“Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Teach them to observe all things that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20

We believe that we have been called to use the gifts God has given us to reach unbelievers for Him and to encourage, and build up His Church.

Church Basement

Under the quaint, whitewashed New England church sanctuary, there's the ever present staple of Yankee church life:

the church basement. 

Site of Sunday school classes taught by generations of grey-haired grandmothers and saintly spinster aunts;

VBS craft lessons when the kids needed a break from running relay races in the New England July heat,

Christmas parties, 

Baby showers, 

Halloween parties (or Halloween alternatives or harvest parties, depending on the pastor that particular October)

And plenty of bland potato salad and ham sandwiches after every funeral held upstairs in the last century.

This cellar has been the home of countless food pantries,

youth group lock-ins (when nobody sleeps, teenaged boys practice their flirting on giggly girls, and occaisionally they learned something about Jesus),

cobwebs, dust bunnies, 

and potluck lunches.

There's been those brief attempts at trying something different, with varying degrees of success and impact:

 local AA meetings,

a puppet ministry for the kids,

English classes for the few immigrants who were brave enough to move to a small New England town,

and union meetings (when the pastor at the time was a Democrat.)

This ever dusty, ever chilly space supported by lolli-columns has had an ongoing need of fresh paint since the 70's, and the toilet in the bathroom runs nonstop unless you jiggle the handle five times when you flush.

  But there have been few more important contributors to church life in this little corner of creation than the New England church basement.




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A Few Testimonies

The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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