Stories

"Stories" highlights how God has brought restoration through our church and the lives of people in our church. Do you have a story to share? We’d love to know about it! Send your story to Godstories@restorationrva.org

STORIES

A Working in Valdosta

In June 2017, a group of high school students and adult mentors traveled to Valdosta, Georgia, to participate in a week-long Group Mission work camp. Participants from Restoration worked with youth and adults from other churches across the country in rehabilitating some homes in the area.

 

Upon their return, Restoration Discipleship Director, Bill Moore, invited Emma Williams and Jesse Atkinson to share about their experience in Valdosta. See our Ministries tab (Youth and Missions) for upcoming opportunities in which to serve.

 

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Coming Around the Table

Restoration Church Pastor, Jon Gibson, invited members Robb and Belinda Hensley to share about their experiences hosting meals for people in their community. The Hensleys are part of a group at Restoration spearheading "Dinners for 10"--a series of informal community dinners.

(See https://www.dinnersfor10.com/ for details.)

Called to Serve

Sunday, April 2nd, marks an incredible occasion in my journey of faith. It's hard for me or anyone who knows me to consider that I would be where I am today. God has certainly made it clear to me how he wants me to serve, in love, to honor Him. Sunday, April 2nd, I will serve communion for the first time in my whole life! The enormity of this honor and responsibility has been foremost in my mind and my heart. My excitement is palpable, and I'm sure my emotions will be overwhelmed, to say the least. Who would have thought that, based on my past, I would be in this position? God thought, that's who. God knew way before I did that this is where I would end up. This is the way I would serve Him through my church and my church family. The feelings that go along with this occasion are those of incredible gratitude and awe. To think that I opened a Bible for the first time at age 46, was baptized at 48, and now I am privileged to serve communion. I am grateful and blessed to call Restoration Church my home. The friends I have made here are the ones who have helped me to see His love and I can't think of a more wonderful way to say thank you.

 

Photo caption: Restoration Deacon Lesley Meisoll

Worshiping is Every Day

 

Restoration member Mildred Rigsby joined her family church's choir when she was 17. Now 93, Mildred continues to have a huge love for music. "I don't care what it is," she says. "It's beautiful!" Hear more in her story about what worship is and her daily approach to praising God.

 

Growing Their Hearts to Serve

 

Last winter, the Boston family felt the call to serve the homeless. Their service turned into a year-long family mission to continue to reach out to the homeless, poor and elderly. In this video, Beth and Ben Boston share how their family's Valentine's Day project turned into a community effort blessing some 350 people in Richmond.

A thank-you from Costa Rica

On August 6, 2017, Restoration Church featured a special "Missions Sunday" service, during which several representatives from the domestic and foreign missions the church supports spoke and shared testimony of God's work through their mission.

 

A large team of missionaries from The Church of the Divine Savior Calle Blanco, in San Jose, Costa Rica, had spent a week with Restoration Mission Team members and other American friends. The team also shared, through story and song, in the worship service, and gave this thank-you video to Restoration, with other gifts, in gratitude to God for the 15-some years of support and friendship.

 

Click here to see our Missions page

How Can You Know God Personally?

At the time of this recording, Kathryn Super was a high school sophomore and a recent participant in Restoration's "Discover: Restoration" class, which invites people to learn more about the church's mission, beliefs and ministries. (See the "I'm New" section of our website.)

 

After sharing her story in that class, Kathryn was invited to re-tell that story during a Sunday morning workship service in the time Restoration participated in the "Explore God" community series. This video features the audio presentation of that message.

Jon and Melody Snelson and family have "adopted" campers of Camp Hope for 10 years. Last Christmas, instead of giving gifts to each other, they sponsored campers for Camp Hope Costa Rica. Why? As Melody shared, "There are children who don't have the opportunity to know the love of God, to feel the love of God...."

 

Learn more about how you can come alongside the campers and missionaries of Camp Hope through sponsorship and prayer. More about our mission partner, Hope for Families-Worldwide, can be found through this link: http://www.restorationrva.org/missions.html

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God Answers a Prayer Through a GIFT

A story from the Stephens family

 

​T​he GIFT (God Inspires Friendships Together) program has been a true blessing and an answer to prayer for our family! Before this program, Rachel liked coming to church with us, but keeping her quiet and entertained took our attention away from worship. Even with the help of a very faithful teenager who sat with us every Sunday to help, Rachel would still act out and usually loudly voice "all done" part way through the service. While we were grateful to be worshiping together as a family, we always felt like we were distracting those around us.

 

Our situation got so bad that we thought we were going to have to leave our beloved church because Rachel really needed access to a special needs ministry to better meet her needs. The thought of having to leave our church family was devastating. We reached out to ​​​[Pastor] ​Jeff ​[Lee] ​and ​[Children's Director] ​Denise​ [Wicklein]​, sharing our concerns and our heart. What we didn't know was God was already at work in this area!!​ ​We were told to hold on, something was in the works for a special needs ministry.

 

Fast forward to now​....​ The GIFT is where Rachel looks forward to going every Sunday! She gets to hang out with her peers and some awesome volunteers​. They come into worship for the music then go back to their class to learn about God in a way that is relevant to them. We are ALL now able to truly worship! The GIFT is an answer to prayer, and we are so very grateful for this special ministry of Restoration Church!

 

Photo caption: Melanie, Rachel and Greg Stephens

 

Click on this link for more information about The GIFT, http://www.restorationrva.org/children.html

Worship with a Side of Fries--Restoration Worship Assistant, Emily Payne, found herself at a "natural intersection" with Tonya Pulliam, a choir director from The Light Community Church in Richmond, at a local fast food restaurant. This is the story of how the two met, became friends and are determined to "make mor musik" together.

Sew Good--Restoration Deacon Lynn Mesco took on a mission to sew pillowcases for children at Richmond's Children's Hospital. She shared her story, and its "threads" touched even more people.

VISION PILLAR
Cultivates authentic and Biblical relationships where God restores His image in His people.

Jesse Atkinson and Amy Foley have coordinated more mission trips to various places around the world than they have fingers on their hands. Haiti. Costa Rica. Latvia. Brazil. They can share hours of experiences, and they can also debunk a few myths about being a missionary.

 

Catch a glimpse into what it really means to be "sent out" by God into the world. If you are interested in learning more, click here for our Missions page.

Remembering our beginnings--On October 5, 2014, Restoration Church became an official "local church" within our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). This video was made to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of this Restoration milestone.

VISION PILLAR
Relentlessly makes disciples who make disciples.

Matt and Cristin Beach may have grown up with different experiences as teenagers attending church, but now, both are committed to youth small group leadership at Restoration.

 

The Beaches have served as leaders during Restoration's "Disciple Now (DNow)" youth retreats as well as in the church's youth small groups, meeting at various times and restaurants around the greater Mechanicsville area.

VISION PILLAR
Is grounded in God's Word and driven to obedient action by it.
VISION PILLAR
Provide relational environments where people can connect and form deeper relationships in Christ.

Jon and Kim Adam firmly believe in the concept of small groups for meeting new people, growing in their understanding of God and having others with whom to share the journey of walking in faith. The Adams have participated in or led small groups for some 20 years.

 

In this video, Jon and Kim talk about a Restoration-wide Lenten study that was offered in Spring of 2016. For information about Restoration's small groups, click here

Aaron Schkeeper has served behind-the-scenes as part of Restoration's Worship Team. As a Tech Team member, he runs the soundboard for the church's worship services, as well as plays an integral role in determining and selecting equipment for the Worship Team's needs, both during the services and in its missional work in the community.

 

"As a whole, all of these pieces together make worship. So, without any one of us, none of it comes together very well at all," he says.

VISION PILLAR
Fully surrenders to the work and movement of the Holy Spirit.

 

Restoration member Melody Snelson didn't think she would enjoy volunteering in the nursery as much as she does. She shares how a short time in the nursery can have a big impact on the life of a child.

 

To learn more about serving in the nursery at Restoration or to sign up to help, please click the following link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044bafa623a31-23

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

We believe in the God of restoration – a gracious God who loves us and calls us to share His life-restoring love and grace with others. With love, we embrace life together as we multiply deeper relationships in Christ.

 

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