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Welcome to Layman Church, a grace-oriented Church in Roanoke. Be sure to also check out our Facebook Page
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Sundays:
2 Services 
9 AM &10:30 AM Worship

9:15 AM Groups: Youth, Children & Adult
10:30 AM Groups: Children & Adult


This Sunday...
We continue our new series
Losing My Religion
Bring a friend or two and join us


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 Coming soon:
White Elephant Christmas Party

And Carry-in Dinner
Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 PM


PJ Day!
Yep, that's right- we decompress
From the holidays by wearing PJ's
To church on Sunday, Dec. 28
For a unified service at 10:30 AM



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Hang with us every Sunday at 9:15 AM
And join us for The Edge Conference in January!
(If you would like to sponsor one of our youth, please see Jana)



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What We're Not

What We're Not...

What do you think of when you hear the word "church"?  Dusty tradition?  The rules and regulations of organized religion?  Holier-than-thou attitudes and hypocrisy?  Constant appeals for your money?  The church "fashion show"? 

Um...yeah...we don't like any of that either.  We don't obey the traditions of the past- we follow a God of the present.  And we're not about rules and regulations- never have been, never will be.  Holier-than-thou attitudes?  We're all people who struggle and have areas in which we need help.  Besides, I'm too busy dealing with my own areas of weakness before God to spend time trying to figure out what you're not doing right.  I will, though, walk beside you and encourage you in the faith as we both follow Jesus.  Oh, and we don't do politics, by the way...  If you're looking for a church they'll tell you why you need to be Republican or how great it is to be Democrat, we're not the church for you.

The money thing...we don't beg for money.  We're not organized around it and we don't have it as a goal.  We're upfront about the whole money issue.  Layman Church is a non-profit organization that exists on contributions.  The people who are already connected to Layman believe in our purpose, feel like Layman is meaningful to them and they give generously.  We never try to make people give.  Giving from the heart is good...giving from guilt is bad!  Oh- and we commit to give 10% of every dollar given to make our community and our world a better place.

Although we're pretty sure God is impressed by a thin strip of fabric hanging from a man's neck, surrounded by an expensive coat and completed with color-coordinated slacks and spit-shined shoes.  And that he's overjoyed when women wear really pretty dresses with lots of jewelry- we don't do the church fashion show.  Jeans and T's work fine for us.  You wanna dress up?  Go for it.  Just understand, some of us would rather just dress casually.  Regardless, we all know God's more concerned with what's going on inside, right?

Who We Are...
Layman Church is a fellowship of God-followers and God-seekers.  Our goal is to become a church for the unchurched and the hurting.  A place of healing and hope.  Of acceptance and love.  A place where truth changes lives and love transforms hearts. 

And in this environment, irreligious and/or unconnected people can find a safe place to check out the faith without being pushed to believe or pressured to conform.  We are a place to connect, make friends, ask real questions and find real answers to the most important questions in life. 
We believe in truth- no apologies.  But we also believe the edge of truth is best communicated through the motive of real love.  Seems like Jesus might have done the same thing.  Hmmm...maybe we're onto something.
  
Not sure about your beliefs (or if you believe at all)?  Had enough of church as usual and maybe dropped out of the church scene altogether?  We're here for you.  Want to hear sermons about how great you are and that God doesn't want to change you one single bit?  Don't bother hanging out with us.  You won't hear that at Layman.   We believe in a God who transforms lives from the inside out. 
Check us out, give us feedback and help us become a place of healing and hope- a church for those without a church. 

What Does Layman Have to Offer Me?

Truth?  Not much.  We aren't looking to sell you a religion or promise you a lot of programs in order to get your tail in a seat at Layman.  If you're looking for that, there are plenty of churches we'd be happy to recommend to you.

Instead, Layman is organized around serving God and each other.  We believe we are each gifted and called to work together for God's glory.  Want a first class children's ministry?  Great- help us create it.  What about an exciting, thriving youth group?  How would you like to be involved?  Think we need to spend more time seeking God in prayer?  We're all for it- help us do it.

Layman is not about programs, but people.  We offer a chance to be involved.  To be part of something bigger than yourself.  To belong and make a difference.  To be family. 

The "attractional" church sells us on what it can do for us.  And Christians/those seeking Christ become "shoppers" looking for the best bargain and the most bang for the buck.  We're not Walmart.  We're the church of Jesus and we're more interested in living for something bigger than ourselves than we are in selling the promise of blessings for the payment of attendance.  And although we love it when people want to join us by becoming members, we often discourage it until they've been with us for a little bit so that they really know who we are and what we're about.  We don't just care about "numbers," we care about people.  We want you to discover where God wants you, not where some church wants you.

Need healing and help?  Yeah, we're here for you.  But don't be surprised when part of that process involves becoming others-centered and making a difference in the lives of others who are hurting.  That's part of becoming a disciple. 

Still with us?  Great- see you Sunday!

Top Ten...

**From the "Top Ten Reasons Most People Don't Attend Church" card (you may have received from a friend):

Number 1- It isn't relevant to their lives today.  Kinda like that trig class back in college when you knew you were going to be an ad exec.  Why bother, right?  All too often, churches are so busy playing religion that they don't bother to intersect with real life in the real world.




We believe in and practice the 3 "R's"- Real, Relevant and Relational. 

We're REAL
- no put-ons or playing church.  If your week was an absolute bummer, then the last thing you need is to come to church smiling like everything's wonderful.  What you need is people who will listen to why your week was so bad and then encourage you so that you're refreshed and ready for the week to come. 

We're RELEVANT
- the things we talk about impact our lives on a daily basis.  As we search the scriptures we find ourselves dealing with issues like marriage and sex, overcoming the past, finding love, dealing with debt, raising children without going crazy, having a faith that actually makes a difference in our lives and our world. 

We're RELATIONAL
-You'll never be a "number" at Layman.  We believe growth occurs best in the context of relationships.  Wanna find out more?  Give Brian, the bald pastor guy, a holler and go do coffee with him. 
baldpastorguy@laymanchurch.com