Our history began as a dream with a number of families meeting in a home in Woodlake in the fall of 2005. In the spring of 2006, we began a Sunday worship service at Spring Run Elementary School with about 90 people in attendance. In the winter of 2011, we moved to a larger space at Swift Creek Middle School. In the summer of 2013, we moved into our building at the front of Woodlake.
However, our story is more than a history. It is interwoven with the place in which we live and the people we live with.
360. 288. 76. To most they are just numbers. To those of us who live here they are crossroads in this emerging area of Richmond. This landscape is marked by the intersection of highways and the construction of new neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. The hustle and bustle of life marches on sweeping us up along with it.
This landscape is also marked by water. The James River and Swift Creek Reservoir are places of beauty and tranquility amidst the pace and pain of life. The reservoir has an abundance of water necessary for our lives, but there have been times of drought when you could cross parts of it on dry land. While we strive to achieve we also recognize a need to conserve—to have a reservoir.
The hustle and bustle of our growing place carries over into our lives. We start new businesses or work to expand the ones we are in. We and our children are involved with schools, sports teams, golf leagues, and community or professional associations. We have dreams to pursue and goals to achieve. And so we enjoy living the good life with friends. While generally happy as people in Midlothian, we never quite seem to be fully satisfied. We thirst for something more.
We want peace and rest both physically and spiritually. People have always had this need for rest and thirst for refreshment. Jesus said, “Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We have been made by God to achieve and to desire peace and rest that will one day be realized in a new heaven and new earth. It will be a new community of humanity that lives in perfect peace and harmony.
In the mean time we live in the tension between brokenness and paradise. We all face similar experiences—death, job changes, and marriage troubles to name a few. Our society is fragmenting even as we try to hold it together. But God is using Spring Run Presbyterian Church to take the unraveled threads and frayed ends of our lives and re-weave them into a beautiful tapestry. When Jesus came to us he began to fashion a new humanity and he continues to do so as we forge an authentic community of people through life’s joys and struggles, its victories and defeats.
It is not a perfect community, but it is an authentic community of faith where people are free to be themselves. The great thing about new communities is they are not formed in isolation—they require different people from different places to come together. So we value friendship with you and look forward to the new community that we can form together.