Shatter Your Perspective of Church at The Chapel in Tarpon Springs
The Chapel Community Church is a non-denominational Christian Church that has become very popular with local residents for its combination of modern and classical Christian elements, its commitment to family and worship, and its Bible-based focus on themes that everyone can relate to.
Conveniently located in Tarpon Springs at 2795 Keystone Rd. just west of East Lake Rd., people come from all over the bay area to worship at The Chapel because of its high energy, technologically savvy, come-as-you-are approach to living life as a Christian. The sign on the door says it all, for they believe that, “the Chapel is not just a place you go to, but a place you go from.”
Pastor Mark Quattrochi was serving as Executive Pastor at Grace Family Church in Lutz, when he and his wife, Trisha, had a calling to plant a church of their own. Part of the ARC (Association of Related Churches), their new church opened in January of 2010, and originally shared the same name. “Pastor Q,” as he’s lovingly known, completely remodeled the space and created a church where everyone is welcome to be a part of The Chapel. This year they changed their name to The Chapel, and their logo, which is an image of a mosaicstyle stained glass, represents how people from all different backgrounds can come together for one purpose, to find their God-given potential.
A Brooklyn New York native, Pastor Q has said, “We’re a non-denominational church. Just a bunch of Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal people who are united around a common purpose: To worship Christ together, grow together, and to leave the church together and change our surroundings for the better.”
One of the many things that make this church unique is its approachability. There’s no stuffy dress code, there’s no high pressure form to fill out on the first day, and there aren’t any hidden agendas. The straightforward, transparent and relevant messages that people come to hear is wholly Biblebased, and Pastor Q’s sermons are on relatable topics such as parenting and strengthening relationships through Christ. Many times a year, The Chapel offers informative multi-week series that are relevant and modern. Based on God’s word, they tackle subjects such as “I’m Not Happy,” which is a topic that recently spoke to people’s hearts about the emptiness that many of us often race to fill with stuff, or food, or whatever we’re hungry for in that particular moment, vs. that feeling of complete contentment that you have when you first understand that you are loved by God and are first filled with His love.
Pastor Q likes to say, “We spend an enormous amount of time pointing people scripture.”
The pastoral staff at The Chapel who all work together to help create a community of worshipers; from pastoral counseling to family ministry, The Chapel is a community of people who follow Jesus.
The services, on average, are 75 minutes long. “We place a high value on music or worship during the weekend services; it’s contemporary in style and designed to inspire you. The worship music is what you would hear on a local contemporary radio station to a classical hymn, and the lyrics cover modern topics that we believe the bible has the answers to,” says Pastor Q.
People who come take notes, they sing, and they laugh – they come to learn how to apply the bible to everyday life. They have a great time on Sunday, and then they go out into the real world where they apply their faith. At The Chapel, church isn’t a destination, but a way of life.
He adds, “Really, we’re just a bunch of people. We’re from different backgrounds, different life experiences – trying to figure faith in Christ out together.”
Every first Tuesday of the month, Pastor Q, his wife Trish, and their incredible support staff have an informal gathering where people can come to learn about what The Chapel is all about. People can find out about the many group activities, children’s programs, and outreach possibilities at this meeting. More than a time to gather information, it’s a chance to really meet the people who started it all, ask questions and get better connected and to find out if The Chapel is the place for you and your family.
The Chapel knows that attending church with little ones in your lap can make for a chaotic experience, and that is why they wanted to create a place where parents could come and really receive the message.
On Sunday, there are two adult worship times, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m., and while the parents come
in to worship, the kids ages infant–8th grade get to take part in supervised activities all over the campus where they can play, learn and grow.
“The Clubhouse” is the place where the little ones go on Sunday mornings. There, the 0-Kindergarten age group play, learn about Jesus and just have a good time while their parents are in church. “The Zone” is a high-energy Nickelodeon-type experience for 1st–5th grade, and there the kids take part in all kinds of fun activities while learning and studying about how to live Christian lives even at school. For the 6th–8th grade set, The Chapel has a program called “Murge” which is a fantastic title for the group that is specifically designed to help these pre-teens merge into adulthood; this program equips students with information to live the life that God has intended for them and strives to instill morals that are so important at that time in their lives.
High school students love to take part in “The Element,” which meets on the first Friday of every month. An interactive time coupled with live worship music all performed by students makes this a great place for junior high and high school students to connect. There are many students’ small groups that meet throughout the week, these groups focus on growing spiritually through relationships.
Groups aren’t just for kids, there are more than 50 groups and no matter what season of life you are in, there is a group for you to get involved in at The Chapel; whether you’re into motorcycles or fly fishing, there’s a group there for everyone, which just gives people the chance to hang out and worship while doing things that they already like to do, whatever that is – from knitting to skating.
“We meet all over the community in Pinellas County,” says Pastor Q. From small groups of people with like-interests, to missions that dig wells in third-world countries, the parishioners at The Chapel are committed to bringing their faith beyond the walls of their church and into the community, which is why the staff helped to create myVillage, which is the name that they gave to their community outreach programs. From partnering with existing organizations like HEP (Homeless Emergency Project) of Clearwater to helping orphans or single moms, volunteers take on projects that help the community that we share. From serving the homeless to helping orphans or single moms, The Chapel wants to be a part of the community and help people know that they are not alone, and most of all, that they matter to God.
These are just a few of the reasons that their slogan about The Chapel not just being a place you go to, but a place you go from, really fits the bill.
What they’re doing is clearly hitting home with a lot of local residents. Pastor Q says, “We are very fortunate to already have over 1,000 people in weekly attendance in 27 months.”
If you are looking for a place to worship that really speaks to your way of life, you should see what everyone is talking about and visit The Chapel in Tarpon Springs. If you’d like more information, their website is extremely informative and it gives you the chance to see Pastor Q’s weekly messages.
The Chapel Community Church is located at 2795 Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs. Service times are 9 and 11 a.m. every Sunday. Office hours are Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.TheChapel.cc or call (727) 560-1015.