OUR STORY

Sycamore Creek has brought its Curious, Creative, and Compassionate culture to the Lansing region since its founding in 2000.

Founded by Pastor Barb Flory and a group of core volunteers, SC began as a “daughter congregation” of Holt United Methodist. Each Sunday we created a sanctuary in the cafetorium at Lansing Christian School, where we grew to launch small groups and forge relationships with our community and throughout the world.

Pastor Tom Arthur took the helm in 2009, and he’s been helping us craft our vision for worship and mission ever since. Following Jesus is rarely convenient, but we aim to offer worship when it works for you, where it works for you. Church in a Diner began in 2012 at Grumpy’s Diner and moved to Jackie’s Diner on MLK Boulevard in 2013.

Worship with your mouth full at Jackie's Diner
Worship with your mouth full at Jackie’s Diner

Sycamore Creek bought a building late in 2014, moving us to permanent space of our own at 1919 S Penn. The building serves as a “launch pad” or a home base for future venues, as well as housing the Connection Cafe, our church office, and classroom spaces. Our cafe is also the spot where our teen venue meets on Sunday nights — Teen Fuel Cafe, where sixth through 12th graders can connect, worship, and ask questions about their faith.

In September 2016, lead Pastor Tom and Pastor Mark Aupperlee moved SC’s reach westward. We began exploring a strategic merger with Potterville UMC, which offers a traditional and contemporary service in its space in the heart of Potterville. The connection adds more options for SC folks to worship throughout the area and for our two congregations to become one congregation learning how to best reach people for Jesus.

The dream of launching seven satellites in seven venues on seven days of the week moved a bit closer to reality in October 2016. We added another venue — Buddies Grill in Holt — for worship, food, and friendship.

Read more about our program staff on our Staff Team page.

We invite you to find your place in our story as we continue to discern where God is calling us as a church!

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MISSION, VISION, & VALUES

We exist to ignite authentic life In Christ and fan it into an all-consuming flame.

We are committed to the following core values that are central to our mission.

Curious – Your questions are welcome at SCC. You don’t have to leave your uncertainty at the door to belong at SCC. We seek answers and ways forward together. We practice being curious in three ways:

1. Be curious about what the Bible says about a topic/issue.
2. Be curious about what others say about a topic/issue (especially those who might disagree with you/us).
3. Be curious in prayer.

Creative – We do our ministries in creative ways seeking to be rooted in a rich past of Christian history while improvising into the future. We don’t get stuck in old ruts. We are willing to experiment, evaluate, and do it with excellence. We practice being creative in the following ways:

1. Creative in ministry and mission
2. Creative in outreach
3. Creative in the use of buildings and space

Compassionate – No matter who you are or where you’ve been or what you’ve done or where we meet you, we seek to show everyone the compassion of God in Jesus Christ. We seek to meet people where they are, help them grow beyond where they are, so that we can reach more people where they are. We seek “unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and compassion in all things.” We practice being compassionate in the following ways:

1. Being fiercely focused on the guest
2. Developing diverse friendships
3. Giving compassionate service