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April 27, 2013

A seed takes root

Amesbury mission church offers an alternative to the mainstream

AMESBURY — An upstart nondenominational church in Amesbury is seeking to spread the seeds of hope among people by offering an alternative worship experience from what the mainstream churches offer.

Seeds of Hope Mission Church, which holds its services in a small suite in the Boston North Technology Park rather than a traditional church building, was started earlier this year by Amesbury residents Bob Ingalls and Betty Aldrich, along with other like-minded residents who were inspired to reach out to those in need.

Ingalls, who serves as the pastor, said the church’s purpose is to minister to the needs of impoverished communities while planting the seeds of faith, hope and love through participation in worship, study, retreat and mission.

The church initially started as a book group in the fall of 2011, and over time, some of the group members decided they wanted to start a new church, Ingalls said. In the following months, the members discussed what kind of church they wanted to form and what kind of church fits into today’s society.

Eventually, the group determined that the church could be an alternative from the mainstream congregational churches for people who are looking for a spiritual experience rather than religion.

“So many people that are in churches, or have left churches, we’re looking for what are they’re looking for,” Ingalls said. “And we’re discovering as we go along that they are looking for a spiritual experience, so we’re trying to meet those needs while going out to the people.”

Once that was established, Seeds of Hope Mission Church officially opened its doors in January, and it has been holding services at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Seeds of Hope Mission Church is non-denominational and the hour-long services focus primarily on praise music. The service also features video clips on a projector and a weekly message. Although most of the people who regularly attend services are Amesbury residents, all are welcome to attend. Ingalls said his hope is that more people will come once word starts to spread.

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