"Father...Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven."


You’ve probably Googled your way to this website looking for some information about Joyland. No worries, we promise to share stuff about us; hopefully, in a way that helps you. But if we may, before we talk about Joyland we would love to talk about Jesus. Web experts say our 21st century attention spans only allows us to stay on a web page for 59 seconds. If we only have you for 59 seconds, we would rather talk about Jesus than about us, so here goes…

Jesus is amazing.

The more we get to know Him, the more we discover there is so, so much more to know. He is the son of God, and He’s God Himself. He’s the only person in all the Cosmos that actually, through His own life and personal experience, knows God the Father, and He’s the only one who can reveal God as our Father to us. That’s unbelievably important because, for you and I, knowing Jesus and His Father as our own is the key to our eternal life. It’s true! Your life and mine, both now and after we die is totally in Jesus’ hands. But don’t worry – He loves us and has it covered. He is in His Father. We are in Him. He is in us.

Jesus is in our daily lives in ways we overlook.

Jesus made everything that exists. He keeps it all running. All the predictable things we count on every day to get by (the sun coming up, the sun going down, coffee getting the motor running in the morning…that sort of stuff) He keeps together by His command. If we learn to look, we will see and experience Him in all of it.

He is your reconciliation with God.

To be reconciled is to have a good relationship restored after a bad break. Jesus absolutely, once for all time and for every person, solved the problems of your and my selfishness, sin, and failures. That stuff makes a mess of our lives. Most of us assume it has also created some sort of un-breachable wall between us and God. It does throw up a barrier from our side for sure, but not from His and our Father’s side. Jesus, once for all time, blew through that wall without ever losing sight of His Father, grabbed us all up into Himself, crushed the life and death out of our sins, and brought us and our heavenly Papa back together. The result: Yes! It’s party time!

Did I mention that Jesus is AMAZING!

Jesus has done it all…perfectly. He has so thoroughly accomplished everything that needed to be done or undone to set things right between us and God, that our only job is to believe in Him. He is in among us and so willing to be known. Belief in Him is the way we experience the benefit of all He has accomplished on our behalf. When we give it up and begin to believe in Him, life begins to get fun!

It has been more than 59 seconds!

Thanks, we we’re glad you stayed…

And that brings us back to Joyland.

Simply put, Joyland is about Jesus. We are addicted to His presence! We’re people committed to believe in Him with everything we have. Our worship is all about Him. Any studying or teaching we do from the Bible or from life in general is simply to get to know Him better. Any ministry we serve one another with is done with Him as a partner. We are even learning to relate to one another by looking to see what Jesus is making of us right now…and then celebrating what we see Him doing. We don’t have many rules. About the only one is this:

Look for Jesus in every person and in every circumstance you encounter.

This is proving to be a fun way to live. If you should choose to visit Joyland, trust us, that is how we will be seeing you…as someone in who’s life and heart Jesus is already working – and absolutely loves.

We would be honored if you would drop by and enjoy Jesus with us.

12 Comments, RSS

  • Kim Neel

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    April 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning….I have been looking for a church that is not to big/not to small & one that makes me feel comfortable when I go. What size is your church? Do you teach directly from the Bible? Is it a dress up affair or come as you are comfortable in jeans looking nice. I am not a keeping up with the “Jones” kinda person & have run into that so many times and that’s why I don’t return. I am looking to find the closeness of God & His teachings and to meet a great bunch of new people. Are the services only on Saturday @ 6:00? I am very much interested in finding out about your church.

    Am looking forward to a response from you! Thank You & Have a Great Day!


    • Larry McKnight

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      July 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Kim, Joyland is a total come-as-you-are church. Not only in dress, but in the honesty of your love for, questions about, and walk with Jesus. You will be totally welcome, and you will find a great, warm, loving group. We’re not perfect, but we are learning to live fully in the One who is.

      We meet Friday evenings for our main weekly gathering at 6:00pm (or as early as you can get there) for a meal. It will probably be BBQ. It’s not a pot-luck, so no preparation on your part. Just show up (even late if need be) and enjoy the food and fellowship. Then service will begin at 7:00pm.

      There are a few bible studies, discussion groups, dinner groups and other gatherings of small groups throughout the week and the month. Some of those are listed here in the website.

      We look forward to meeting you.

      Larry McKnight, Pastor, Joyland

  • David Dorty

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    April 24, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    One of the things I love about Joyland is the “opportunity to experience the supernatural.” There are a lot of churches that “talk” about a supernatural God and a supernatural experience but very few that combine the 2 and think that that is the normal thing to do. It’s a normal thing to do because of Who God is who and what He has made His children. It’s about God! And that’s okay because God is all loving us. That’s His nature.

  • Brittany Odle

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    July 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Heyy my hubby and i have been looking a Spirit filled Church. Your Church looks like the Church we have been lookimg for. I am studying to be a early childhood education teacher and my husbands ordained to be a Pastor. Is this an acts 2 Church?

    • joylander

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      July 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Dear Brittany,
      Thanks for writing Joyland. I am not sure what your specific question is regarding whether or not Joyland is “an Acts 2 church;” however we are a five-fold ministry church, believe that the Holy Spirit is indwelling, personal, and leads us to daily interaction with God the Father. Please feel free to email me at deborahfrst01@gmail.com and I will answer your specific questions in detail. Our service is on Friday night, 7pm, but if you arrive at 6pm, we have a family-style dinner and time of fellowship. We would be honored to have you join us and we would love to get to know you. We are a very informal bunch, so dress comfortably and casually. Deb Frost

      • Brittany Odle

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        July 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

        It says on your website you go to each others houses. Thats awesome 🙂

    • Larry

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      August 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Hi Brittany,

      If I understand your question, the answer is yes. In Acts 2, we witness the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the believers gathered in the upper room, and we learn that this promise (prophesied in Joel) is for all who would receive it.

      We believe and receive that promise. We recognize that we live, worship, work, study, and and play in a real, active and intentional partnership with Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is amazing, and is a genius at giving life and revealing Jesus in us, to us, and through us to the world around us. We would welcome you and hubby to check us out. Look me up when you come! I look forward to meeting the two of you. Pastor Larry

  • Stephanie simpson

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    August 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I am looking for a church and yours sounds like what I am looking for. I especially would like to get in a Bible study group. Can you tell me when you offer Bible studies? I would love to become an involved member as I am single and do not work.

  • draft picks

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    September 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine
    but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that,
    fantastic blog!

    • Larry

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      September 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thanks for the heads-up.

  • Ara

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    September 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I like it when people get together and share opinions.
    Great website, continue the good work!

    • Larry

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      September 19, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Thanks! We do too.

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