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New church equips community members with life tools
Members of Equip Church hold children’s Bible study in the front lawn of the Orange Street church. - photo by Photo Contributed
When looking for a name for their new church, Pastor Greg Hazenberg and his faith community decided that a literal explanation of what members would find in the house of worship would be best. And thus was born the Equip Church.
“If we spend more time equipping people, there might be less problems,” said Hazenberg. “It is a preventative medicine.”
The congregation’s aim is to turn the meaning of their church’s name into actions to better their church members.
“Equip is a word that describes our DNA really well,” Hazenberg said.
The definition of equip is to provide with tools or necessities. Hazenberg said his church wants to provide life tools and recreational skills to those that attend the church services.
“We want to engage in people’s lives,” he said. “We want to give them a balance of support and a challenge.”
The church focuses on providing the tools it takes to have a healthy family and to become a good servant in the community and at work, Hazenberg said.
“In every aspect of life, you need training in,” he said.
The contemporary Bible teaching church has been conducting Sunday services since Aug. 2, 2009, and has about 50 members.
Currently, they are focusing on becoming a healthy church that provides a variety of opportunities for more people to join in on the word of God.
Equip Church offers Sunday service and a children’s ministry through a family focus, Hazenberg said. There are a variety of age groups that currently attend the church from a new born baby to members in their 80s.
In April, the church is planning a Vocational Bible School for three days with the help of about 30 Turlock Christian students.
The Bible school will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9 and will celebrate the theme of heroes Hazenberg said. They will pick three women and three men heroes from the Bible to focus on during the Bible school.
During the three days there will be crafts, games, a snack, time of teaching and singing, he said. Any age is welcome to join, but the church is hoping for the focus to be on ages four through 14. The Bible school is free of charge and registration will begin at noon on April 7 at Equip Church, 275 N. Orange St., Turlock.
If interested in attending Sunday services at Equip Church or participating in the Vocational Bible School, contact the church at 485-9165 or stop by for the Sunday service from 9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.