Why “The Porch?” 

We call our ministry The Porch because it’s a place of hospitality, where everyone is welcome. It’s a place where neighbors can come to talk, listen, get to know each other and develop their relationships with God.

Two thousand years ago, “the porch” was the place from which the early church grew:

Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people,
many wonderful things were done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony
on the Temple porch
 named after Solomon. Acts 5:12

The Porch is a merger of modern-day hospitality and Biblical roots. 

The Welcome Sign 

At Coventry Cathedral in England, this sign reflects our view of Christian love and hospitality. Here’s an excerpt:

You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing”, just woken up, or just out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago. We extend a warm welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery and those who are still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps, or don’t like organized religion. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, or wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters … YOU!