MINISTRIES

 

MINISTRIES

 

Sunday Worship

At Impact, we strive to be a safe place where all people can connect with God.  One of the most powerful ways to connect with God is through worship. Worship is simply “celebrating who God is and what He is doing!”   On Sundays, we gather together at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. to worship together.  
 
Our goal is to keep the worship service itself to right around an hour.  In the service you will enjoy contemporary worship music, you will hear relevant Biblical teaching, and you will have an opportunity to take part in Communion and Offering.  At Impact, we celebrate communion weekly as we remember Jesus Christ and his sacrifice.  We also see offering as a way to worship God, to give back to what He is doing in the community and in the kingdom; but we remind our church family that offering is “not about the money” it’s about your heart and your willingness to give back to God through not just money, but also your time and talents as well! 
 
If you are interested in being a part of the worship service on Sundays contact Bob or Lorraine Szoke. 
 

Small Groups

We firmly believe that “big things happen in small groups.”  Our small groups meet at a variety of locations and are composed of a unique blend of people who are choosing to walk through life with one another.  Although weekly worship is a key part of our lives as Christ-followers, it is in small groups that you are able to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships while you learn about one another, pray for each other, and study God’s Word together. 
 
Small groups generally run through the school year kicking off in September and wrapping up for the summer around May.  Small groups meet every other week and last a little longer than an hour.  If you would like more information about the specific groups available as well as dates and times, feel free to talk to Bob, Tim, or Ruth.  

Youth Ministry

In a world that is constantly changing and proposing new challenges we strive to provide an environment for our youth that is fun and inviting as well as  relevant and life-changing.  Our main programming for our youth is on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. where we gather to eat, hang-out, have fun, and learn together.  Our goal is to empower our youth with the knowledge and understanding necessary to be disciples, make disciples, and provide positive God-honoring change in our world.  
We provide opportunities for our students to get together with other students their own age through the Camp LRCA where we participate in Ignite, Winter Camp, and Summer Camp.  Students will also have the opportunity to serve others through our We Serve projects done every fifth Sunday after church.  
 
On Sundays we encourage our high school students to worship with their families.  There is a class available for students in 5th-8th grade during the 11:00 service at the completion of communion/offering time.  
 
For information about our youth ministry including how to volunteer, contact Ruth. 

Children’s ministry

At Impact we recognize the importance of providing a safe place for children to connect with God.  It’s not only important to the spiritual growth of each child, but it is also important to each parent as they entrust their children to our trained volunteers on a weekly basis.  We do our best to provide that safe place for each child by having a process our volunteers go through which includes an application, background check, and training.
 
 
For our children, on Sundays, we have volunteers in our nursery during both worship services to care for all children from birth through age 3.  Once your child is potty trained AND 3 years old, we encourage them to join our Pre-K class.   At the 11:00 service, we have Sunday school classes for children starting with Pre-K and ending at 4th grade.  
On Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. we also  have youth group for students in grades 1-5. 
 
Our goal is to teach our children biblical truth that is age-appropriate and relevant and help them determine how to use what they are teaching in their daily lives. 
 
For more information about our Children’s Ministry including how to volunteer, contact Ruth. 

Fire Pro wrestling

At Impact, we have an exciting and unique ministry every month…….in the ring!  The Fire Pro Wrestlers meet at Impact throughout the week to practice and train to get ready for their show.  Usually the third Saturday of each month, Impact hosts the wrestlers as they provide entertainment and fun for the whole family!  
Door open at 6 p.m., bell time is 6:30 and children 12 and under get to watch FREE when attending with a ticket purchasing adult!  
 
For more information about Fire Pro, contact Chris Sheets or Bob Szoke. 

Community Events

Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations and in that same statement He told us to begin with our own community.  Impact’s desire is to BE the hands and feet of Jesus in Merrillville and Northwest Indiana.
On a daily basis we are working to meet the numerous physical needs of people in our community in order that we may have a chance to share with them about spiritual things.  
We have been blessed to be the host site for the Merrillville Community School Corporation’s summer feeding program two years in a row now, providing breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger.  
We also have supervised open hoop times daily during the summer and occasionally during the school year so the youth in the area will have a safe place to come and play basketball and simply connect with others who love Jesus. 
One of our favorite events each year is our Back to School Block Party where we give away school supplies, back packs, clothing, and food while connecting with the people in the community where we have been planted!  
 
For more information about ways to get involved in serving the community contact Bob, Tim, or Ruth.