The mission of John Knox Presbyterian Church is to
grow in Christ,
be inspired to spread his Word,
share his love throughout the community, and
experience joy on the way.
A young mother called me to find out about JKPC---she wanted to know if we were the kind of Church that scared children. I was a little taken back by her question but I assured her that we believed that children needed a clear and comforting understanding of God. And that this meant that we did not scare children with either a fearful concept of God or with thoughts of demons and evil devils. After I got off the phone I got to thinking that people do sometimes ask questions that are tough to answer. But that I am really proud of this congregation and the commitment that we have made to help children ask tough questions and know that they can find answers here.
I know that there are some of you who have been hurt by those who never honored your questions as a child. I also am aware that some of you have been hurt by people who gave cruel and even scary answers in the name of religion to you. Yes, I am very aware that religion can be very dangerous. But I also believe that the rewards outweigh the risks. Even organized religion can be full of life, fun and great satisfaction. Here at JKPC we are trying to create the kind of place where your spiritual journey can be honored and appreciated, no matter what your age.
This is an exciting time here at John Knox and we hope that you are a part of it. You can welcome and can participate no matter your age or background.
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Dr. John Neal
Clerk of Session
Lane Oxley & Rosemary Willhite
John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane N, P O Box 20968, Keizer OR 97307