Sunday mornings we gather together at 10am at 1490 Fulham Street in Saint Paul at the Olson Campus Center. HERE is a helpful map. Our community is comprised of folks who have been invested churches for years and others who have literally never been a part of a church before Catalyst. Young and old call Catalyst home and we like that. We desire to create a community where anyone can come in and ask questions, find fellowship, explore faith and grow.
A Bit more about us.
We believe we serve and love a God who loves us so much that he will always meet us where we are at. Yet we believe God loves us so deeply he does not wish us to stay there but wants us to grow, serve, and love others in his rhythm and we do that as a joyful response to his love for us.
As you visit us even while we are in our infancy as a new church know that we seek to create a community and a service where we value things like authenticity, excellence in our ministries and facilitating deep connections with God and those around you. Yet we pray when you attend Catalyst you will leave not asking “Did I like it?” or “How good was it?” but rather ask “Am I called here to partner with God to bring heaven to earth?” because we believe thats a much more compelling question that gets at the heart of Christianity and the vision of Catalyst.
Our desire is to create community that asks how we can BE the church rather then just seeing ourselves as ATTENDING a church. We wish to create a space where we can come as we are in all our beauty and brokeness and we pray our time together encourages and gives us strength to go out and be the church beyond our brick and mortar and as the Lord’s prayer reminds us to help bring heaven to earth.
So what will it be like?
As you arrive feel free to grab a coffee and connect with a greeter or two, they are there to connect you in and answer questions. We typically begin by singing songs. These songs are written to help us remember for ourselves and remind the person next to us who God is, what God has done and will do because of his love for us. We will pray together because we believe we have a God who wants to hear from us and speak to us and most Sundays we will dig into a passage in the Bible that most of the time will take the form of a sermon. What is a sermon? It’s a prayerful unpacking of a text so we can understand and apply a particular passage to our lives so that as a result of our time together we will depart being able to better understand God, love God and love others.
On any given Sunday we typically have a number of first time guests, people who are in love with the church, people who have been hurt by a church or people who are coming back to church after years of being away and all are welcome to join us. We desire to create a safe place to explore who Christ is and what he has done for us and then ask each other “what do we plan to do now that we know what we know about Christ”.
We love kids at Catalyst and we have a lot of little ones in our community. We have great programming for kids from birth through 10 years old that begins after we sing. We like the kids with us as we sing because we believe its important for kids to have relationships outside of just their own generation. We believe its powerful and deeply impacting when a child sees his mom or dad, brother or sister sing about Jesus and watch them pray and worship. In the future we plan to add more classes for older kids but in the mean time we have wonderful activity bags and spaces reserved at tables for families with older school age kids.
Kids are SO important to us and while they are in their own rooms during the sermon our children’s team has developed quality teaching, art projects and prepare Bible story and play times that actually mirror what we are learning as adults so that way when families go home together after Sunday morning they can talk about what they learned at church each Sunday.
Got kids older then that? So do we! As we grow so will our programming for this age group. One of the ways our 10 year old plus children grow and stay connected is by serving. We have Jr. highers who help with tech and greeting. We have high school students who are in home groups with college students and we think this connection outside of their generation for our tweens and teens actually helps them flourish.
Come and kick the tires.
If you are our guest feel no pressure to jump in right away. We realize this may be new to you and you may well have some questions (which is great!) You may simply want to observe, to pray, to listen and be still and we get that. Always know you are more then welcome to join us as Catalyst strives to be a contagious community, focused on pursuing, proclaiming and demonstrating Christ and his love for the world.