There has certainly been plenty of snow this year, although every time it comes, it seems to stay for a few days then melt away. When the snow does stick around and especially on announced school snow days, King’s Grant Fellowship on West Main Road in Portsmouth has become the premier place for parents to bring their kids to go sledding and snow tubing!
“Our lot is more full on a snow-day than on a regular Sunday for church” says Pastor Robert Rosinski. ‘Pastor Bob’, as he’s commonly known, informed his congregation at a recent church business meeting that they’re going to take snow days to the next level.
“We’re going to open the doors, let parents come in with their kids to use our restrooms, warm up with some hot-chocolate” announced Pastor Bob. He continued: “Imagine: You get the kids all bundled up, you load the car, you spend time inflating those massive snow tubes, getting light-headed in the process, you finally make it to our campus to enjoy some family fun and within 10 minutes you hear the famous words: ‘I have to go to the bathroom’… and the frustration escalates!”
With the recent launch of a new website, both parishioners and neighbors can view when King’s Grant Fellowship be able to provide this free service to the community.
“Our goal is to help families make the most of their family time, that’s what it’s all about. That’s what WE as a church family are all about.” Pastor Bob explained. “My grandkids have spent countless hours on the hills out front and if I or my son is here with the kids and we happen to notice that someone needs to use the restroom, we certainly let them in, but it’s never been advertised. We want people to know that 1: You’re more than welcome to sled here, and 2: On Days when we have the ability too, our doors are open for you. Come in, Warm Up and Enjoy the time with your family! Don’t worry about tracking snow or sand in, JUST COME IN!”
Of course, the doors are open every Sunday from 9am until Noon for church: “If you’re on the hill sledding with your kids and they need to use the facilities, you are most certainly welcome to use them at those times as well!” Although he admits, you may hear music or preaching during those times, but it’s no problem. If you’d like to stay and listen for a while, the invitation is always there!
Kings Grant Fellowship was started in 1990’s. When Pastor Bob and his family moved to the area in 2001, the church was about 40% community residents and 60% Military Families who were here for a brief period of time based on their orders or assignment. While that ratio has varied at times, they are currently seeing the biggest change with 90% of the attendees being community residents and 10% Military Families. The church has gone through other changes as well: some harder than others. In 2010, Pastor Bob’s oldest son Jeff passed away while mountain climbing with his brother Greg of Tiverton, and 2 other friends in Colorado. At the time, Jeff was serving as King’s Grant’s Associate Pastor heading up Children & Youth Ministries.
Despite the trials and changes over the course of Pastor Bob’s tenure, the church has continued to offer a place where people can Anchor their life in Christ, in the Word, and in Love. “We are here to provide a resource to the community: both for our parishioners as well as our neighbors” says Pastor Bob. “There are other services that the church provides space on a regular basis. The opportunity to provide restrooms, a cup of hot chocolate, and a place to warm up on ‘Snow-Days’ is just another way we can serve the families in our community.”
The Snow-Day hospitality may or may not happen on all snow days, and will likely be for a 2-3 hour period on the days when it can be facilitated. Those interested are encouraged to sign up for email updates via the church website, or check on the King’s Grant Fellowship Facebook page for updates and announcements!
To learn more about the King’s Grant Fellowship or to sign up for the Snow-Day emails, visit kingsgrantfellowship.com or check us out on Facebook!
For more information or to set up an interview with Pastor Bob, please contact him at the church office at 401-683-0505.