Thin Places

By Travis Hendershott, Partnership Coordinator

Growing up in the Springs, it’s easy to see Downtown as the center of the city. Perhaps not geographically, but I’ve seen it be the heartbeat of this 450,000 or more populated and 6,000 ft elevated town. If anyone ever visits or stays at my home, the first place we go is the Downtown area. I truly believe that it is the best depiction of both the thriving and broken in the Colorado Springs area.  

Next Step Colorado Springs stays at First United Methodist Church during our mission trips. And yes, FUMC is in the center of the city, in the heart of Downtown. I cannot begin to explain how spot on it is partnering with this church in the best area we could have asked for.

I recently attended a Wednesday night youth gathering at FUMC and was pleasantly surprised. On this particular night, the youth were the ones leading the service. We all sat circled around the altar while students shared scripture, prayed, played music, and together shared what was on God’s heart for us that night. Each of us were anointed with oil, lit incense and then sang a song to the Lord.

I’ve heard about places or even times that are thin. ‘Thin’ meaning that heaven and earth are so close that it reveals a sacred and holy presence. Within this church, at the center of the city, in the heart of Downtown – thin places are coming about. I’ve experienced His love first hand in that place. A love that’s not about talking but about doing, getting out there and serving, loving, and praying for the community. Thank you FUMC for allowing us to come into the thin places with you, I pray each of us are ever changed by His presence.


For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
   who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
   and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
   and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Isaiah 57:15

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