We are eager to get to know you better! We look forward to learning about your family or household, what gifts you have and are willing to share with the BFCC. Becoming a part of BFCC will more like a covenant.
Covenant means a spiritual promise to do church together- a committed relationship to and with the community.
It is our way of saying that you are a “member” of our church community. Being at BFCC will be more like a community than like a country club. It will be more like a gathering of shared values, deep conversations, shared meals and thoughtful rituals, than like a party you might attend. It is a place where you can share all of who you are, your dreams, your hopes, your challenges so that we can all do ministry together and find out where God is in all of our relationships.
This church is full of hard working, engaged people...We envision that if you are a part and feel like you belong, that it will be a reciprocal relationship. When you covenant with us (or become a member) we hope that you will participate in a variety of ways:
to gather in corporate worship on Sunday
serve the ministries of the church to the best of your ability
have awareness of our mission and vision
financially contribute as you can.
If you are considering or already participating with BFCC, we hope you will covenant with us. We will announce our inquiry and orientation meetings and our membership Sundays when we make official our covenant together.
If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact the church office (719) 495-2207 or contact Pastor Marta Fioriti, (719)306-4037 or email@example.com
Here are the experiences we offer for faith forming:
Faith Lab Centers in Hardesty Hall (our fellowship hall) following most worships.
PRAYground (for pre-k-5th grades) in the back of the sanctuary every Sunday.
Multigenerational Worship, our hope is that young people will engage in the whole life of the corporate worship liturgy, music and ritual. Parents, we encourage you to help your children be full participants.
Mid-Week Ministries, every first Wednesday of the month all are invited for a potluck at 5:45 pm and seasonal activity and learning at 6:30 pm.
Adult only small group classes, meditation and contemplation groups, issue/topic based discussion groups or vespers
What is a Faith Lab Center? It is a space where children, youth & adults can experiment with faith learning. Like a scientific laboratory, it is a place created specifically for people to go and wonder about science… or I mean faith. At the faith lab centers children, youth and adults can come and wonder, create and learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It is a place to be messy and experimental.
How do you use the Faith Lab Center? Following worship (at 11am) all are invited to our Fellowship Hall for treats, drinks and conversation. During that same time on specific Sundays (not all Sundays), there will be centers set up for individual learning. Instructions and materials will be provided for independent learning or for parents and other adults to guide the young ones. Some might want to gather materials and take them home for at-home learning.
Once a month we will gather the whole church (children, youth & adults) to break bread together (pot-luck) as Jesus did with his people and engage together hands-on learning.
We are unapologetically creating space for multi-generational faith learning. This means faith-learning for all people. We do not offer traditional Sunday School classes for children, youth or adults.
Our adult’s program offers a deeper, faith-enriching experience for those that are new to the church experience as well as those that are life-long practitioners.
Here are some of the options for Adult Faith Formation:
1. We believe faith is deepened in the whole worshiping community. Like children and youth, we encourage and invite adults to participate in our multi-generational programs. We believe this type of engagement and relationship building is transformational.
2. We offer contemplative small groups. These are scheduled almost once a month. Great thinkers such as Thomas Merton are discussed. Please call the church office for more details.
3. We also offer a gathering called Uncomfortable Conversations. Our hope is to bring together groups of folks with varying opinions and values to have important conversations in a safe space. We believe that this kind of relationship building is also transformational. Please call the church office for more details.
Music and Arts
The choir is an integral part of worship, leading the congregation in song and sharing a variety of music for Sunday services. The choir rehearses on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. All are welcome. No audition is required. Contact Mandy Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
PRAYground is our Mid-Week Ministry on the first Wednesday of the month and perhaps a new idea called Faith Lab Centers during fellowship hour. It's not youth group and it's not Sunday school but it is faith learning. As one wise women in the church said: "it's Jesus outside the box."
Our church located about a mile east of La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, a ministry of the United Church of Christ and our partner in ministry. La Foret with the collaboration of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ offers a variety of programs for children, youth and adults throughout the year.
Every Fall and Spring there is a youth retreat (6th grade-12 grade). Every summer there are week long summer camps for children entering 2nd grade through youth finishing 12 grade. You can get more details at www.rmcucc.org.
BFCC heps supports these ministries by providing scholarships/sponsorships for children and youth to attend.
Vacation Bible School is held every summer for one week. It is open to all pre-K-5th graders, Monday-Friday. It is a ministry of the church and is Free and open to the public. You are welcome!
Keep your eyes peeled for the Summer 2019 dates and VBS theme.
First Step Preschool is a licensed, non-profit, developmentally appropriate preschool operated by Black Forest Community Church. Designed to support Kindergarten readiness, our learning environment encourages growth in social skills, language development, cognitive understanding and large and fine motor abilities. The educational setting encourages children’s spiritual awareness as students are exposed to God’s love in their everyday life in our loving accepting environment. With a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities we meet the State of Colorado Early Childhood Benchmarks with both direct instruction and learning centers such as science, dramatic play, math, blocks, computers and library. There is an abundance of sensory play, practical life situations and music students enjoying learning how they learn best: through play!
La Puente is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Colorado's San Luis Valley by providing food, shelter, and advocacy for the homeless and community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.
We believe homelessness and hunger are symptoms of a much deeper issue: Poverty. In rural southern Colorado, these issues are a daily reality for more than 20% of our population. Through client interaction, advocacy, policy awareness, and the support of our community, La Puente believes we have the tools to fight poverty and the stigmas surrounding homelessness and hunger!
United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings sponsor vital ministries that bring hope to people in the U.S. and around the world. Our church has identified four areas where critical human needs exist:
• in places lacking health and educational resources and/or where disaster has struck;
• within systems of injustice which oppress daily life and opportunity;
• in the lives of church leaders without sufficient resources to live with dignity;
• in the nurture of youth and congregations just beginning their lives of faith.
We believe these Special Mission Offerings collectively serve to lift people closer to the abundance and wholeness to which Jesus Christ has called us to work together to bring about.
Over the years, nature has taken its toll on this beautiful building. Critters have gnawed on the hand-hewn logs, and water has rotted the wood. The Black Forest Community Church members have faithfully attempted to maintain this historic site, but now, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
This year, grant money has been bestowed for the restoration of the Log building, with the requirement of a 25% match, $5,500 of the total cost of $21,900, from the community. With these funds, the exterior of the "Old Log Church" will be restored to its original condition. Projects to include stripping paint, replacing chinking, and repairing wooden double-paned windows.