Christian Assembly Foursquare Church
Christian Assembly, or "CA" as it is also known, has been my home church for nearly 15 years. It is perhaps one of the most welcoming and most comfortable houses of worship I have ever been to.
I love the simplicity of the teaching here; that's not to say that it's watered down, but the bible is taught in a way that is engaging and applicable to my life circumstances, which have been many over the past 15 years!
The building is old - stuck in a 70s time warp of some sort - and when I first started attending, not too many people in the congregation looked like me, but strangely, after setting foot in the place all those years ago, I liked it enough to go back, again and again and again. Better still, after going to the kid's church service, my son who was five at the time, LOVED it. He's now nearly 20 and still goes to services on his own. Now that's saying something!
Have there been people who wounded me with "church think" and "church speak?" Sure. Have I run into people who insisted that everything I'd gone through in my life was my fault because I hadn't prayed, fasted or read the bible enough? Sure. Truth is, you'll find that anywhere if you look hard enough.
But in spite of all that, the heart of the teaching staff and worship team helped to clear all that junk out of the way, and both my son and I have grown in faith in this place - an authentic community of believers that has become our extended family.
I'm a slightly cynical journalist by training: I need proof - hard evidence and the like - to make sense of things, which is hard to do with something as intangible and personal as faith.
Still, when people ask me why I love CA, I say that the teaching here helps my head make sense of what I feel in my heart. And when it comes right down to it, I have a pretty hard head!
And BTW - the worship here is simply amazing! Even if you don't consider yourself a "church person, " stop by CA one Saturday night or Sunday morning. It may not be the place for you, but it will be a memorable, heart felt experience that you won't soon forget.