Because we are God’s Beloved in Christ, united in the Spirit we...
Like a tree that draws life from the river of God’s love,
We affirm the power of God the Creator, the salvation of Christ our Redeemer, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We affirm the Bible as God’s Word and the New Testament as our rule of faith and practice. We affirm that we are shaped as followers of Jesus and people of faith in community: it is important that we worship, fellowship, learn, and grow together. We believe that the good news of Jesus Christ is meant to be shared. We value people of all ages and all backgrounds and of every race. We support gifts of the Spirit when they are evident, and seek to develop and encourage each person to use their unique gifts for Christ and the church. Every person matters to God; each person matters to us.
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Pastor Rosanna McFadden
Welcome in the name of Jesus Christ!
Whether you are a believer, a seeker, or a skeptic, there is a place for you at Creekside Church. We are a family of faith who are committed to hospitality. We would like to meet you! You are invited to Sunday worship, and you may use our grounds at any time.
I have served as a pastor at Creekside since 2011, but have been a member here since 1996. I am married and have three adult children, all of whom grew up at Creekside. This has been a place where we received the love of Christ and were challenged to grow in our faith. My goal is to share that love and the call to be followers of Jesus with others.
I grew up in the Church of the Brethren; Brethren history, theology and family connections have been a significant part of my formation as a person and as a pastor. My education at Manchester University, N. Manchester and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart have called, challenged, and equipped me for ministry.
May God bless you and keep you.
B.A., Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana, 1985, English literature and Vocal Performance
Marita Barsoda, Administrative Assistant
Marita has been working in the Creekside office since 2012. She grew up in the Church of the Brethren and is a member of Rock Run Church of the Brethren in Goshen. She has a B.A. from Goshen College.
The Creekside office is open most weekdays from 9am-1pm. Our contact information is at the bottom of the page.
|Our grounds are open at any time. We have a Prayer Garden, labyrinth, playground and basketball courts which anyone may use.
In the summer months, our community gardens produce enough to share.
This spot for prayer and reflection is located north and west of the church building and is accessible by a paved sidewalk. There is a pergola with swings at the entrance, limestone paths curve through the garden, and bridges take you across a flowing stream. The garden was designed by a member of the church and installed by volunteers in 2007-2008. It is a beautiful spot any time of year.
This tool for meditation and prayer is a circular path which leads inward and turns outward. Creekside’s labyrinth is in sight of the Prayer Garden, on the northwest side of the church building. The paths are lined with brick and concrete block; you may walk on the grassy space in between. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. Put anxiety aside and open yourself to whatever comes—an image, a new understanding, a faith walk, or renewed joy. You may learn more in our Labyrinth Brochure.
Seed to Feed Garden
These vegetable gardens are a partnership with Church Community Services in Elkhart. In the late spring and summer you can see the property east of the church building bursting with peppers and squash, and bristling with tomato stakes. There are apple trees planted along the fence line, too. Volunteers plant and care for the gardens, and Creekside donates the produce to CCS and to our neighbors. You are welcome to pick fresh vegetables for yourself or your family when they are in season.
|We would love to have you join us for congregational activities, but we are not renting out our building for weddings or other large gatherings at this time.
What are Sunday mornings like at Creekside?
Worship begins at 9:30 and lasts an hour. It is a casual gathering with a mix of traditional and contemporary music, prayer, and preaching. Worship is followed by Fellowship Time and Sunday School. Children are always welcome; we currently are not offering childcare during worship, but your family can watch our livestream at the church from a Sunday School classroom. Our building, classrooms, and restrooms are handicapped accessible. You may access the worship service remotely at youtube.com/CreeksideCoB or find a recording of the service on this website (under Activities & Resources).
What happens during the week?
Creekside has a number of ministry teams which organize worship, outreach, and Christian education activities. We have regular events for children, including a summer Vacation Bible School. Check the Upcoming Event link for the latest information. Volunteers are always welcome. Volunteers who work with children are required to have a background check. We follow a Child Protection Policy.
What ways can I connect with Creekside?
There is contact information at the bottom of this page. You may phone or email the church office in order to ask questions, schedule a visit with the pastor, request prayer, inquire about renting the building, make a donation, or volunteer with one of our ministry groups. You may follow our livestream on YouTube or look at the Creekside Facebook page. Read our Social Media Policy here.