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New To Victory?

Whether this is a first visit to our website or you'll be a first time guest to Victory Church of Penticton, we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you, share some info, and maybe even answer a few of the questions you might have. Sit back in the comfort of your home and get to know us a little by checking out all the nooks and crannies of the web site. Then the first time you walk in the front door of our church, you'll feel like you already know us.

Common Myths About Church

Myth # 1:  Church is boring!
You’re right!  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact, our church, as well as many other churches, are not boring at all!  We talk about real life issues that you go through on a day to day basis.  We show you how the bible is relevant to your life and situation.

Myth # 2:  Churches only want your money!
While the church does need money to pay its bills, just like you do, we don’t expect our guests or visitors to ‘pay up’.  Our offering is for those who are a regular part of our Victory Family, and they give because they want to, so no pressure here.

Myth # 3:  I have to be perfect to be accepted by God
or “church people”.
Our lives are full of ups & downs, struggles & victories. At some point, we all mess up and do things we shouldn’t.  We tell lies, spread rumors, swear at other drivers, say things we’re sorry about later, and think or do horrible things.  All of these wrong actions, harsh words and bad attitudes are what the Bible labels as sin and, no matter how good we think we are, our sin stands between us and God.  Well, here’s news for you.  Nobody is perfect.

Nobody, not the pastor, not the musicians, not even the missionaries.  Nobody.  God knows where you are at better than you do and, while the thought that God knows all your deepest darkest secrets may be scary, He does.  What’s more… in spite of where you come from or what you have done, God still loves you!  All He asks is that you come as you are.

As a church, we’re open about our weaknesses, not just our strengths.  We’re willing to accept others where they are at without judging or attempting to pretend that we’re something we’re not.  Nobody’s perfect, and we don’t expect you to be.  Jesus Christ died for us all, and He accepts us the way we are.

What about Jesus?

~I didn’t respond during the Service when Pastor asked about becoming a Christian, is it too late?
You didn't raise your hand during the service, for whatever reason. You weren’t ready, you were scared - it doesn’t matter - you’re ready now.  

~But can you do this on your own? 
Yes. Actually a large percentage of people give their lives to Jesus on their own. “Giving your heart to Jesus” is a declaration that we are sorry for the things that we’ve done wrong in our past and we want Jesus to come into our lives and start changing us into the person we were meant to be.
Remember, God knows your heart so the words you say aren’t nearly as important as your attitude. If you’re still not sure what to say you can try a simply prayer like this:

“Heavenly Father, I want to give my heart to You. I want to choose to live my life Your way. I want to ask You today, to come in to my life, to forgive me for the wrong things I’ve done. Help me to live for You, from this day forward. In Jesus name, Amen.

~But I don’t FEEL any different…
That’s okay. When talking to God there is no ‘magic formula’ or ‘prescribed script’, and people react differently. Some people are very emotional while others are not quite sure if anything really happened. However you FEEL is right for YOU.  Remember, this is something new and it may take some time for you to begin to notice a change.

~If I’m a Christian do I need to come to church?
 
Definitely. Not so much because ‘church’ is important, but because as a new believer you need people who believe as you do around to help challenge, grow and encourage you.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean we now get to live on easy street. We need support from our friends and family when we go through difficult times. If we stay close to the family of God, they will lift us up when we are down and pray for us when we have needs. Going to church means we don’t have to face life alone! As you start to come to church you will notice that often the music, the Pastor’s message or something else that happens at church is just what you needed to continue on.

If you’ve said this prayer, tell someone or fill out the info tear off on the bulletin so we can stay in contact with you.

 

Some FAQ's

  • What should I expect?
    We understand that your first time at church, any church, brings up some questions - especially if its been a long a time since you've been to church: What should I wear? What can my kids do? What should I expect when I walk in the door? Do I need a bible? What do these people believe, anyway? There's already enough you have to think about when you're a guest at a church for the first time - even simple questions can feel overwhelming. We hope that getting some of this stuff out of the way not only encourages you to join us, but also helps you to connect with the hope and encouragement that God has for you. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of Victory Church. So whether this is your first visit to our church or your first visit to any church, welcome! Come on in, sit down, relax and just be you.


  • Do I need a bible?
    If you have one, bring it. Our pastor often shares insightful notes that you might just want to jot down in it. Otherwise, no worries, the scripture is usually read out loud and you can listen. As well, there is a place on the bulletin you can write notes down if you like.


  • What is going to happen during service?
    You'll enjoy upbeat Christian music and practical messages that deal with real life issues. We also collect an offering which funds the various ministries and work the church is doing in the community and around the world ? but visitors are in no way expected to give. Also, every few weeks we participate in communion together where we use bread and grape juice as symbols of Christ's life, death and resurrection. There's no dress code, and our services are usually about 90 minutes.


  • What style of music can I expect?
    We have contemporary, upbeat music with a wide variety of instruments. People feel free to sing, clap and dance. Don't be shocked if we get a little loud, we are just passionate about worshipping Jesus and aren't afraid to show it!


  • What should I wear?
    We're more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. Be comfortable with who you are. We have people who come in jeans and a tee, some who come in a suit and tie, and almost everything in between. So, dress how you're comfortable and you'll fit right in.


  • Can I get involved?
    Sure. We are always looking for a way to help people to fulfill their gifts and callings, and there are many ways people can help. What we do ask, though, is that people take some time to get to know us and all the volunteer options that there are. Visit our connect centre that is located right in the centre of the foyer.


  • What can my kids do?
    We have amazing programs for kids of all ages. Our programs have a spiritual focus. After all, that's why we come to church, right? We have an interactive children's church service that runs at the same time as the adult service. You can check out more information on these programs by checking out the children's page under the Ministries tab. As a parent you are always welcome to go with your children and observe.


Victory Church Of Penticton

"No Perfect People"

  


    74 Penticton Ave.| PO Box 23084, Penticton, BC V2A 8L7 | PH: 250-487-1300
    Office Hours: 

    Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    E-mail: admin@vcop.ca