Growing church has been active in the community
The sounds of clapping and celebratory cheers are common occurrences during Lighthouse Christian Church services and events.
“The worship services at Lighthouse are not your typical ‘come in and sit down quietly,’ ” said the Rev. Tom Goodwin, the Rosemount congregation’s lead pastor. “The people are singing and clapping and dancing.”
The hoopla during a recent Sunday service came after the growing church announced it would add a Saturday evening service to its lineup.
“The church leadership discussed and prayed this past spring about when would be the right time to add another service, as the church was filling up,” Goodwin said.
That time will be this weekend when the first Saturday service will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 7.
“Because the services often go two hours, it would be difficult to start another service and still keep the current Sunday service at 10 a.m.,” Goodwin said. “Saturday seemed like the right answer.”
Goodwin said the Saturday service will be similar in design to Sunday with more flexibility with length of time for music, sharing of testimonies and teaching from God’s Word.
He said the service will be a good option for people who work on Sundays or want a day of rest with their families on Sundays.
Lighthouse’s children’s ministry, called Potter’s House, also has been extended to Saturday evenings.
Lighthouse has grown during the past two years as it has continued to be a visible contributor in the Rosemount area.
The church was one of the driving forces behind the One Rosemount, Feeding Families effort earlier this year that attracted more than 2,000 volunteers to package 285,000 meals to send to Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic.
Lighthouse annually organizes a free afternoon of fun after the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Parade with food, games and activities, along with its work to put on the popular Bathtub Races the past couple of years.
This year the church raised $8,000 from the Bathtub Races to put toward a fund to help ship the One Rosemount, Feeding Families food. Still more money needs to be raised for this effort. Find out more about it at www.onerosemountfeedingfamilies.com.
Goodwin said the congregation has grown, in part, because it is clear about what it is and what it wants to be as a congregation.
He said the church is welcoming of other cultures, offering Spanish translation of its services through headsets.
“Lighthouse believes that life is an adventure,” he said. “The adventure that they are on is one of reaching out to people with a message of hope and healing.”
That adventure will be taking it to the road, as Lighthouse recently received the donation of a 47-passenger coach bus from Celebration Church in Lakeville.
“The gift of this bus is going to open new doors of opportunities around town and around the country,” Goodwin said. “We believe that this bus is a tangible sign that the Lord has bigger things in store for Lighthouse as we move forward.”
Goodwin said new worshippers are welcome at the church during its services, which are at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Saturdays.
The church also offers an array of programs, like AWANA Clubs for children up to fifth-graders at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. More is at its website at WorldwideLighthouse.com.