Nov 14

Coming to Access was like Coming Home - Cori's Story


I came across Access in a bulletin during a traditional service at First United Methodist Church Richardson.  I attended church services alone, as my husband has another commitment on Sunday mornings.  As much as I enjoyed the morning worship, I was always a little self-conscious about attending alone.  I decided to try Access in the evenings to see what that was like.

I can clearly remember that coming to Access was like coming home!  It was a smaller service, and therefore more intimate, but also allowed me to meet new people and not feel “alone.”  I also LOVED the music!  Since I listen to contemporary Christian music on the radio all the time, I actually knew most of the songs.  It felt like I was singing along with the music just like I do in my car! Worship through singing is something I enjoy tremendously.

From then on I felt very connected in Access, with the welcoming worshipers I sat near, and faces of some people that I recognized from places outside the church.  My dear friend, Shelia, began to attend, too, and it is a very special place to be each Sunday evening for us. Now I have a wonderful time volunteering at Mark Twain Elementary with other Access worshippers too!  We are so valued by the school, and it is always fun to be with the kids – “Serving people in Christ.”

Cori Pratt, Access Attendees & FUMCR Members, posing with a student at Mark Twain Elementary while volunteering at their Accelerated Reader Prize Store

Cori Pratt posing with a student at Mark Twain Elementary while volunteering at their Accelerated Reader Prize Store

Of course, the messages I hear each week are the most important part of the service, and those are why I keep coming back.  Rich and Julie always teach the Bible in original and creative ways that help me to think “outside the box” about my faith.  I grow each week!  And the entire worship leadership team all make me feel very much a part of the worship experience.  I love Access! It has gotten me through some tough times!

Cori Pratt, FUMCR member & ACCESS attendee

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