For most people, belonging to a church means attending a Sunday service once a week. At LifeSpring Church of Norman, however, the congregation is heavily involved in supporting the local community and provides many volunteer opportunities for its members.
"Community support is a key commitment," says Jeff Robinett, lead pastor. "We offer many events each year that focus on helping people. School Share is one. For the past 12 years we've bought school supplies for families who are struggling to provide these essentials for their children. Using lists obtained from schools, we purchase every item their teachers have requested so each student is ready for their first day of class. We also have a mobile clothes closet and partner with other nonprofit organizations to provide food to local residents. We also invest in people by providing helps with past due utilities, rent, and gas for their commute to work."
LifeSpring's community outreach, as well as its teachings and values draw inspiration from the life of Jesus Christ and the ways he reached out to and served others. The church's purpose is to "lead people into life giving relationships through Christ." "We believe God wants a personal relationship with every person, and he made that possible through his son, Jesus," explains Robinett.
LifeSpring was formed in 1998 originally as Heartland Church, serving the Moore and Norman communities. During the first five years of existence, the church didn't actually have a permanent building, and members would meet in local elementary schools and hotels. In 2004, a leased warehouse in Norman was converted into a church and daycare center. In 2015, the church became renamed as LifeSpring to avoid confusion with similarly named churches in the area.
Members that follow the church's social media channels attest to feeling welcomed by all the minute they stepped into the building. Sunday services are offered at 9:05 and 11:05 AM, with coffee, tea, and donuts available. "Sundays at LifeSpring are great for the entire family," says Robinett. "For children we have age appropriate environments from birth to fifth grade. Teenagers and adults meet together in both 9:05 and 11:05 a.m. services. You'll enjoy the worship band as they lead the audience in modern worship songs. Practical Bible messages are presented in a very real and authentic way."
In addition to services, there are several ministries to get people of all ages involved in life at LifeSpring. Children enjoy classes and learn more about God's love in age-specific environments, teens participate in field trips, monthly activities, Bible studies and outreach opportunities, and several community groups give members a chance to form friendships and eat and pray together.
LifeSpring's congregation and activities have grown so much that this year the church will move into a new building that "features a spacious common area and modern sanctuary with state-of-the-art-technology to enhance your worship experience" according to Robinett. Just as Christ's love is eternal, so is church life at LifeSpring which gets better and better.