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April 27, 2013

A seed takes root

Amesbury mission church offers an alternative to the mainstream

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“Piece by piece we’re trying to put it together and grow, and it’s a matter of getting our name out there so people understand who we are,” Ingalls said. “Saying you’re contemporary is great, but we worship the glory of God, we are here building this for the glory of God.”

Beyond simply being an alternative spiritual experience from mainstream worship, Seeds of Hope Mission Church also strives to help people in need. Ingalls said that goal was the basis for the church’s name; the church’s mission is to plant seeds of hope in those in need.

“The very important piece is the mission, the mission is bringing the word of God, the light of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the people that are either unchurched, or they just don’t know how to reach out,” Ingalls said. “Our focus started out as ‘Jesus took his ministry to the people’ so we try to fashion our ministry after that.”

Ingalls said the church also believes in what he called radical hospitality, or going the extra mile to make sure everyone feels welcomed and loved. For instance, somebody from the church is at the building’s front door when services are being held to welcome guests, lead them up the elevator and then bring them to the church.

“We offer them stuff to drink and eat, and we also offer the word of God, and that is the core of what we do here,” Ingalls said. “The hospitality doesn’t end there, it’s getting folks involved, welcoming them so that this is their home, so they want to come back and they want to be loved. Love is a very important thing, it’s not about the politics or the administrative pieces, it’s about God and it’s about worship.”

Seeds of Hope Mission Church meets in Building C, Suite 360 of the Boston North Technology Park at 110 Haverhill Road in Amesbury. The church can be reached at 978-204-5296.

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