I am one of the many people who have moved to Santa Monica recently and I can say that I am more than proud to call this place my home. My husband and I chose to move here out of a potential list of five cities he was eligible to be promoted to. It ended up coming down to either here or up the coast near Redwood National Forest. We actually became so divided on the issue that we had to make a list of pros and cons for each one and even then it was hard to decide! Ultimately the factor that drove us over the edge towards Santa Monica was their reputation for having a great school system. Our two young kids are in preschool now and as concerned parents we are always looking out for their best interest.
Now that we are here and all moved in I think it’s about time we focus on some other important phases of our lives that were disrupted because of the move. We’ve already established a new dentist and family doctor but this week the goal is to find a new church in Santa Monica. To be honest in the past few years we have been so busy because of the girls and all of their out of school activities that we haven’t gone to church nearly as much as we usually do. That isn’t a trend we plan on continuing so it’s imperative that we find a congregation and a church that we feel comfortable with and that is a great fit for us. I know we won’t be able to replicate our last church and it’s wonderful congregation, but perhaps we can find something that suits us even better.
Perhaps if I point out a few of the things we loved about our last church that will help you all in giving us recommendations. Oh yeah, it might also be helpful for you to know that we are looking for a Christian church, one with a healthy congregation but nothing too big, we aren’t looking to be part of a thousand person super-church.
What we loved about our last church was how open they were to newcomers. You didn’t have to be a citizen of that town and you didn’t even have to come to church often or ever before, every person who came in to worship was treated like a child of God because that is what they are. I can recall many times when homeless people would wander in off of the street, probably half looking for food and warm shelter, half looking for salvation. Nobody looked at that person as a dirty individual who should be pitied, they saw things for what they were which is an individual who is in need of help. The teachings of Jesus tell us that the rich will not get into heaven and that we should help those less fortunate than us, I remember that whenever I think of those poor souls. My hope is to find a Christian church in Santa Monica where my kids can learn great values.
Calvalry Church of Pacific Palisades
701 Palisades Drive,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272