What’s with the name free_key.com?
The ‘.com’ is meant to represent that we are a community – not a family. We’re too big and diverse to be a family. Members of a family share a common heritage and background – but we have many heritages and this fact makes us all very different. A family lives together by circumstances of birth; we live together by choice. A community is a bunch of people all trying to live together – and it’s not always easy. To do it we’ve got to get right with each other.
What about the ‘free_key’ bit?
What we’re about here is getting right with God and getting not too bad with each other. As Romans 5: 7-11 tells us Christ has made it okay, made us all right with God. More than just all right – we are friends with God through Christ. Paul goes on to say in verse 18 ‘the one righteous act sets all humankind free’ – we are free through Christ. Through Christ we have life, peace and hope We are free through the grace of God. Grace = the free, unearned, unconditional love and forgiveness of God. Grace is the ‘key’ – we are ‘free_key’ people.
We are also ‘freaky’ people – don’t panic, it just means unique, rare or unusual, remarkable, an ‘only one of’. Each of us is unique and therefore unusual, remarkable, and . . . well, freaky. We each have our individual weirdness, it’s all weird – there is no normal. We are the beauty of the world- all the freaky people make the beauty of the world (Michael Franti). All the freaky, free_key people make the beauty of the world.
free_key.com mission statement
-welcome everyone into the family of God
-share the good news
-listen to each other, kids and adults
-discover our gifts, we’ve all got some
-worship together, praise God and Jesus
-participate as we feel comfortable
-enjoy ourselves, have fun
-relax, be ourselves, make misteaks, misstakes, mistakes, mistaykes . . . errors.