You are welcome here at Ivy Farms Church of the Brethren.
Ivy Farms Church of the Brethren welcomes you whether you are new to the faith or a life long Christian. We invite you to visit us and see what Ivy Farms is all about.
Please spend some time here in the welcome area for a brief introduction to who we are. We invite you to join us as we continue the work of Jesus, Peacefully. Simply. Together.
People Who Care:
Our Church first opened its doors in 1966. We are a community of faith, who know their church as more than an institution or building. We know it as family and friends who take seriously living and sharing our faith with our neighbors and others. "Brethren" is in fact a New testament word that describes the kinship and warmth of Jesus' early followers. People have experienced that warmth and kinship in our congregation. One member of a Brethren congregation called it "a strong sense of a loving, caring community".
A People Of Faith Who Reach Out To Others:
People in the Church of the Brethren, like Christians around the world, believe in a loving, faithful God. Brethren believe that Jesus died and was raised so that we can know salvation and life, that the Holy Spirit guides and gives power, that the Bible is trustworthy and that the church helps us live as Christ desires until his return. The Church of the Brethren encourages a growing seeking faith and has therefore steered away from rigid creedal statements.
Brethren also emphasize the voluntary nature of following Christ and reserve baptism for those old enough to choose (but will usually accept the baptism of other Christian bodies). Brethren perform anointing for healing, a service of confession and prayer following James 5:14. Brethren also relive Jesus' last supper with his disciples as described in John 13 in a special way during a once or twice-yearly evening service. This re-enactment is of the supper at which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, shared a meal, and gave bread and cup of communion.
The Church of the Brethren takes seriously Jesus's command to love our neighbor, even the enemy. Compassion for all people everywhere fuels the church's programs among international refugees, and aid to natural disasters and poverty.
A People With An Invitation:
We invite you to get to know the people called Brethren. We at Ivy Farms want to share our faith and make a place in our community of believers for you. Will you join us this Sunday for worship?
Another way of living
In the New Testament, the word "brethren" describes a community of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of Jesus. The Church of the Brethren, begun three centuries ago in Germany, still draws people who want to continue Jesus' work of faithfulness and loving service.
Continuing the work of Jesus
Though the Brethren as a group have existed for three hundred years, we subscribe to no formal "creed" or set of rules. We simply try to do what Jesus did. Jesus brought a message of life, love, and hope. But he offered much more than inspiring words: He understood that people's spiritual needs also include day-to-day human ones — food, health, rest, comfort, friendship, and unconditional acceptance. "I am the way," he told his followers. He showed them how to trust, how to care, and how to help. Steadily, lovingly, even radically, Jesus went about saving the world — by serving its people. Because we believe his message, we seek to do the same.
Whether the conflict involves warring nations, racial discord, theological disputes, personal disagreement, or mere misunderstanding, Brethren listen conscientiously, seek guidance in the scriptures, and work toward reconciliation. We practice peaceful living. Our longstanding commitment to peace and justice includes a deep regard for human life and dignity. Brethren reach locally and worldwide to help repair the ravages of poverty, exploitation, and catastrophic events. Along with our faith, we bring food, books, classes, tools, and medicine. Living peacefully, to the Brethren, means treating each person with the attentive, compassionate respect that all human beings deserve.
Years ago, all Brethren were immediately recognizable because of their plain dress and reserved ways. Today's Brethren live very much in the world, work in a broad range of occupations, and make use of the latest technology. Continually, though, we try to simplify our lives. Practicing a modest nonconformity, we think carefully about our daily choices. The ideal of simplicity guides our decisions: How will we conduct our business, raise our children, spend our leisure time, tend our natural resources? How will we use our money, and why? How can we live comfortably, but without excess or ostentation? For the Brethren, such considerations are not a requirement, but a privilege. As we seek to live intentionally, responsibly, and simply, we find a deep sense of purpose. And we find joy.
Whether worshiping, serving, learning, or celebrating, Brethren act in community. Together, we study the Bible to discern God's will; we make decisions as a group, and each person's voice matters. During our traditional love feast, we gather at the table of the Lord, and each summer at Annual Conference we convene as a denominational family. Because Jesus urged unity, Brethren work alongside other denominations, at home and abroad, in worldwide mission and outreach. Our congregations welcome all who wish to share with us in another way of living: the way of Christian discipleship, life in community, fulfillment in service. We live out our faith in community. That community begins in the congregation but extends also to the district, and to the church as a whole. In other words, the life and work of the Church of the Brethren begins within hundreds of congregations but reaches around the world.
Church of the Brethren Website
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Ivy Farms Church of the Brethren is a church who worships Jesus Christ. We are a small congregation who serves,learns about and celebrates the love of Jesus Christ. We welcome persons of the following Hampton Roads / Tidewater cities of Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach,Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Smithfield, and Isle of Wight and the Virginia Peninsula cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County - Yorktown, Williamsburg,James City County, and any out of town visitors who want to worship with us.