OUTDOOR. OUTREACH. THINK OUTSIDE THE PEW!
In 2013, LVPC began a second Sunday worship service with Chattanooga's first Drive-in-Worship Service! This outreach service is held each Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day at 6:00 p.m. on the grounds around our Pavilion of Praise.
We are concerned that there are many people in our community who are not ready, willing, or perhaps simply not comfortable entering a traditional church sanctuary to attend a worship service. At LVPC, we believe that we are charged with proclaiming the Good News about Jesus to everyone, without exception! We believe that the greatest need for men, women, boys and girls is to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and that no obstacle should come between Jesus and those He seeks to love, forgive, and save. Drive-in Worship is a creative effort we are launching at LVPC to bring people that one step closer to Jesus.
When you attend Drive-in Worship you may remain in your car, tuning your radio dial to our local broadcast on FM 93.3. Or (weather permitting) you may bring your camp chair or blanket out nearer to the Pavilion of Praise and enjoy worshiping the Lord under God's cathedral of the great blue sky.
Worship music at Drive-in Worship is primarily contemporary praise, integrated with some of the older, more familiar hymns each week. Preaching will focus on New Testament passages which are foundational to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
SUNDAY EVENINGS, MEMORIAL DAY THROUGH LABOR DAY
"When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Chattanooga, take I-24 West to Exit 175. Right onto Browns Ferry Road, and proceed 7/10 of a mile. You will see the Masonic Lodge on your right. Right onto Patten Chapel Road, and LVPC is immediately on your right.
FAQs about Drive-In Worship
1. Will there be an offering taken?
Yes, you will have an opportunity to give, although there is no obligation to do so. 80% of the offering taken at Drive-In Worship goes right back into the Lookout Valley community through the LVPC Family Aid Fund. This fund goes to assist people in crisis by helping with water bills, groceries, power bills, and so forth. The remaining 20% of the offering goes to offset the expenses directly related to the Drive-In Worship ministry. None of the offering goes to Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church’s general operating fund.
2. Why exactly is Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church adding this second Sunday morning worship service?
In a word, for evangelism! The Westminster Confession of Faith, which is our denomination’s confessional document, reminds us that “All believers are…under obligation to sustain the ordinances of the Christian religion where they are already established, and to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and personal efforts to the extension of the kingdom of Christ throughout the whole earth.” Similarly, the 7th of the "EPC Essentials" declares that "The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout all the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to 'Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.' He calls us to live a life of self-denying love and service." This means that the exciting work of evangelism—proclamation of the Good News about Jesus-- is always to be the Church’s first priority in terms of its work. However, we live in a day in which the fastest-growing religious demographic in the American population is the “unaffiliated,” those with NO affiliation with any organized religion whatsoever. By definition, this segment of our population simply isn’t attending church anywhere, and therefore is not hearing the proclamation of the Gospel.
At LVPC, we have learned through our study of the Acts of the Apostles that the greatest missionary in world history, Paul the Apostle, worked both through existing synagogues (roughly equivalent to our idea of brick-and-mortar churches) as well as creating alternative venues in which he could share the Good News about Jesus. In Philippi, Paul engaged people evangelistically on a river bank. In Athens, Paul engaged the philosophers with the message of Christ on Mars Hill. In Corinth, Paul worked out of the home of a man named Crispus. In Ephesus, Paul rented out a college lecture hall for his base of operations. In Rome, well, read the final chapter of Acts to see what “doing church” looked like in Rome for the Apostle! Similarly, at LVPC we are creating an alternative venue in which to engage people with the Good News about Jesus. Meanwhile, our other two weekly services for our “regular” congregation (Sunday morning traditional service and Wednesday Night Bible Study & Prayer Meeting) continue unchanged.
3. What will the minister be talking about?
This summer (2015) Rev. Davidson will be preaching on stories from the Gospels (the 4 historical records of Jesus Christ) in which Jesus is engaged in personal conversations with people. We will gain insight into what it means to know and to follow Jesus Christ from these "Encounters with Jesus".
4. Will I have to do anything?
No. But we certainly hope that you will sing, pray, and engage your heart and mind in God’s Word.
5. What should I bring?
Bring your Bible so that you can follow along with the pastor's message. If you don't have a Bible, we can give you a New Testament, and make recommendations about purchasing a Bible for yourself. (A great investment is the ESV Reformation Study Bible.) You might also bring along a notebook to make notes for yourself concerning what God is saying to you. You can stay in your car and listen to the service on the radio, but weather permitting, you'd probably rather sit in your own camp chair or on a blanket.
6. Will someone be available to listen to me or pray with me?
Absolutely. You will also have an opportunity to submit prayer requests in writing so that others in the LVPC Family will be praying for you throughout the week.
7. What are the beliefs of your denomination?