“We all have an inner desire to be filled with something,” said Craig Swearingen, minister of Bridgeport’s Meadowbrook Church of Christ.
Drugs, alcohol and sex “will still leave you feeling empty,” he said. “God won’t leave you feeling empty.”
“Nothing fills (the void) other than God,” Swearingen said.
Bridgeport's Meadowbrook Church of Christ offers a family atmosphere where there is no one better than anyone else, according to the minister there.
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Welcome to Meadowbrook Church of Christ, a place that connects people to the God who fills.
Even church members can live “lives of quiet desperation — at times,” according to Mike Conley, longtime church member.
“They have some issues with their spouses, and their children and ... work,” Conley said.
“They can become quite frustrated and troubled, and I think they need a church family that they can come to,” he said.
“Discussion” is how Swearingen describes the church’s Wednesday night service.
It’s a time to bring questions and concerns.
People learn there that others struggle with the same problems that they face, according to Conley.
They “just basically put it in the hands of God and be patient,” Conley said.
In the meantime, they’re among “family.”
“I’d say it’s the family atmosphere, relationships with one another, getting out into the community and doing things” that make Meadowbrook special, according to Swearingen.
He likes the Bible passage in 1 Corinthians 12:12 about one body, many parts.
“We all have special traits and abilities,” he said. There is “none better than anyone else.”
Like in a family, it takes everyone to make everything work, he said.
And as in a family, Swearingen asks, “Do you really care what they’re wearing?”
It doesn’t matter at Meadowbrook, either: “We don’t care about that kind of thing,” he said.
But they care about the Bible — a lot.
And helping others, they care about that, too.
Church members believe that the Bible “is the true word of God,” Conley said.
At the core of their beliefs is the passage in Acts 2:38, according to Swearingen.
The gist: “Repent and be baptized ... for the forgiveness of your sins ... ”
“We preach the truth; we speak the truth,” Conley said.
And as far as outreach, “We do a lot of stuff,” he said.
Meadowbrook Church of Christ members serve breakfast at the Clarksburg Mission once a month.
Weekly, they’re taking food to Morgantown to Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a Christian-based facility that helps boys who are troubled, according to Swearingen.
Church members also pay for food for area schoolchildren to eat during weekends, and host a coat and clothing drive, among other aid.
“We help one another, help the community,” Conley said.
“If Jesus was a servant to all people, then we need to follow his example,” he said.
Meadowbrook meets Sundays and Wednesdays.
Sundays: Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m.; worship starts at 10:30 a.m.; evening service begins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: “It’s a round-table discussion,” Conley said, that begins at 7 p.m.
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