Welcome to LivingStones.church!
We wanted to make a place where we could let you look in and see a little about who we are! Jeremiah Griffin is our pastor and leading us to put the Gospel in Action! Jeremiah is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University and is currently working on his MDiv.. Pastor Jeremiah is married to his wife and awesome mother Tancy. They have four children and three foster children and celebrate what God is doing in their home. Jeremiah preaches expository style messages with details in the meaning of a particular text or passage of Scripture. It explains what the Bible means by what it says.
We are currently teaching through the Book of Romans @ Living Stones Rockford and working on a new formulation and strategy with another church plant starting with the formation of a Bible Study and personal evangelism emphasis in Boone County and surrounding area.
We would invite you to join with us in fellowship!
Who We Are & What We Believe
Living Stones is a fellowship of believers that have come together as a church based on a common desire to see the Gospel put in action in their lives, their families and the life of our communities. Living Stones is reformed in doctrine, in that it holds to the Five Solas of the Reformation. This teaching includes that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone based on the Scripture alone.
The name Living Stones comes from the passage of 1 Peter and has given a solid foundation for the ministry.
1 Peter 2:4–5
As you come to Him, a Living Stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
When & Where we meet
Living Stones meets Saturdays at 6:00pm for worship at 3326 Halsted Rd, Rockford, IL 61101. In 2015 our gracious host of Halsted Road Baptist Church allowed us to use their building and to participate jointly in various ministries. This partnership includes food and clothing ministries along with joint out reach into the local area. Pray as we continue this partnership to the glory of God!
Saturday - 6pm Worship/7:00pm Meal
Sunday - Halsted Road Baptist Church
Monday - Women's study (monthly)
Tuesday - Men's Bible Study (bimonthly)
Wednesday - 7:00pm Bible Study (weekly)
Thursday - PB&J/TP Ministry (monthly)
Clothing ministry is in cooperation with @Halsted Road Baptist Church on the second Saturday
For more information and ministry opportunities please contact us at email@example.com
What we do
Actions speak louder than words. The people of Living Stones do not simply join for worship, we are purposeful to come together to put the Gospel in action. We build one another up and then go out into the world to practice what we preach. ( Luke 11:28, 1 John 3:17-18 )
We believe that the local church is key to discipleship of believers, and we are dedicated to church planting. We are currently trying to get a small group in Belvidere, IL with the anticipation in 2018 of a new church plant. 5% of our giving goes to local church planting efforts. (Mark 16:15, Acts 13:47 )
Living Stones has a variety of ministries and most surround the need for food. We have a monthly Peanut Butter & Jelly outreach that places us into three of the housing projects. We provide sandwiches, cupcakes, drinks and other resources we have available to the needy. ( James 1:29, Isaiah 58:10, James 2:14-18)
In 2018 we hope to launch an official food pantry open to the public. We are gathering resources and preparing storage and process and praying! Will you pray with us?
We celebrate community and gather to fellowship after our Saturday services. Everyone is encouraged to stay after worship. ( Matthew 25:35 ) Often the discussion goes from the message that night to almost any topic. We are family and getting to know one another over the dinner table is a great way to grow in our community.
Partnering with other Halsted Baptist Church we are able to offer access to a clothes closet in Rockford. We work with other churches to provide emergency clothing assistance in case of fire or other emergencies. Our goal is to have a volunteer staffed clothes closet open weekly for the communities around our churches. ( Luke 15:22 )
Living Stones is an independent local church made up of local believers. We participate in cooperation with the following agencies and missions groups of various backgrounds and denominations. ( Philippians 1:27, 2 Corinthians 13:11 )