What is Etch?


It's our new/old way of doing ministry... TOGETHER! Etch is intergenerational. It's a time for all ages to interact with one common purpose: Discipleship. Together, we'll share stories of how God interacts with us in our everyday lives and pass on his truths to all generations.

We are currently on break for the summer. Etch will resume in September after Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the summer!

Etch Electives

Etch Electives are four-week courses that are offered throughout the year on Wednesdays evenings for those interested in growing their faith and/or helping others grow in their faith. These electives are modeled for different ages and levels of spiritual maturity. 

Children's Ministry Electives

Though these classes are geared toward younger audiences, parents are welcome to learn alongside their children and experience faith from their eyes. The structure of these classes are as follows:

Etch Kids 1: Kindergarten-2nd Grade

Etch Kids 2: 3rd-5th Grades

We also provide a nursery for children birth-Pre-K

Youth and Adult Electives

These electives are designed for 6th grade to adult. They will be much like a classroom format with elements of small group interactions. In these courses you will experience videos, object lessons, lectures, and many other methods of teaching. If a 4th or 5th grade student desires to be a part of one of these electives, they will need to attend the elective with a parent or an adult who will sponsor them.

etch meal

The table and food were an integral part of Jesus ministry. Often Jesus used a meal to teach, strike up conversation, or simply share a story. His disciples knew him by the way he interacted at the table, and others felt welcomed by his presence because they were welcome at his table. 

At Etch there is always a meal. The meal helps parents and adults not have to worry or rush with putting something on the table and then get to church. More importantly the Etch meal provides an opportunity where we can interact with each other, spend time mingling, and share life together.

You are welcome to bring your own food if you're on a special diet, or simply like to cook! The meal isn't so much about the food, but what takes place at the table while we eat. 

Meal is served from 5:45-6:15pm

etch community nights

Etch Community Nights are breaks between our four-week electives where we all gather for an evening of entertainment, interaction, and worship. Our goal is to share what Christ has been doing in our lives, what we've been learning from him, and also have a little fun while we're doing it.

Etch values

LET GO of our own desires.

Romans 12:1; Matthew 16:24

If we are to grow in Christ, then we must begin by letting go of any piece of the world that holds tightly to us. Jesus calls us to let go of our lives if we are to follow him. In letting go of our lives, though, we are promised that we can find an abundant life.

REIMAGINE the way we disciple.

Romans 12:2; Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Discipleship takes on many shapes and forms. At ECOB we look for many different ways to disciple, but at Etch, we are desiring to see discipleship across generations. It is the church's responsibility to care for future generations and their relationships with Christ.

REFLECT the image of Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 11:1

One of the biggest ways to share the gospel with young believers is through our lives. We believe it is important for all who attend Etch (and as they go home) to model Christ in every aspect of his or her life.

TOGETHER, experiencing God's story of redemption.

Psalm 145:4; John 17:23

We must realize a relationship with Christ is plural. We're in this together! God's story is about God and his people, and he invites all to be a part of his grand narrative.   

PASS ON the truths of salvation to future generations.

Psalm 78:4; Rom 1:16

The story of God's salvation through Jesus Christ cannot stop with us. It must be carried on from generation to generation. At Etch we believe it is imperative for the mature in faith to give to the young in faith. We also believe that Etch is more than Wednesday nights, but it's a model for how we live our lives. We must live and share the gospel of Christ to all who are lending an ear.