The Safe Haven is the precious little flock that I am privileged to shepherd. We are a small gathering of Christ-followers whose sole purpose is to embody the spirit of Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (clear and compelling Bible study) and to fellowship (loving and encouraging one another), in the breaking of bread (the celebration of the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer (in which we bring our joys and sorrows, our victories and challenges before our God).”
We seek an elegantly simple, no-frills, uncomplicated encounter with God, uncluttered by all of the programing and financial “stuff” that can so easily become a distraction. Anyone who needs more by way of youth groups, children’s programs, small groups, Sunday schools, retreats, etc., are welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of the many offerings of such ministries in churches throughout our area.
As with so many things these days in our post-Covid world, the nature of Safe Haven has changed. Since we were meeting pre-Covid in a retirement facility, out of an abundance of caution we are no longer permitted to do so. Consequently, we are now a virtual community. I am singularly blessed to be able to keep in touch regularly, in one way or another, with each of our precious Safe Haven peeps. Thankfully, relationships are not dependent upon a room.
Nor are podcasts! The weekly podcast continues. It’s actually kind of cool: While speaking to an empty room, I am able to “see” each of our people in my mind’s eye. I honestly get the sense that they are responding in real time to the things I am teaching. And their feedback continues to flow to me. It truly is precious; a ministry that I continue to treasure.
All of that to say that our mission remains singularly focused: to meet with God and with one another around the teaching of God’s Word in an affirming, soul-building experience.
With so many unfortunate forces that seem to tear apart the fragile unity of many churches (everything from secondary doctrinal issues to peoples’ personal politics), I am thrilled to hear from time to time of the “birth” of yet another Safe Haven — dear people of God gathering in small or modest-sized groups, using the podcast as their sermon. Safe places where they can leave the things that would otherwise divide them at the door. They are thus able to discuss together the truth they have just heard, pray for one another, support each other, break bread together — simply, sincerely, lovingly.
Through the podcast each week, you will have the opportunity to experience the blessings with us. So in this virtual sense, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Safe Haven, where we love you and are thrilled that you are here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Im very happy to be able to listen to dewey again online. Im in california, a freind of ken brown, an old student of deweys at masters. I downloaded his sermons and listened to them at work. After he finished philipians I waited for him to get back into mathew…but didn’t see his name back up as teaching. So am thankful that I can listen again to his wise teaching…along with my own pastor at the church we attend. God bless you dewey.