BridgeCity Church began with the vision of the elders of The Bridge Church of Snohomish to be a church planting church. God then orchestrated for Daniel Espy, lead pastor of The Bridge Church, to connect with Nate McGlinchy over a cup of coffee in what began as a brief meeting at Starbucks in October 2012. Three hours later, both walked away with an undeniable sense that God was doing something. At the time, Nate, along with his wife Becky and two girls, were living in Marlton, NJ serving as associate pastor of Church Without Borders. Over the next few months God began to reveal His call for church planting on Nate’s life and His leading to church plant with The Bridge Church. Pastor Nate and his family moved across the country in August of 2013 to begin preparing to plant a new church sometime in the fall of 2014. All the while praying that God would begin to gather a team around them to plant BridgeCity Church.
At BridgeCity, we are not doing anything different, new, or revolutionary. We are simply trying to do what Christ commanded his church to do some 2,000 years ago; seek His glory, proclaim the gospel according to the truth of his Word, and disciple those who follow Jesus. It’s a simple, proven process that was given to the early church and has been effective through the generations. Read more about BridgeCity’s Mission, Values, and Ministry Context.
Sunday service at BridgeCity begins at 10am. There is plenty of parking at Willis Tucker Park, located at 6705 Puget Park Drive, and is handicap accessible. We currently meet in the Activity Center (the large red building) at the north end of the main parking lot. Come a few min early to catch up from the week, grab coffee (tea or hot chocolate) and a cookie. If you have kids, check them in at the far end of the foyer and then together make your way into the Activity Center. Don’t worry if you’re running a little behind, there will be a designated time during the service where you can check kids in and refill your coffee. The service will begin around 10am with a time of corporate musical worship. The style may vary from week to week, but the purpose does not. We choose songs that are doctrinally sound, whether they are modern or ancient, and direct our attention and affection on God; His character, nature, and work.
After a short break, we open our Bibles and hear a sermon picking up in the verses following what was covered the week before. Sermons at BridgeCity average between 35-45min and typically go straight through books of the bible (called expository preaching). A time of reflection and response directly follows the message in which followers of Christ may partake in communion, all are encourage to participate in corporate musical worship, and prayer.
The service will typically run 80-90 min. There is no dress code. The focus is our inward condition not our outward appearance. We encourage love and respect toward others because that is what Jesus asks of us. [John 13:34-35]