Baptisms at Stony Creek

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We’re gearing up for our annual baptism event and wanted to share a few of the stories of life change from individuals that are preparing to be baptized this Sunday!

Thomas Prebelich, Clinton Township campus

Throughout my years, I’ve lived by my rules, my way. When suffering because of my parents’ violent divorce, I built walls around myself. I always felt as though something was missing…until my loving wife brought me to Kensington. Every time I went, I felt that I was being reached out to, and soon I understood what was missing: Jesus. I became more immersed in the bible through K-Men and began to understand what it means to follow Jesus. His words and teachings are so powerful and have helped me change as a person and have led me closer to Him.

Kelsey DiPirro, Traverse City campus

Here’s what the past six months have been like: I racked up thousands in medical bills, had to buy out the lease on my car which caught on fire on my way to the dealership, learned that my home had major structural issues, felt my finances were a disaster, tried desperately to settle into a new job and deal with depression and anxiety. A few years ago, I would have been disabled by all this. Instead, I drew close to my community, started a bible study with my friends, shared my love for Jesus with the children at church, and I prayed hard. God and I have the most authentic relationship I’ve ever had. It’s not always pretty, but it is always worth it. I’ve chosen Kensington to be a part of this next step of my journey because I’ve always considered it home, even when it has been far from my new home in Grand Rapids.

Hallie McIntosh, Birmingham campus

I was raised in an abusive home – my brother and I were tormented mentally and physically from childhood into our adult years by our mother. I spent the majority of my life hating myself. I partied often, spent time around people who treated me as badly, and by age 24 I was pregnant, unmarried, and terrified at my future. When I had my daughter, I considered the resources at my disposal that would give me tools to be a better mom than I had. Church seemed like a logical choice. I figured, “what’s it going to hurt” to just go a few times. Those few times became a regular part of my Sunday routine for the duration of my pregnancy. After she was born, I got married, bought a new home, and my life seemed wonderful. I thought this must be working. I must be doing something right. I didn’t want to “jinx” it. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I felt my heart change. I felt the love God was giving me. I felt full. I felt safe. For the first time in my life I really felt…complete. That broken little girl that existed in my head and thought she was worthless has been replaced by a powerful, God-fearing woman that commands respect through her actions and the way she treats others around her. I look forward to spending the rest of my life committing myself to him fully and allowing his love to work through me and heal me for as long as it takes.

Ronald Ward, Troy campus

I was an alcoholic and extremely unfulfilled spiritually. An AA friend took me to a Christian men’s group –Band of Brothers – on a Wednesday which soon became a highlight in my week. The brothers laid hands on me and prayed multiple times and I felt the power of the holy spirit. Then I had the opportunity while on a job site to meet a young lady that was a cutter and had countless scars on her arms. Although she was not a Christian she allowed me to put my hand on her shoulder and pray for her. The power of the holy spirit filled me again and the most beautiful prayer came out of my mouth. This is new to me and tears rolled down my face. She was also cried and said the experience was surreal. I realized then that I was a messenger of Jesus. Now, I attend Celebrate Recovery and Sunday services at Kensington. I want to belong to the community and show the world my devotion to Jesus Christ. I feel fulfilled for the first time in my life and I anxiously await whatever mission God chooses for me.

Frances Xing, Troy campus

I grew up in China and saw many people doing ancestor worship which I believed to be a burdensome and false religion. Ten years ago, I found Kensington and was attracted by its uplifting services, global vision, friendly atmosphere, and giving mission. In life, there were multiple times I was let down – my hope was crushed, I was surrounded by darkness and disappointment, but I was lit up whenever I came to Kensington. I saw Jesus open a window for me whenever a door was closed. I have appreciated God’s love and will continue to learn and apply God’s words. Baptism will start a new chapter of my life to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am disowning myself and indicating my desire to serve Him, and I am dedicated to doing the will of Jesus Christ.

Patricia Courtney, Orion campus

I’ve been ready to fully give my life to Christ for years and was waiting for the “perfect time” and to be able to perfectly explain why. I now know that it doesn’t have to be perfect at all. It can be raw and emotional. I’m still growing each day in my walk and will continue to do so as I fully give my life to Christ. My life has been such a rollercoaster but the last 10 years have been the most fulfilling. The closer I’ve gotten to God the more my soul feels filled and whole. We love all that makes Kensington what it is: our community, Dave and Ann, Smash retreats, Rock your Family, Intentional Parenting, Marriage Conferences and small groups. Our children have grown so much from their years at Kensington. We are so grateful to continue to become closer to God with this wonderful community and interact in such intentional, fun ways. We are truly blessed.

Please join us as we celebrate with all those in our community taking this step of faith! We’ll have engaging worship, a life-changing teaching, live baptisms, and lots of fun for all ages. Still, have questions about baptism? Read the blog What Is Baptism? by Justin Warns.

For more information, or to register, visit kensingtonchurch.org/summer-baptism.

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Titus 1

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness– 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless– not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. 10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach– and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

Other Helpful Passages:
Ephesians 4
1 Corinthians 12-13
1 Peter 5
2 Timothy 2:2

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December 24 Services
December 24 Services
December 23 Services
December 24 Services
December 23 Services
December 24 Services
December 23 Services
December 24 Services

Grief Recovery

At Kensington’s Grief Recovery support group, you can find hope and healing after the loss of a loved one. It’s a place where you’ll encounter caring people who can empathize with your pain because they’ve been through it themselves.

Troy Loss of Spouse Workshop |  Aug 27 (One day only) 
Troy campus | 1-3pm

Orion Loss of Spouse Workshop | Aug 27 (One evening only) 
Orion campus | 6:30-8:30pm

Troy Grief Recovery | 13 weeks | Sept 17–Dec 10 (Tuesdays)
Troy campus | 1-3pm*

Orion Grief Recovery | 13 weeks | Sept 17–Dec 10 (Tuesdays)
Orion campus | 6:30-8:30pm*

Surviving The Holidays Workshop | Nov 19 (One evening)
Orion campus | 6:30-8:30pm

*You are encouraged to join us on any week. Sessions are self-contained.

Find a Grief Recovery group near you: griefshare.org

Kensington Visitation

Our dedicated volunteers bring encouragement and prayers of faith to those who are in local hospitals, medical centers, recovery centers and homebound. If you or someone you know would like to be blessed by such a visit, email visitation@kensingtonchurch.org or call the Troy Campus during business hours at 248-786-0600.

Pastoral Care

Members of our Pastoral Care Team are trained by the nationally known Stephen Ministry program and are compassionate listeners who walk alongside others to provide skilled and distinctly Christian care in times of need. They can’t promise to have all the answers, but they can promise their focused support. To receive care from one of our Pastoral Care Team members, call us at 248.786.0600 and ask for a Campus Care Provider – they can get the process started.

Interested in joining our Pastoral Care Team? Email us for more info.

1 Timothy 3

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 8 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. 12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Other Helpful Passages:
Ephesians 4
1 Corinthians 12-13
1 Peter 5
2 Timothy 2:2

Retreats

Podcasts

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Subscriptions

Marriage 365

Married People

Growing In Marriage

Prepare Enrich

Subscriptions

Marriage 365

Married People

Growing In Marriage

Prepare Enrich

Books We Love

Preparing For Marriage

Marriage Prep

Before the Last Resort

Marriage Restoration

Vertical Marriage

Marriage Growth

Secrets of Sex and Marriage

Intimacy

Men Only/For Women Only

Marriage Growth

Smart Step Family

Blended families

The Meaning of Marriage

Marriage Prep

The Power of a Praying Wife

Marriage Growth

The Power of a Praying Husband

Marriage Growth

The 5 Love Languages

Dating

Love and Respect

Marriage Growth

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away

Marriage Restoration

101 Questions To Ask Before You Get Engaged

Dating

Newlywed Couple's Devotional

Newlywed

365 Connecting Questions

Connecting

Fierce Marriage

Marriage

Children's Programming During Services

Troy

5pm | 12/23
Birth–PreK programming

7pm | 12/23
Birth–PreK programming

11am | 12/24

Birth–PreK programming

1pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

3pm | 12/24

Birth–PreK programming

5pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

Orion

5pm | 12/23
Birth–PreK programming

7pm | 12/23
No children’s programming

11am | 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

1pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK and Elementary programming

3pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK and Elementary programming

5pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

Clinton Twp

5pm | 12/23
Birth-PreK and Elementary programming

7pm | 12/23
Birth–PreK programming

11am | 12/24
Birth-PreK and Elementary programming

1pm| 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

3pm| 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

Birmingham

11am | 12/24
Birth-PreK programming


1pm | 12/24
Birth-PreK programming

Traverse City

2pm | 12/24
No children’s programming

4pm | 12/24
Birth–PreK programming

Clarkston

10am | 12/24
Birth-PreK and Elementary programming

12pm | 12/24

Birth-PreK programming

Marriage and Blended Family

The Marriage Course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Strengthen your communication and gain a deeper understanding of your partner. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.
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The Blended Family Workshop addresses the confusing roles and boundaries involved in blending families and identifies why parents so often struggle in blending their efforts. Find a community of people who are contemplating blending a family or are “in the trenches” building and growing their blended family!
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Please email 
marriage@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Spiritual Formations

Discover rhythms and practices that can help us abide in the love, grace, and hope of God, where our lives can be transformed. Explore some of these practices together with others who are pursuing the same. To find out more, please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org.

Birmingham Campus

We are offering a time for our congregation to gather after the 10am service for prayer in the Groves Auditorium, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

On Sunday evening, Dec 5, parents of high school and middle school students are invited to the second half of our Edge gathering at Genesis Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at 6:15pm. We will have a breakout to equip parents in caring for themselves and processing pain with their children in times of tragedy.

Parents & Student Resources

Parents – self care is critical. It’s important to do your own processing with another adult so that you can be more present as your child processes. Here are tools that you can use to get you started.

Podcast

Helpful Blogs

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Counselors Are Needed After Tragedy

“The aftermath of the Oxford shooting tragedy will undoubtedly result in traumatic symptoms and experiences across our communities for quite some time. Healing the brain through evidence-based therapies is absolutely possible with clinical guidance. There is a valuable village of Trauma Therapists with collective resources standing by for Oxford, for both direct and secondary survivors to engage in therapy. Until then, we honorably hold a sacred space, as students, families, staff and school partners continue to mourn.” -Laura Azoni, LMSW, Founder of Sanctuary Services

Orion Campus

We believe that unity at this time is more important than ever. Several churches in the area are partnering together to offer space for students to begin the process of healing.

We will have several grief and trauma specialists on site this Sunday evening at our Orion Campus (4640 S Lapeer Rd Lake Orion, MI 48359) from 5-6:30pm and will have a night of prayer, worship and an opportunity for students to process with each other.

Tate Myre Funeral:
Monday, 12.6 Visitation 1 to 8pm
Tuesday, 12.7 Visitation 10-12pm and funeral at Noon

Clinton Township Campus

We will be offering a time for our congregation to gather after each service for a time of corporate prayer in the Greatroom. Prayer will be offered at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. (25000 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036)

This Sunday at 3:30 pm as a community we want to gather, pray and mourn together. We are all looking for answers and wondering why tragedy happens but we can find hope and peace in Jesus. 

Troy Campus

Join us Sunday night, December 5th for a Community Prayer Vigil at Kensington Church at 6:00 pm. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to come together for a time of hope and prayer. 

Following the Vigil, at 7:00 pm, there will be breakouts for students and for parents to process and be equipped in caring for themselves and those around in times of tragedy.

Marriage Classes

What grows marriages? Focusing on the two of you and being in community!
The Marriage Course includes seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Please email marriage@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Financial Compass

Financial Compass is designed to help you discover the freedom found in wisely managing the resources God provides. To find out more, please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org.

Bible Basics

Whether you are brand new to the Bible or have been reading it for decades, Bible Basics is a course that will help you understand the overall flow of the Bible. Over the course of several weeks, learn how the Bible came from the original writers to the English versions we have today. We’ll look at the big-picture story of the Bible and how all the individual books add to the whole. We’ll even learn a little about the history of the Jewish nation. But most of all, we’ll grow in our awe of the amazing author of this amazing book!

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Clarkston

Clinton Twp

Orion

Troy

What is my purpose? What value does the Bible have in my life? How do I pray? How can I grow in confidence to share my faith? These are the big questions that are at the heart of what it means to have a relationship with God. Alpha is a space to explore life’s big questions, to say what you think and to hear other people’s points of view. Over ten-weeks you will explore and discover while listening to weekly topics, participating in table discussion, and developing community. Alpha courses meeting in-person gather around a meal.

You don’t have to come for the whole series—just check it out for the first session and see what you think. No pressure.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Orion

Troy

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