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On April 19th, in addition to child care (ages 0-5), we will begin offering kids programming during our Sunday night services for ages 6-11. This will be fun and interactive, with a values based focus worked into lots of play. This is a major undertaking and exciting new step for Collective. It not only means adding staff, and thereby extra-budgetary spending, but it means an added emphasis on the role of children in the Collective community, our services, and our shared life together.
For the third year, we descended upon the Cafe with the full force of a celebration worthy of the kind of life that defies death. Our pattern has become a DeLand tradition. Our brief service included a short reflection and words of hope, as well as gospel tunes from our musical guest. This year, our live music featured Uproot Hootenanny, a phenomenal, high-energy, blue-grass, Irish folk band. Our meal included Free-Wil BBQ, Trilogy Coffee, vegetarian options and more! A DeLand event and an Easter you never want to miss. Eat, drink and be merry!
We're so pleased with how this promo video turned out. The amazing Laura Landry pulled out all the stops to truly capture the feel and the posture of this community, and all in two minutes!
It had been quite some time since I last attended an Easter Sunday service. I missed out on Collective’s inaugural observation by a few months. Before that, I have, at best, hazy memories of hunting for Easter eggs with some fellow Sunday schoolers. I find this an especially odd gap, because as a kid, my grandparents took me to church almost every Sunday. My parents would make sure I got ready and my grandpa would arrive painfully early in his blue striped van. My grandma would always warmly greet me from her spot in the passenger’s seat. I’d crawl into one of the back seats and off we’d go to church. This was my status quo for longer than I can remember, but come Easter, it was always waking up to a candy filled basket. No memories of church services at all.
If you are like me, then, the concept of Good Friday as a “holiday” is a strange event. It’s not as if I am standing in the historical moment of Jesus’ death. I am removed from the brutality. It’s difficult to feel the weight of loss at a funeral when there is no body and the departed is someone you have only met in a brief summary of his life. Even if I claim that I “know” Jesus as savior, I can only speak of Spirit, not of the man. Today, I am confronted with the funeral of a man I have not met in the flesh. This is a somber, but detached affair. Hopefully my appropriately sad face during a church service should fulfill my Holy Week duties.
As a part of a broader project to increase our visibility and searchability online, we reached out to google for help creating a walk-through virtual tour as well as capturing some amazing pictures of the vibe at Collective. All of this to make Collective more discoverable and accessible in person and online.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
Paid Professional Childcare Available during Sunday Services
1 - 5 years of age | Childcare
6 - 11 years of age | Collective Kids