ENCOUNTER EQUIP ENGAGE
609 21ST ST SE
HICKORY, NC 28602
In 2023 Encounter Church is Launching as a Spirit Filled Church on Mission to bring the City of Hickory an Encounter with God. We want People to Encounter God. We want to Equip the Church. We want to Engage the world around us with the Gospel of Jesus in Words, Works, and Wonders! Come Join this future Movement!
ABOUT ENCOUNTER CHURCH
In 2023 Encounter Church is being launched in what was formally known as Sweetwater Baptist Church! Sweetwater has existed in the city of Hickory since 1954. A small, but loving and dedicated congregation of believers decided in the fall of 2022 to embrace the vision of Encounter Church and now we are working hard together to bring the vision of God to pass over Hickory. We invite you to join the humble begins of what we expect to be a move of God! We are currently working on growing our core team over the coming months with the goal of a full Launch in August 2023. We are praying that God will send us people who are in love with Jesus, and who can catch the Vision of Encounter Church. We are praying for God to add gifted leaders to our Worship Team, Sound Team, Kids ministry Teams, and Hospitality Team. It's going to take a family on mission for Jesus to see His work come to pass. Please contact us with any questions and we would love to have you consider coming and joining the movement!
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”
Pastor Elijah has passionately served Jesus in ministry for 12 years. He is in love with the woman of his dreams, who he has been married to for nearly 10 years. Elijah and Kristen have 4 amazing children that they love spending time with! Pastor Elijah is a gifted leader and communicator who is committed to helping people know and encounter the God of the Bible! He looks forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family!
Norm is a Spirit filled worship pastor who is passionate about leading people into the presence of God. Norm has been married to his wife Anna for 21 years. Together they have 5 amazing children. Norm and Anna play a crucial role in the spiritual life at Encounter Church.
Natasha (Tasha) Viel has been serving children through the entirety of her adult life. Her and her husband Travis have spent countless hours serving Jesus and advancing the cause of Christ and the local church. Tosha has a servants heart and is excited to be leading the way in serving your family and children! Tosha can’t wait to meet your family and help your children have an encounter with God as they grow in their relationships with Jesus!
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP AT 11A.M
Bring a heart of expectation as we join together to bring God glory and Encounter His goodness! Plan to come as you are and to leave better Equipped to share your faith and serve others!
ENCOUNTER KIDS MINISTRY
Encounter kids meet Sunday mornings at 11am and Wednesday Nights at 6pm. The only exception is our 1st Wednesday of the Month downtown Hickory prayer night, we’re families meet under the sails to pray for our City! Encounter kids exist to help your children Encounter God and be Equipped to know Him and His word! We have a secure electronic check in system to help assist your family, and well vetted volunteers to serve you and your children.
1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH- PRAYER UNDER THE SAILS IN DOWNTOWN HICKORY
The first Wednesday of each month we meet as a church family at 6pm under the sails in the downtown Hickory square. Join us as we intentionally pray to God for the needs of our very special city!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SMALL GROUP 6-7PM
On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month our small group meets the the Sanctuary to study Gods word from 6-7pm. Encounter kids meets during this time to bless our families and pour life into our kids!