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Posted: September 18, 2009 12:30 a.m.

A new home for Living Way Worship

Brittany Thomas/

A time for reflection: Living Way Worship Center recently opened a new facility, just before their first anniversary. There will be a concert at 7 p.m., and there will be many other events throughout the month.

Living Way Worship Center International is celebrating their one-year anniversary at their new location on 4051 Highway 81 south and invites the community to join in the special activities this weekend. The festivities begin with a free Christian rock concert featuring Builders None. The concert begins at 7 p.m. — doors open at 6 p.m. Autographs, CDs and T-shirts will be available. Sunday morning will include a celebratory time of praise and worship with Builders None and a time of reflection as they thank God for giving them an opportunity to reach lost souls for Christ.

"Our church will never be judged by the number of people who attend, but rather by the number of people it has impacted," said Bishop Tim Needham, senior pastor of LWWCI.

They first held services at Kay’s Kiddie Korner with approximately 40 people. In their fifth year of ministry, the church continues to reach the community and the world by building bridges. The Bishop gave examples of how they are connecting to people through their motorcycle ministry, "Spoke ‘N For" and through ties with Trinidad, London, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. In some areas, people travel 15-20 miles to church to hear the gospel. LWWCI members Mike and Barbara Kinyanjui have helped to extend the church’s ministry to Kenya.

"You can not come here and play church because the spirit is so strong, it will convict you," said Needham. "What happens here follows you home, sleeps with you and gets up with you. If people will repent, God will forgive them. Until they repent, their prayers won’t be answered and nothing that they put their hands on will be blessed."

Youth Pastor Robert Thomas says the youth are extraordinary and have demonstrated this through their theme, "Sacrifice Deserves Extreme Praise." They raised $30,000 in six months to pay for a trip to Washington, D.C., on October 15-17. The group is registered to go to the White House and plans to offer praise in forms of song and prayer at local sites.

"Our goal is to teach the teens to build a relationship with God," explained Thomas. "We have started a new Junior Bible College on Wednesday nights. It is based on the same curriculum as our two-year Bible College. They will learn how to be one with God from the moment they wake up in the morning to the point that they are comfortable not only with the word of God and speaking to others about God, but will also have the knowledge of how to apply it to their lives."

Both Needham and Thomas emphasized the power of prayer and are teaching the youth how to break generational curses by speaking words of life, rather than the "woe is me" that is programmed through media.

"The words they speak have legs," said Needham. "For example, when you say, ‘I’m sick and tired,’ you will become sick and tired. Or, if you say, ‘I’m scared to death,’ you will be scared. These words are tactics of the enemy. We are educating these children so they don’t have to go through the things that we went through."

Thomas says that the youth have a special anointing on them. Ranging from 15 years old to early 20s, they are educated in the word of God. On any Sunday, you may see 15 to 30 youths laying hands and praying in tongues.

"When they are out in the world, we don’t have to worry about the enemy attacking them because we have given them the tools to have a relationship with God," said Thomas.

Pastor Stacy Needham oversees the praise choir and youth dance and praise team at Living Way Worship Center. She and Bishop Needham have three children — Tyler, Garrett and Makayla.

Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday followed by Praise and Worship at 7:30 on Wednesday. Friday Night Fire is offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

"We want everyone to know how super motivated and excited we are — come and see the difference and the passion that we put forth in all of our services," said Bishop Needham.

For more information on LWWCI, contact Bishop Tim or Pastor Stacy Needham at (770) 728-0280, lwwcga@gmail.com or visit www. lwwcga.com.

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