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Journey Church Takes unique Approach to Sunday Service, Embracing Creativity

By Kelly Church

Journey Church is a Norman church that strives to use creativity to point people to the Creator. In fact, Journey Church has many programs that are designed to ensure healthy relationships with churchgoers. Instead of hosting traditional Sunday service, the church refers to its Sunday activities as experiences, to welcome as many people to the church as possible.

"We believe that simply providing a service for our members is less interactive and sometimes intimidating," Haley Spradlin, Journey Church's Art and Communication Director, said. "We want to give an experience that makes them feel included and loved."

The church even hosts online experiences for those who can't attend church in person on Sundays. The church's online host is available to help online visitors through the whole experience via chat. Those who tune in can request prayer with special buttons, and the founding pastor, Clark Mitchell, publishes all of his personal notes and scriptures online so viewers get the full experience. There is even an area for note taking on the online portal.

Another unique element of Journey Church is their worship team. This group is made up of staff and volunteers at the church and gives the community an outlet to express their faith through art. This program is part of the Creative Journey, inspired by Genesis 1:1 that lists the heavens and earth as a result of God's creativity. The worship team composed a full-length album that celebrates what Journey Church stands for. The album, released in 2016, is available on Spotify, iTunes and the church's website for anyone to listen to.

"Journey Church is a community filled with opportunities to get involved and connected with others," Spradlin said. "We have many different and unique connection opportunities, but the best way to engage in our community is to jump into our three main initiatives: attend a worship experience each week, join a Journey Group and sign up to serve."

There are programs offered at the church for nearly every group: women, men, children and even college students. An updated calendar of events for Journey Church is available online at www.journeychurch.tv and churchgoers can find out how to watch services online there as well. For more information on how to get connected, email connect@journeychurch.tv

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