Jan 06, 2020 • Written by Rebecca Fulcer
In It Together
Alliance PM, Appleton Alliance’s young adult ministry, recently celebrated its third summer of being a community where young adults in the Fox Cities meet together, learn more about God, and create authentic friendships over coffee and smores. As the slogan states, Alliance PM is a place where young adults are “In It Together”.
Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about Alliance PM? Anna Anvelink and Andrea Pennings who help organize weekly Alliance PM events share their experiences and what a typical Alliance PM event is like.
What is Alliance PM?
Anna: Alliance PM is AAC's young adult program. We meet on Thursday nights at 7 for large group and twice a year we do small group studies.
Andrea: Alliance PM is a community of young adults who support each other through life's joys and trials, growing deeper in their relationships with God together. The weekly service is a place for young adults to build the relationships that they crave so badly, but are too often hard to find in the church and in the "real world". Small groups are an opportunity for young adults to be encouraged by older leaders who will help them expand their circle of relationships from just young adults to a multi-generational community.
Who is Alliance PM for?
Anna: Young adults aged 18-28 and post-high school. The average age of attendance is 22.
What does a typical night at Alliance PM look like?
Andrea: Visitors can check in at the "Next Step Kiosk" to get a tour of the space and a free Alliance PM water bottle. People come before 7 to get coffee and hang out before the service. Once the service starts at 7, there is about 20 minutes of singing, 5 minutes of announcements or other activities, and a 25 minute message. The time after the service is a great opportunity to meet new people and build those relationships that Alliance PM is known for. We also go out to eat at Applebees or another restaurant to keep the fun going!
Anna: We have loved watching God use APM as a home for people. We noticed a lot of our attendees come to APM alone and/or looking for a community or church family. They have been able to come to APM and meet friends as well as attend Sunday morning services. We have also heard great stories of people who were lonely and found solid friendships, as well as stories of people who during college stepped away from their faith and are now finding who they are in Christ.
Andrea: So many Alliance PM-ers have shared how this community has provided comfort and stability in difficult seasons while also challenging them to grow closer to God and invest in their relationship with Him. One person had grown up in a traditional religious family but never saw church as fun, exciting, or life-giving until he came to Alliance PM after college and started making friends. We are so honored to be a place where people come to be truly known and fully loved - both by friends at APM and by God.
Andrea: Alliance PM is for anyone looking to form meaningful, long-lasting community after high school or college. Many people coming to Alliance PM are going through seasons of spiritual, vocational, or family changes, and they find comfort in the friendships and stability at Alliance PM.
*Photos by Indigo Holmes and Anja Gridley