Humble Beginnings and a Great God…
On Mother’s Day 2002, 42 people gathered together in a Julington Creek home with the vision of establishing a new church to serve the rapidly growing population of northern Saint John’s County. These faith filled people made the decision that day to obey the calling God put on their hearts and committed their resources and time to birth a new Church that would meet at Julington Creek Elementary School.
Within a few weeks and with never ending prayer and effort, these pioneers had everything in place and began meeting and worshipping at the school. After the first month the group grew to 55 and by the end of 2002 the then named “Julington Creek Christian Church” took flight under God’s power to have an average weekly attendance of 103 people. It was obvious God had a plan for the church and that He was going to bless the efforts of so many dedicated and faithful people.
Soon the time came to consider a larger facility to better serve the community and the growing number of people who were now calling the church their home. A core group of church members gathered together, and with complete faith, never ending hope, and lots of prayer, they decided to give very generously of their resources and put a down payment on an available piece of property along Racetrack Road. However, there were four mountainous obstacles to overcome. Despite these obstacles, the group remained faithful and obedient, and our great God removed each and every obstacle that stood in their way. The property became part of the new church on February 28, 2003. Yes, it was obvious God had a plan for the church!
The new property along Durbin Creek and the desire to reach all of Northern Saint John’s County inspired the church to rename and become known as Creekside Christian Church. With the new name came a move to Durbin Creek Elementary School to allow for more people to join the church and also allow eeryone to be much closer to the church’s ultimate home. In 2005, the church developed a 40-acre site plan for the property and held a financial campaign where many church members came together and pledged over $800,000 towards the building project. When the church went forward with the building plans there were once again seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome, and once again God performed miracles to allow the new building to become a reality. Yes, it was obvious God had a plan for the church!
The formal ground breaking took place on January 28, 2007, less than five years after the initial congregational meeting. The building dedication happened on May 4, 2008 and the grand opening of the new building took place on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008; the sixth anniversary of Creekside Christian Church. Since that day, God has continued to bless the efforts and mission of the church and we now have over 800 wonderful people attending Creekside on a weekly basis. Six new buildings have been added, the reach of Creekside now extends from Saint John’s County to the far reaches of the globe… and we’re not finished yet! God still has a plan for Creekside Christian Church!
Well, that’s our story of faith, hope, and obedience to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He created us, he sustains us, He moved mountains for us, and He has bathed us in His perfect never-ending love since the very beginning of Creekside. We hope you’ll become part of our story and experience the fullness, richness, and joy of a life devoted to the very Giver of Life.
May God bless you and keep you all,
The Creekside Family