Over the years, the castles of Fox Meadows have been a lot to a lot of people.
It is above all a place of marriage. My wife and I have photographed many weddings at the Castles, and I have also officiated at several weddings.
It is indeed a beautiful installation. In addition to weddings and gatherings of all kinds of occasions, it has hosted a number of different churches over the years on Sunday mornings when the facility was normally empty.
Few couples get married on Sunday morning.
The Castles are located at 13600 Xavier Lane in Broomfield, just east of the intersection of Sheridan Boulevard and 136th Avenue.
I recently went there to attend the Vista Church worship service, and was glad I made the trip.
Vista Church is not your ordinary start-up church. It is the creation of Senior Pastor Brandon Hoover and Pastor Kory Brunson. Both pastors were part of the ministry team at Crossroads Church in Denver. I should mention that the Crossroads Church in Denver is unrelated to the Crossroads Baptist Churches in Northglenn and Thornton.
Hoover and Brunson decided it was time to start a new church on their own, and their first location for the new church was the Church Ranch Event Center. They met there on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., just after another church held services.
Another downside was the lack of air conditioning, and while they were at the center of events, they continued to look for a more permanent home. Vista Church at their new location meets at 10:30 am, and it’s a much better time to get people to come to church.
When I arrived at Vista Church, it was obvious to me that the two pastors had taken quite a few people with them to the new church at Crossroads Church of Denver.
By the time the service began at 10:30 a.m., there were at least 350 people attending worship. There were still places available, of course, but I was quite impressed with the number of people who came to Vista for worship.
At this point, I have to be honest and tell you that I have known Kory Brunson and his parents for several years.
I was acting pastor at another church where Brunson was the worship pastor (before going to Crossroads), and his parents attend the same church as I do now.
I’ve heard him sing several times at Coors Field during Rockies games, and his band spends a lot of time performing in various venues across the country. He has produced a number of albums and is currently working on a new project that is about to be released, according to his Facebook page. For more information about the band, you can check their website at korybrunsonband.com.
So, although it is a âstart-up church,â it has an established membership base and worship team that has been involved in churches for a number of years. The church service itself is contemporary in its music and composition.
The service begins with 25 minutes of worship music conducted by Brunson and his band. On the Sunday I was there, Communion was served during this time. I understand they offer Communion once a month.
After the worship music, there are announcements and then a message from Pastor Hoover. The service lasted a little over an hour.
The current messaging service is titled âGod @ Workâ. The purpose of the series, using the book of Nehemiah, is to emphasize that the Bible talks “more about what God does than what we can do.” By going to the church’s website at vistachurch.net, you can listen to past sermons in the series.
Vista has already started groups for the men and women of the church. For men, there’s Men In the Word which meets Wednesday mornings at 6.30am. Seriously? Yeah. 6.30 a.m.
The women’s group, called Unstoppable Women of Faith, is taking a break as they meet on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
The men’s and women’s groups are currently meeting at the Church Ranch Events Center. It is located just north of Church Ranch Road and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard.
They are currently running activities for men and women designed to bring people together in the fellowship. For children and youth, there’s VistaKids for Newborns to Grades 5 and VistaYouth for Grades 6 to 12. There are also a number of Bible study groups located throughout the Denver metro area.
I have a feeling Vista Church will do very well and continue to grow.
A very important part of a church is the way they treat newcomers, and I was very impressed with the way I was received. I was warmly welcomed in the parking lot and at the entrance to the ChÃ¢teaux, and I enjoyed a cup of coffee before the start of the service.
There is a Vista information table for people to ask questions, and I left the church service with a good idea of ââwhat the Hoover and Brunson team were trying to accomplish to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the website, you can call the church for information at 303-358-6387.
If you are looking for a church house, Vista might be the one you should consider. I always recommend that people visit a church for three consecutive weeks. By doing this, you get a feel for what is going on in church in the long run. By going only once, you may be led to an impression which might not be accurate.
Fortunately, there are enough churches in the Broomfield area to help anyone looking to find a church for their family.
Email George McHendry at [email protected]