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Jump With Your Kids

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Trampolines are fun.

I loved jumping on my friend’s trampoline when I was a kid.  I thought I was a straight-up ninja.  I felt like I could fly. In all my flips, twists, spins, and tricks I felt like a Cirque du Soleil acrobat.  

Questionable awesomeness aside my favorite move was what we called the “double-jump”.  The double-jump requires more than one person.  You see, it happens when one person times their jump at just the right moment before the other hits the surface.  The result is pure joy. The other person is able to jump higher than they ever could on their own.  Still don’t know what I’m talking about?  You should watch this short video.  

The double-jump is our hope for Jump Day on May 30th and now is the time to make your move.  We see this as a tag-team effort to celebrate together.  CityKids with City Students.  Parents and kids with their leaders.  We are partnering together to see students, kids, and families grow in the gospel, community, and mission together.  This is a chance for us to come together and just have fun.

This could even be a first step toward the gospel for some.  We hope you’ll take the opportunity to invite someone else to the party.  This is an opportunity for families, perhaps entire Community Groups, to reach out to other families in your neighborhoods and networks of relationships.  

So before you hit the park with your picnic lunch or light the grill for your Memorial Day BBQ, join us for Jump Day!  Tickets only cost $4 for kids 3 and under and $7 for kids/adults age 4 and up. You must purchase those in advance here. We also have a limited number of scholarshipped tickets as well. So email me at if you know someone who would love to come but may need a little help.

We hope to see you May 30th at 10:30am at Jumpstreet in Murfreesboro.   

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Thank You, Ashley

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8 months doesn’t seem like long enough to make an impact. But it was for Ashley Mayhew. 

Ashley came on our staff last spring to lead and develop our First Impressions (FI) team. These are the folks that welcome people to our church, help first time guests feel at home and then follow up with them to help them connect them to relationships.

Ashley thought big picture. She was the driving force behind the Weekender, which helps people move from mere connection to commitment.

She also thought small details. She made our bathrooms look less like a dungeon and more like a palace.

One of the marks of a great leader is that they call others into leadership alongside them. Ashley did this as well as anyone I know. She never did anything alone. She was always showing and equipping someone to take her place. In fact, Ashley was a product of another great leader who blazed a trail for her at City Church- Travis Prater. Great leaders always are clearing a path to make it better for those that follow.

Sadly, as of February 1st, Ashley has left her position as FI Team leader as she works on finishing up her graduate degree. But she is leaving that team with leaders and a structure that will allow us not to miss a beat.

When I talk to people who come back to our church, I often ask them “What brought you back?” The most frequent answer is  “People talked to me. I wasn’t only greeted, I felt like people cared about me.” This is the value of our First Impressions team. They not only help people feel comfortable, they make sure they are loved.

So, in honor of Ashley, do 2 things this Sunday at City Church.

1. Tell Ashley “Thank you”.

2. Commit yourself to a team that is serving others. First Impressions is a great place to start. Maybe you’re the next leader God is calling up to serve. Sign up to serve by clicking the red box below.