Hello! Welcome to The Clay... your “home away from home”.
Our primary goal is to ensure you feel welcome and safe in the house of the Lord, a place where you can feel free and be yourself. We are a united family and enjoy our fellowship together to praise, laugh, share, have fun, and eat together—yes, EAT! As a group of culturally and ethnically diverse people, we invite you to join us at our services and events and be a part of our close-knit family.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” – Ephesians 2:19.
A little bit of history
Heintje, Yuli and their two kids moved to Arizona from Southern California in 2007 with a vision to plant an international church where people from various background can come together to build a community of hope and family of faith.
They started the church with 3 others in their house by laying foundation of what God has given them (behind the name). Soon the Lord multiplied and gave them opportunity to meet with a family who is willing to use the house as a place of worship. The Lord continued to bring people to the church to the point that they have to start looking for a bigger place of worship and step out in faith by signing a lease in a 3,800 sqft. strip mall. They renovated the place together and after two months the place was opened for everyone from various backgrounds to worship.
To this date, God continues to pour out his blessing upon the church and the hands-on pragmatic teaching of the Gospel is heard every time they come together.
BEHIND THE NAME
The name "The Clay Church" was taken from the word "Clay". The clay itself is hugely symbolic, biblically. There are many references in the Bible to God as the Potter and to us as the clay. The clay, as it is formed, fired, and made strong, is analogous to the life processes that form people and make us strong, beautiful, and useful. Man was created from the clay of the earth, according to Genesis 2:7; since the words "clay" and "dust" are often used interchangeably. They both refer to soil or earth from the ground.
The word "formed" in this passage means to "mold" as a potter molds the clay. We became like broken clay because of sin. We were under the sentence of physical and spiritual death, but the bodily resurrection of Jesus restored and renewed us just like the potter renews the clay. God is the great Potter, and as the sovereign God, He has the right to create, or to remake any man, and the clay has little to say about the matter! The story of Gideon sums up the meaning behind this.
God asked Gideon to attack the Midianites and the Amalekites. Their armies, according to the Bible, were like the sand of the seashore. Yet God asked Gideon to fight them, not with 22,000 soldiers, but with only 300! Gideon was able to defeat these enemies, not by using advanced weaponry, but with trumpets and empty jars with torches inside of them. The trumpet is a symbol of the presence of God, and the jar made of clay symbolizes us who need to be broken in order to let the inner light shine through (Judges 7:7-22).
We as humans are mere vessels of clay, but we were designed to hold and contain priceless treasure which is the spirit and the soul. The vessel is not nearly as important as the treasure which it was designed to contain and reveal. That was how Gideon defeated his enemies - with the presence of God and the light which was shining through the broken clay.
The Clay Church was formed to manifest the presence of God, so that the light in this molded clay can shine in the surrounding community.