Fresh music for local Sunday service

Published 10:14 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Worshippers in downtown Suffolk will enjoy modern music styles at a new Sunday service.

Main Street United Methodist Church will host 6 p.m. “Connect” worship services starting this Sunday. The weekly service will feature a band led by the guitar chords of David Springstead Jr., 29, with songs that deliver church messages without pipe organs, pianos, choirs and other traditional church pieces.

“We just want to make a comfortable environment, with songs that almost sound like what you would hear on the radio and aren’t intimidating for those that aren’t used to being in church,” Springstead said in a phone interview.

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Springstead started playing faith music in the youth group of Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach when he was in high school. He began leading services around 2010 and has led numerous others throughout Virginia ever since.

His wife, the Rev. Christa Springstead, is the pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Norfolk, and they have a 3-year-old son named Davey. His family follows the same message he plays to Sunday congregations.

“It all points to the same story,” Springstead said. “The gospel says that God loved us so much that He sent His son to come to earth to live among us, then sacrifice Him for our salvation.

“That’s the gospel in a nutshell, and that’s what these songs are about: giving praise back to a God that’s given us something so great.”

The services are meant to connect new faces to the existing community at Main Street United Methodist Church, especially those looking for new to attract those for “church homes,” he said, adding that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since somebody has sat down in a church.

“You’re never down and out, too dirty or have made too many mistakes,” Springstead said. “Just come and experience what the grace of God is all about.”

“Connect” services will be held at 6 p.m. on Sundays at Main Street United Methodist Church, 202 N. Main St. There will be a children’s table of activities during the service along with coffee and other refreshments. Call 539-8751 for more information.