By Jasmine Willis
WAYLAND — A local ministry has found a new place to call home in the center of the community.
Redefined Church began its ministry in December of 2018. It opened the doors as a non-denominational church for anyone who wanted to hear God’s word. For two years it grew out of the home of Pastor Nick Lincoln.
It had outgrown its space in the church room located within Pastor Nick and Leah Lincoln’s home during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
As many churches had to reinvent themselves during the darkest days of the pandemic, so did the little congregation resting within Redefined Church. The Lincoln’s began ministering online via Facebook Live for several months. On Easter Sunday they held their first ever Drive-Thru Worship Service, and this sparked yet another idea. With lots of consideration and prayers the church began worshipping within a large tent for several months.
On Oct. 4 Redefined Church held its first ever service in the new location. The Lincoln’s have rented the Little House on Third Avenue Extension in Wayland for their newest place to worship in the colder months ahead.
“We were praying about a new location for our church. The Little House felt like a good fit for us. We spoke with the members of the (Little House) board and they had nothing going on here on Sunday. We decided we would be here for at least six months,” Nick Lincoln said. “It felt like home on the first day. It is a new season for us at Redefined Church.”
Redefined Church still plans on having table events and small groups in a home environment.
“The whole reason we started table events was to give that feeling of home. We want to keep having them at someone’s home,” Nick Lincoln said. “We want to keep having small groups in someone’s home too. I like the feeling of getting outside of a building and welcoming people into a home. It brings us all together. That is why I started out church in my home.”
Nick Lincoln said he is very excited to be in the center of Wayland and right next to the school. He hopes to be able to reach the youth of the community. He and another local pastor are in talks about ministering to the youth.
“It is definitely nice to be in Wayland. This is the right season to be in town and ministering to the community. We are still planning on doing something with the youth. We had planned on working with the school before all of this (Covid 19) happened. We want to get involved with the youth, because they need help growing in Christ,” he said.
Redefined Church took a two-year journey through the Gospel of John. Now they are entering the Book of Hebrews.
“We started out with the Gospel of John. That is the best way to start the Bible. We talked about believing and having eternal life. Now we are going to talk about what that all means. Hebrews addresses a deeper understanding of Jesus and what we are all to overcome. Hebrews is about endurance and perseverance in faith. This was a good place to go next. To talk about the need for faith,” Nick Lincoln said. “I am excited to see people get excited about the Word of God. You don’t have to be afraid to read your Bible. You will get a much deeper understanding of your Bible the more you study it and read it.”
Nick Lincoln said he felt called into ministry a few years back, and he had to answer that call by faith. He had to go where he felt God was leading him to go on his ministry. God gave him a place to minister right in his hometown.
Nick Lincoln and Leah (Hill) Lincoln are both alumni of Wayland-Cohocton School who felt led to come back to their hometown and witness to those who need it the most.
Redefined Church is located at Third Avenue Extension (Little Hose) in Wayland. Service starts at 10 a.m. You can visit them at https://weareredefined.com or watch any of the sermons on their Youtube channel Redefined Church. You can contact them at 585-728-3404 or https://www.facebook.com/weareredefinedchurch or firstname.lastname@example.org