I’m No Wonder Woman

Jenny Perez

Jenny Perez

Troy campus attender

The Perez family is a superhero home. My youngest son is Team Antman, my oldest son is torn between Spiderman and Black Panther, and my husband is Ironman all day!

As I was putting on my Wonder Woman costume in this photo, I thought about how much pressure women have today to actually be a version of this fictional character. She has special powers, impressive physical powers, and mental abilities—and on top of it all, she’s beautiful.

Although I don’t feel the need to walk around in a mini-skirt with a lasso to battle the bad guys, but you better believe the pressure to be wonderful is there. Before I know it, I’m trying to make everything a “moment” or a “memory” so my children will have stories of how grand life was way back when. I try to seek the extraordinary in the ordinary.

But do you know where that pressure comes from? I’ve come to find that it’s all a lie from the enemy to get us distracted, worn out, and miss the blessings in the mundane.

Yes, God showed us big miracles in the Bible. He parted the Red Sea just in time for the Israelites to walk across to safety. Jesus healed person after person, allowing the blind to see and the deaf to hear.

But if we only look for the big miracles, we miss all the little miracles that make up the richness of the Bible. Ruth chose to go with Naomi. Rahab hid two Israelite spies. Mary said “Let it be to me as you have said.” These were not big moments with fireworks and lights. These were small, insignificant moments by women who poured out what they had and that led to some of the greatest acts of faith and richest blessings we see in God’s story.

Sisters hear me here. God is not limited by our job, our social status, our marital status. I have been part of some of the most incredible moments in God’s story while being a widowed single mom. He uses the seemingly insignificant acts of life to weave an intricate and beautiful tapestry of His story. That text to a friend to encourage her or inviting that new woman out for coffee – these seem like small things, but God uses them in a mighty way. Just as He used the small, smooth stone in David’s sling to take down the giant, Goliath, so He uses our small acts of faith in huge ways.



SMASH Women’s Retreat
This is just a taste of what God is putting on my heart for my talk at SMASH, an annual women’s retreat. If you’ve never been, or maybe you’re on the fence about going, I beg and plead with you to come! It’s a weekend of safety, invitation, and challenge. You’ll experience four sessions with fun, real, and honest speakers and an awesome worship band that will light up the stage with incredible music all weekend! There are also plenty of opportunities for relaxation, or you can try a zip line, ride a horse, or go paintballing. Learn more and sign-up at kensingtonchurch.org/SMASH.

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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.

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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.

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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 Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a catalyst to help people live in financial freedom and enable them to have a posture of openhandedness. We have witnessed numerous Kensington families experience life change as a result of applying Biblical truths to their personal finances. The real blessing is seeing people create lives of margin that allow them to hear and respond to the Lord’s calling on their lives.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

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.

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Alpha

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.

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Together Again

updated June 23, 2021

It’s been life-giving to be in-person for our weekend services since last July when we reopened. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us in person sometime soon.

Reservations and ticketing have been discontinued at all our campuses.

Masks are optional at all services, events, and ministry gatherings for kids, students, and adults. We know that everyone needs to make the right health decisions for themselves and their family, so if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may. And if you’d like to continue wearing a mask or face covering, you may do that as well. This is a personal choice that only you can decide what is best for yourself when attending in person at Kensington.

If you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, please plan to stay home and participate in our services via our many online streaming options.

At the start of the pandemic, Kensington’s Executive Team commissioned a group of staff members as a COVID Task Force to establish protocols and procedures for the safety of our church community. Thanks for sticking with us throughout all the changes and adjustments over the past 15 months.

We’re grateful to be together again!