Elburn church welcomes new visitors
Living Word of God Church
The Revs. David and Jessica Jones
526 N. Main St., Elburn
Sunday worship at 11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Study at 7:30 p.m.
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Revs. David and Jessica Jones opened the doors of their Living Word of God Church in February of 2011, at 526 N. Main St., on the Great Lakes Leadership campus in Elburn. Both ministers trained through the Living Word of God Church headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn. David is following in the footsteps of his father, who is the pastor of a Living Word Church in Wilmington, Ill.
“It’s something I always wanted to do,” David said. “I felt the call of God to go into ministry.”
Jessica said that the service is an informal meeting. David said that he rarely wears a tie, and wants others to dress comfortably, as well, so they can feel at ease during worship.
The service, which starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, is a contemporary service with a mixture of songs, a sermon and readings from the Bible, as well as prayers for people’s needs and concerns. People are free to stand, sit, raise their hands or kneel, however the spirit moves them.
In addition to the Sunday service, the church also offers a Tuesday night Bible study, in which David and Jessica teach about the Bible, the history of God’s word, and help people make the connection for how what the Bible says is relevant to their lives today.
“It’s also a chance to see how their week is going and to take prayer requests,” David said.
One of their goals for the church is to help people discover what their gifts are to help them grow in them and find ways to use them for God’s work.
According to Jessica, evangelism is also a tenet of the church, in which she and David teach others how to share the word of God within their own circles, whether it is at work or school or some other sphere of influence.
The couple, who live in Aurora, both grew up in Illinois and met each other on a Christian dating site. They have been married just over two years.
Currently and small congregation, they are looking to grow its membership. They attend functions within the community and try to meet with business people on a one-on-one basis to introduce themselves and their church.
They would like people to feel free to come to a service and check it out with no requirements.
Their message is as the Living Word of God Church states on its website, “Come as you are; you’ll be loved.”