1392 Robert Fulton Hwy Quarryville, PA 17566 Phone: (717) 786.2723

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Church of the Brethren Basics

Continuing the work of Jesus... Peacefully. Simply. Together.

Continuing the work of Jesus
Though the Brethren as a group have existed for three hundred years, we subscribe to no formal "creed" or set of rules. We simply try to do what Jesus did. Jesus brought a message of life, love, and hope. But He offered much more than inspiring words: He understood that people's spiritual needs also include day-to-day human ones - food, health, rest, comfort, friendship, and unconditional acceptance. "I am the way," He told his followers. He showed them how to trust, how to care, and how to help. Steadily, lovingly, even radically, Jesus went about saving the world - by serving its people. Because we believe His message, we seek to do the same.

Peacefully
The Church of the Brethren is a living peace church. Our longstanding commitment to peace and justice includes a deep regard for human life and dignity. Brethren reach worldwide to help repair the ravages of poverty, ignorance, exploitation, and catastrophic events. Along with our faith, we bring food, books, classes, tools, and medicine.Whether the conflict involves warring nations, racial discord, theological disputes, a personal disagreement, or a mere misunderstanding, Brethren listen conscientiously, seek guidance in the Scriptures, and work toward reconciliation. Living peacefully, to the Brethren, means treating each person with the attentive, compassionate respect that all human beings deserve. We practice peaceful living.

Simply
Years ago, all Brethren were immediately recognizable because of their plain dress. Today's Brethren live very much in the world, work in a broad range of occupations, and make use of the latest technology.Continually, though, we try to lead a simple lifestyle. Practicing a humble nonconformity, we think carefully about our daily choices. The ideal of simplicity guides how we conduct our business, raise our children, spend our leisure time, and tend our natural resources. For the Brethren, such considerations are not a requirement, but a privilege. As we seek to live intentionally, responsibly, and simply, we find a deep sense of purpose. And we find joy.

Together
Whether worshiping, serving, learning, or celebrating, Brethren act in community. Together, we study the Bible to discern God's will; we make decisions as a group, and each person's voice matters. Twice a year during our traditional Love Feast, we gather at the table of the Lord. Because Jesus urged unity, Brethren work alongside other denominations, at home and abroad, in worldwide mission and outreach.

Another way of living
In the New Testament, the word "brethren" describes a community of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of Jesus. The Church of the Brethren began three centuries ago in Germany and still draws people who want to continue Jesus' work of faithfulness and loving service.

Our congregation welcomes all who wish to share with us in another way of living: the way of Christian discipleship, fulfillment in service and life in community.

There is so much more to know. Come and see!

Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren

1392 Robert Fulton Hwy Quarryville, PA 17566 Phone: (717) 786.2723

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