"Lord, to whom would we go?

You have the words of eternal life."

John 6:68

Welcome to Bowman Church

Thank you for visiting our website! We are a church in Cottonwood, CA dedicated to the faithful and joyful worship of God. You can learn more about our history here. As we have entered the year of our Lord 2023, our eagerness to serve our congregation and welcome new people continues to grow.

Please consider browsing our content to get to know us, or read about it here. Also consider joining us Sundays at 10AM in worshipping our great God. If you want to know what we believe as a church, click here.

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So: who are you, Bowman?

We're glad you asked. Below are some common questions or wonderings that folks have about our church; and, for your convenience, we've given the answers, too.

Where is the church, and when does it meet?

Overlooking the alfalfa field across the street, Bowman sits nestled past the fire station and before Del Norte Drive on Bowman Road. Our church has been in the area for 60 years, by God's wonderful grace. Our body meets on Sunday mornings at 10AM for our main service, but we also have an Adult Sunday School at 9AM, and, most nights, an Evening Service at 5PM.

Is there anything available for my kids?

Yes, most Sunday's (if there is a teacher available) we will have children's church. The kids will participate with the rest of the congregation for music, greeting, announcements, prayer, and the reading of the Word, but may transition to children's church during the sermon.

An important note: this is not a requirement for any family. We are thrilled you brought your children with you, and would be just as thrilled if they remained during the sermon. God's house is open to all, and the Lord, himself said:

"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." — Matthew 19:14

We also have a midweek ministry for Grades 1-8. Grades 1-5 can register for free for TruthSeekers, and Grades 6-8 can register for free for Awana Trek. These ministries have a schedule that follows the local school, Evergreen. If you have questions on the schedule, contact us.

What's the music like?

One of the great blessings of Lord on his church has been the gift of music, and the talents to play it. We are privileged to enjoy an excellent mixture of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs. From the triumphant, Reformation-era praise of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" to the precious truth of "In Christ Alone", you will find many of the Church's treasured songs sung in our sanctuary.

Our musical style (that is, what kind of instruments are used) is essentially modern: acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, piano, drums, a trumpet, and, of course, singing.

As with all things, theology matters. And, as has been said, "bad theology hurts people." Most importantly, we want God to be pleased with the music we sing — with no hint of taint or drawback. Therefore, we guard what we sing as closely as we guard the preaching, for singing is, itself, a powerful and unique form of teaching. With this in mind, our song selection takes into consideration things such as: who the author is, what their current ministry is like, and the truth in the lyrics. Finally, we're confident that there's something for everyone at Bowman—whether you're a fan of contemporary praise or those old, dusty hymns!

Who are you affiliated with?

Bowman is not affiliated with any denomination, nor are we against such affiliations.

How is your church structured?

Bowman is overseen by a board of Elders who are responsible for the administration and running of the ministry. There is a team of Deacons who help with the practical, hands-and-feet needs of the church. Bowman also adheres to a form of church membership, though it is not meant to be exclusive; rather, it is meant to include all believers who identify with Bowman as their home church.

Are there opportunities for fellowship and service, outside of the Main Service?

Absolutely. We have a number of small groups at the church for various purposes. Helping Hands, for example, is a ministry that cooks meals and supports families in need. There are a few home groups that would happily welcome newcomers. We have a Men's Fellowship and a Women's Fellowship, and many events throughout the year for interested volunteers to participate in. 

What do you believe, theologically?

This is, potentially, one of the most pressing and important questions of our day. We have compiled a Statement of Faith to answer this question. You can view it here. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is the preaching like?

The primary preaching responsibilities are the privilege of our Lead Elder, Mark Lugg. Pastor Mark typically preaches through books of the Bible, but will preach standalone sermons on occasion. Other speakers will fill the pulpit, such as visiting speakers or other Elders. Whoever fills the pulpit, the expectation is that what is said humbles the sinner, exalts the Savior, and promotes holiness. These things can only be accomplished through faithful extraction of truth from the pages of Scripture.

I'm interested in Bowman. How can I connect with the church?

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Service Times

Sunday Mornings

10:00 am

Sunday Evenings

5:00 pm