending any church for the first time can be intimidating,” Forgette said. “We want to make it as easy as possible and we have a great team of volunteers to help out.”
He and Rachel have four children: Lily, 11; Elijah, 9; Grace, 7; and Josiah, 6. The family enjoys traveling and traditions.
Services, including children’s services, are held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Horizon’s Elementary located at 1700 Forest Lake Drive.
For more information, visit the church’s Facebook page at facebook.com/thelivinghope.life or email the pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org. A website is still under construction.