Why is your church called Manna? Does that mean something?
The short answer is yes. The Manna name comes from the Exodus story, where God provides for his people by giving them a bread (called manna) to eat while they are walking around in the desert. We took the name because we want to be the kind of place that is always relying on and expecting God to provide.
If you're interested in the long answer, you can check it out on Jerry's blog here.
What is a typical worship gathering like?
We try to keep things pretty casual. We dress like we would when hanging out with friends (usually jeans and t-shirt), sing songs like the ones we listen to and talk about the Bible (Jerry's messages are usually said to feel like he's talking with you and not at you).
Oh... we also drink coffee and tweet during the gathering. Seriously. If you see people on their phones during a gathering, they're not bored or being rude.
When will you be starting the church?
We will be starting weekly worship gatherings on September 9th, 2012. In the meantime we are doing monthly "preview gatherings" on:
Why do you call them worship gatherings? Why not just call it a church service?
The reason for this is two-fold. First of all, we believe that church is a group of people. More specifically, we believe that the Church is the universal group of people who throughout the ages have chosen to put their faith in Jesus. As a result, we try to refrain from referring to our Sunday events as "church."
Furthermore, the term service isn't very participatory. We don't want Sunday to be a "go and watch" event, but a "come and experience" event. On Sunday's we gather to worship God as a community.