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sundays

 

Our services are a time for us to gather as a community, encounter God, connect with each other, and remember the story we're a part of.  For that reason we place a high emphasis on hospitality and welcome, worship, communion, and listening to the Scriptures.

When you come to a Bloom gathering (we meet in the basement of Hope Community Church) you'll probably feel a bit like you walked into a living room.  That's intentional.  We're not trying to manufacture a mega-cool event.  We're trying to create a space where we can encounter God and each other in "the beauty of holiness."  Our gatherings are sacred yet lighthearted times where we are formed together by and for God.

What do we do?

We sing songs... We pray prayers... We say creeds... We pass the peace... We engage in silence... We hear the Scriptures... We break bread... We go as "sent ones"...

It's formation.  All of it.

 
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our liturgy

 

The term Liturgy literally means work of the people.  At Bloom we believe that worship is a communal participatory event in which the people of God assemble to join in worship, prayer, and the hearing of God’s word, all of which forms us into the likeness of Christ.  As we practice the following disciplines, we believe that God shapes us and forms us while simultaneously drawing our hearts and our minds to himself.

Psalm Reading

 We begin each service with a reading from the book of Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Bible.  The Psalms are a collection of songs and prayers which have been with God’s people for thousands of years.  As such, each week in the public reading of the Psalms we are united to the long legacy of what God has been doing in the world since the beginning of the story.

Sharing of the Peace

Each week we invite the community to join in a time of sharing the Peace of God with those around them.  For millennia the Church has believed that the Sharing of the Peace is more than a simple greeting and rather is an actual blessing upon that person.  A common blessing follows, “Peace be with you!” with the response, “And also with you!”

Creeds

A foundational part of our gathering is the declaration of a Creed.  Creeds are statements of belief indicating the truths which we as the Church gather around.  The Nicene Creed is one of the most ancient statements of faith and has been with the church for nearly 2,000 years.  Therefore every week we gather together and join in declaring, “We believe...”

Songs

Scripture calls us to offer our praise to the Lord with raised voices.  The vast majority of the Psalms were songs sung by the people of God.  As such, worship through song is a prominent piece of our Liturgy.  It is through songs corporately sung that our voices rise above our own issues and needs and join in the chorus of praise sung to God throughout the world from the beginning of time.

Sermon

We believe that the Word of God is living and active.  The sermon, then, is a message presented to the Church each week which presents God’s word and calls people to respond to it.  During this time God’s Word ministers to us, challenges us, heals us, frees us, and above all invites us to surrender ourselves to the good and loving will of God.

Confession

Scripture clearly teaches that no man is without sin while simultaneously promising that if we confess our sin that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  Confession then is our public and corporate acknowledgement of our sin against God and one another, which joins us together in humility before our Lord.  In this we seek God’s divine mercy, grace, and forgiveness that we might turn from our sin to delight in His will and walk in His way for His glory.

Communion

 This meal and sacrament is the climax of our service in which we remember and participate in our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice.  We believe that this meal is surrounded by the mystery of Christ and that in it we are united with Him as he is united with his Father.  Therefore we hold that this is more than a symbol but rather a sacred meal in which God the Son becomes truly present to us.

Doxology

 The term doxology comes from the two words meaning glory and words.  These words of glory are a sung blessing which directs all of our praise and worship towards God.  Each week we conclude our service by remembering that all of creation and all people are called to give God glory.

Benediction

 The benediction then is a blessing offered by the leader upon the people of the gathering.  It is a prayer that God would bless and preserve the people as they leave the assembly and that He would reveal himself to them while granting them grace and peace.  Therefore as they leave, the people of God carry this grace and peace out offering it to the world around them.

Waters of Baptism

 We believe that in our baptism we are mysteriously united to Christ in his death and as such truly participate in his resurrection.  The waters of baptism are found at the entrance and exit of the gatherings space.  As we enter, the Waters of Baptism remind us that we are washed clean from the filth of the world.  As we leave, we remember that we now carry the newness of life with us wherever we go.

 
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TIMES & LOCATION

Bloom main space @ HOPE

Sundays at 9am and 5pm

326 E Colorado Ave
Denver, CO 80210

*Bloom Kids at the 9am gathering

 
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kids at bloom

 

The Great Commission incites us to mission, discipleship, sacrament and education. And these four pillars are what shape our methodology and vision for our Kids ministries at Bloom.

Raising children from birth through high school, into adulthood is no small task. We assume that, as a particular instantiation of the Church, we are all—each one of us, together—partly responsible for every young person in our midst. We commit to them in prayer and service, encouraging them and equipping them along their way to adulthood as active participants in the larger, contextual life of the Church. Our mission is to see all Bloom’s children come into a full actuality of their individual and corporate faith(s) through education, worship participation, congregational participation, and a commitment to political and social justice.

Our dream is for Bloom to be a place where kids are formed for a life of discipleship to Jesus. For that reason, we place a high priority on what we do in Bloom Kids.

We have a handful of objectives that guide our Bloom Kids programming.

Our goals are that our kids:

  • LEARN THE BASIC CONTOURS OF THE BIBLICAL STORY

  • LEARN TO ENGAGE GOD IN PRAYER AND WORSHIP

  • LEARN THE BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH

  • LEARN TO INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER WITH LOVE AND RESPECT

  • LEARN TO APPRECIATE AND RESPOND WELL TO AUTHORITY

Our curriculum, in broad outline, like our main gathering, follows the Christian calendar in working through the Incarnation (in December) through the realities of Easter and Pentecost (in late Spring).  During the Summer and Fall months, we teach on a variety of things, from the rest of the biblical story to spiritual disciplines to how to hear God's voice.  Our curriculum team works hard to create learning experiences that help usher our kids into the wide open spaces of Christian spirituality.

SO IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT VISITING BLOOM, BRING YOUR KIDS!

All classrooms are staffed by at least two staff at any given time. We have created a safe, colorful and enjoyable atmosphere for children of all ages.

Nursery

Your nursery age child will be shown the love of Christ through song, playtime and prayer. This is the starting point of children learning community with friends.

PRE K - K 

Your child will love everything the Bloom team has in store for them! Community continues with games, fellowship, Bible verses, crafts, and activities all based on God's Word, taught at a child's level in a small group format.

1ST- 5TH GRADE 

Students at this age will enter the Bloom Kids program to find a community with their peers and leaders who welcome them and become a presence in their lives. Kids jump right in and get involved in the large group "rally" where they learn foundational teaching of Christ through a Bible-based lesson, activities and games. Following the "rally" the kids participate in a small group time which provided further discussing and what it means to be a Christ-follower as a way of life.

 
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Students at bloom

Launching... Sept 2017

 

The Great Commission incites us to mission, discipleship, sacrament and education. And these four pillars are what shape our methodology and vision for our Student ministries at Bloom.

Raising children from birth through high school, into adulthood is no small task. We assume that, as a particular instantiation of the Church, we are all—each one of us, together—partly responsible for every young person in our midst. We commit to them in prayer and service, encouraging them and equipping them along their way to adulthood as active participants in the larger, contextual life of the Church. Our mission is to see all Bloom’s middle and high school students come into a full actuality of their individual and corporate faith(s) through education, worship participation, congregational participation, and a commitment to political and social justice.

Our dream is for Bloom to be a place where middle and high school students are formed for a life of discipleship to Jesus. For that reason, we place a high priority on what we do in Bloom Students.

We have a handful of objectives that guide our Bloom Students programming.

Our goals are that our students:

  • LEARN THE BASIC CONTOURS OF THE BIBLICAL STORY

  • LEARN TO ENGAGE GOD IN PRAYER AND WORSHIP

  • LEARN THE BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH

  • LEARN TO INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER WITH LOVE AND RESPECT

  • LEARN TO APPRECIATE AND RESPOND WELL TO AUTHORITY

SO IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT VISITING BLOOM, BRING YOUR STUDENTS!

For more information on anything relating to Bloom Students, please contact melissa@bloom.church


MIDDLE SCHOOL

LAUNCH: September 24th -
Middle School Student / Leader Brunch after the 9am service

We believe that middle school students are beginning to take steps towards forming their own ideas about who God is and who they are in light of him. They have out grown Bloom Kids but are not quite at the place of full adulthood in the Church. Therefore, it is the role of the local church to come alongside middle schoolers to help guide and form their ideas about God, while also giving them opportunities to experience community, service, liturgy, prayer, etc.

During the morning gathering, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, middle school students at Bloom are invited to their own Sunday Formation time, which includes community building, discussion of scripture, and prayer. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, middle school students are encouraged to attend the larger Bloom gathering with their families for the purpose of growing in and experience the life and liturgy of the corporate Church. Additionally, each 4th Sunday, middle school students are invited to lunch together with the middle school leadership team.

Each quarter, middle schoolers also have opportunities for service projects together. We also have seasonal formation retreats, a winter ski trip, and a summer adventure trip for our middle school students. Lastly, middle school students also host the morning gathering at regular intervals.

2017-2018 Middle School Leadership Team:
Austin Heath, Emily Siegler, Kaylee and Patrick Stoll

This student leadership team has committed to relational ministry with students and each member has been vetted and equipped by the Bloom Staff.


high school 

LAUNCH: September 24th -
High School Student / Leader Dinner after the 5pm service

We believe that high school students can and should participate in the life of the Church in the same way adults do. High school students have plenty to contribute to the local church and the community at large, and are on their own formational journey with God. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the local church to make avenues for their involvement, while also tending to the specific formational and educational needs of high schoolers. 

High schoolers are encouraged to attend any house church they wish, fully participating in and contributing to the House Church and the life of the accompanying Section. They can attend these House Churches alongside their parents, friends, high school leaders, or on their own.

We encourage high school students to attend one of the two Sunday gatherings each week. After the evening gathering, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, high school students at Bloom are invited to gather for community, formation, and prayer led by the high school leadership team. On the 4th Sunday of each month, high school students are invited to dinner together with the high school leadership team. Throughout the week, the high school leadership team is committed to spending time with students in whatever relational capacity appropriate.

Each quarter, high schoolers also have opportunities for service projects together. We also have seasonal formation retreats, a winter ski trip, and a summer adventure/servant leadership trip available for our high school students. Lastly, high school students also host the evening gathering at regular intervals.

2017-2018 High School Leadership Team:
Matt Lynn, Kate Tracy, Matt and Megan Wade

This student leadership team has committed to relational ministry with students and each member has been vetted and equipped by the Bloom Staff.