Kairos is an experiential faith community in which we nurture our spirits, honor doubts and questions, and work to relieve suffering in the world. We offer everyone space and voice to honor their stories and explore mystery, and we are ok with there not being “one right answer.”
Kairos is a faith community where all are welcome. We embrace diverse ways of understanding and practicing Christianity. We don’t have a building and usually meet in homes or third spaces. Right now during COVID-19 we are meeting online.
I feel like I’ve been a part of the First Century Church.
(You’ll fit here) if you’ve been hurt by a church, if you’ve felt hurt because of all the things that you hear on the news using the word “Christian,” how it’s been hijacked to mean different things.
This has been a healing place, as well as a place to be challenged and to grow.
Join Us For Worship
Thursday 8pm ET – Evening Prayer
Sunday 11am ET – House Church
Join Us For Service
Welcome Church/The Well shelter
Bucks County Opportunity Council
We go down (to The Well) and bring a meal, and we stay and just be with them…through their stories we can see that they are people just like the rest of us.
…When you go down to Philadelphia and see someone sleeping on a park bench…you think, “Did I have Communion with you?”
Our Core Values:
Inspired by Jesus Christ as a model for living a full, rich life, we aim to make faith and spirituality part of everyday life. It’s not just a Sunday thing!
We form deep spiritual community, so we can walk with each other through the difficulties of life as well as the joys. 21st Century life is a roller coaster, and we ride it together. (Never so much as during the COVID-19 pandemic, which moved our house church gatherings online and opened new opportunities for us to serve local food pantries and services for those experiencing homelessness.)
We give each other grace to live into our questions — whether they are about God and the Bible, the meaning of life, “How much is enough?” or “What is the Spirit calling me to do?” And we recognize that there can be more than one “right” answer to any question.
Kairos’ call is to experiment with “new” ways of being church — even if they are really ancient. (Our house churches are inspired by the witness of the first Christians in Acts and by Martin Luther’s 16th Century vision of home gatherings.)
We explore living faith, focusing on the essence of Christ’s teachings (which resonate with other historic religions). We try to eliminate much of the baggage that has hurt and discouraged people. We realize the church hasn’t always been loving and accepting. We repent, and we aim to do better.
Our spiritual leaders (not just the pastor) raise ideas and questions to help us dig deeper and understand so we can apply the revolutionary message of Jesus to our daily lives.
Kairos lives out radical welcome for all people. We believe God’s love is for everyone, whether you are Christian or not; are black, white or brown; suffer from affluenza or pride; are experiencing homelessness, addiction, or anger with the church. And the best part is that God’s grace is free — we don’t have to deserve, or earn, or get all cleaned up to experience Divine Love.
In our worship and other gatherings, everyone is welcomed, heard, and given voice. Your questions and your stories will be honored.
We strive to be a safe space for anyone struggling with life and their spiritual journey.
If you are looking for a church where you can hide in the back pew and not be noticed, Kairos is not for you. (Well, yeah, we don’t have pews.)
We believe that everyone has gifts to bring. In worship you can bring a question, a song or poem, a prayer request, a need. Leadership of the gathering is shared. Anyone can offer to host a gathering or contribute food (once that is safe again).
The flow of God’s love sends us out into the community to share what we have with others. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ, St. Paul writes in Galatians 6:2. We have a history of bearing the burdens of people experiencing homelessness through Philadelphia’s Welcome Church and The Well shelter and the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Street Outreach Program, to people suffering addiction through a local treatment facility, and to people experiencing food insecurity through neighborhood food pantries.
How would you like to help?
Visit with us
Because we meet in homes, we do not post the addresses of the homes where we gather.
If you want to learn more about Kairos, you can set up a phone call or a coffee by contacting our pastor/developer, Bob Fisher.
Kairos Communities is part of a progressive mainline denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are an authorized worshipping community of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. We have our own ethos and worship that is not your grandmother’s Lutheran church!