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New Church Hopes to Surprise Community

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Communities across the state have seen rapid growth over the last few years. And with that growth comes change. There's a new church in Bismarck. And it just might surprise you.

Kayla Holzer says Surprise Church offers a welcoming environment for anyone, even those who don't feel comfortable in a church.

"It's not about fitting a specific image. It's about finding a place that you can connect and a place that you can belong, and where you can feel welcomed and a part of something bigger than yourself," says launch team member Kayla Holzer.

The church's name comes from the story of the prodigal son. The bible says a rebellious child returned home to his father expecting a job. But he was surprised when his father threw him a party to welcome him home.

"We feel that that's not just a charter for individual Christians, it's a charter for the church. We as a church are called to live out that image in real time. How do we throw surprise parties for lost sons and daughters? How do we create unexpected and unforgettable environments for people when they come home? And that's really who we want to be as a church," says Surprise Church Pastor Matt Anderson.

In addition to contemporary services and after-service meals, Surprise Church promotes servant leadership and giving back to the community.

"We're going to make a difference in this community. So, what a great opportunity and it's fun to be a part of something like that," says launch team member Janel Schmitz. 

The church's grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Surprise Church invites people to join them at Shiloh Christian School on Tuesday for the first of three preview services. Church begins at 6:30 p.m. A free meal will be provided after the service.

 

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