Currently livestreaming worship gatherings
Because of the threat posed by the coronavirus, we are still meeting virtually. Our in-person worship gatherings will begin again on May 23, 2021. We will be following all CDC recommendations, including requiring mask-wearing indoors, providing sanitation stations, and encouraging social distancing for folks who are not yet vaccinated. For the time being, coffee will be served outside before and after the service. For those who cannot meet in person, we will continue to livestream our worship gatherings.
Since 2016, Vintage Fellowship has been serving Northwest Arkansas from Fayetteville. Vintage is defined by four values - authenticity, creativity, experiments, and community. We are striving to be the most authentic church in the world, a place where you can really be yourself. We are creative, often trying out new ideas and practices. We are experimental. It's ok if we fail sometimes; there is always something to learn from that. And we are a community, a group of people loving each other as best we can.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Everyone Is Welcome
When we say “everyone is welcome,” we actually mean it. Vintage is a congregation for anyone. Regardless of your religious background or current spiritual journey, at Vintage you will find a place where you can be yourself. At Vintage, we reject patriarchy and recognize the need for feminine leadership and teaching. We are also an open and affirming community where anyone can find a home, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
We are a “come as you are” congregation. In our worship gatherings, you will be invited to participate at your comfort level. We incorporate music, teaching, art, and activities to engage your mind, heart, and body. We celebrate communion every Sunday. But no two worship gatherings are the same.
We offer a staffed nursery for children up to age 4. Children in elementary school are welcome to participate in our children’s ministry, led by loving and caring adults. All of our children’s workers have undergone background checks and training to help ensure the safety of your kids.
HOW WE BELIEVE
We think that how you believe is just as important as what you believe. We are trying to be a community where doubts and disagreements are met with grace and acceptance. Most churches make you believe and behave a certain way before you can belong. At Vintage, you can just belong.
We organize our beliefs in three concentric circles. First, there are core, Christian beliefs that have defined historic, orthodox Christian faith throughout the ages and across the globe. In the core circle, we affirm the life-changing impact of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as found in the inspired and inspiring story of the Bible. Second, there are confessional beliefs that describe a local congregation. For us, we affirm the practices of communion and baptism, as well as women in leadership and the full participation of the LGBTQ community. Third, there are convictions, beliefs about which we acknowledge, and even encourage, disagreement. At Vintage, we’re always asking the question, what can we disagree about and still be a faithful community of love and grace?
Our small group ministry takes the form of Experimental Collectives, which we lovingly call ExCos. ExCos are designed to give us the opportunity to practice the way of Jesus in a safe and loving environment. These action-oriented groups are experiments. Some work great and others fail miserably. We’re ok with that. Typically, ExCos are short bursts - five or six weeks at a time - focused on living out some aspect of faith - Authenticity, Simplicity, Purpose, Truth, and Community. New rounds of Experimental Collectives get started every few months. You’re invited to participate, whether or not you regularly attend our worship gatherings.
It is truly an intergenerational church where young and old alike learn, grow, love, and serve together. The friendships I now enjoy are deeply caring and accepting. I’ve been able to drop my mask and experience grace in action.
Vintage Fellowship quickly became a safe place for people and families who were struggling – people who could not keep wearing their masks and pretending that everything was alright.