Glory of God
The Rev. Paul Young
Glory of God | Cocoa | Florida
1)Tell us about Glory of God Church
Glory of God Anglican Church is a group of people living on the Space Coast of Florida who are committed to Christ, trying to be authentic on how we live out our salvation and are passionate in worship.
2) Do you have regular community outreach?
Our community outreach is twofold. First, as God’s people in and amongst the community, we strive to equip the people of Glory of God to know the gospel and effectively share the gospel in their daily lives. We also try to encourage one another in how we live as God’s people in His world. For example, our emphasis this Lent has been forgiveness which is a way of living that has ongoing ripple effect in our families, neighborhoods and work places. Second, we have an ongoing Tuesday morning Food Ministry that serves approximately 150 people a week and their families. We intentionally offer more than physical food but also spiritual food through prayer, Morning Prayer (with 25 minutes of bible study) and a volunteer who explains the gospel to whomever will listen. Two people have been baptized and are now active members (and their spouses) of the church through this open door to the community this past year. Another local outreach includes nursing homes services with communion, a homily, prayer and lots of love.
3) Are mid- week study groups a part of life in the congregation?
Each week on Wednesday we offer two opportunities for study groups led by the Rector. Wednesday Noon we break bread together and have a study and discussion. At present, we are studying Church History (Reformation to present day). Past studies have included Pilgrims Progress, Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Crucial Questions by R.C. Sproul, etc. Wednesday evening, we eat dinner together and have Bible Study. Recent topics have included, The Bishops Advent and Lenten Studies, Two Ways to Live, The Bible Overview, The Course of Your Life and God’s Promises (study in the Covenants). In recent years, there has been an intentional emphasis on Biblical Theology connecting the specifics of a passage in context with the big picture of God’s unfolding plan of redemption and presenting the hope of how we have been brought into God’s amazing Story. We also have small group fellowships and studies which are lay lead on Thursday and Sunday. A very important ministry we are working to expand by the grace of God.
4) You are hosting the clergy and spouse retreat again this year. Tell us how the congregation prepares for this event? When I asked Chris Marshall, the past coordinator of the Clergy Retreat at Glory of God, this question she responded: “organization and prayer”. The first part of organization is good leadership which prepares those who want to serve in supporting the retreat. Once the leadership is in place, teams are formed for: hospitality, meal preparation, beautification of the grounds and buildings, and lots of prayer.