We are a community of very different people from varying backgrounds who come together in a common worship of Jesus Christ and reliance on the Scriptures. We welcome you to explore this website and get a sense of who we are. If you have any questions, please let us know!
The Orchard is part of the Free Church tradition (churches in Europe who remained separate from the control of the state). First Evangelical Free Church was established in Carmichael in 1961. Over the years, the church shared its good times and difficult times. After a “chrysalis” period of replanting and revitalization, we emerged in 2016 as The Orchard.
Who are we?
There is a sense of family and belonging here. We don’t care about being the flashiest show in town; we want to worship God in spirit and truth, and study the Bible deeply and meaningfully. We aren’t interested in playing church. We aren’t particularly traditional or trendy—we want to be real. We strive for excellence in everything we do, but also enjoy the freedom to raise our hand and ask a question if something doesn’t make sense. The best way to see who we are is probably to just come and visit! (See here for information about when we meet.) But you can also check out some of these resources:
Our church association: the Evangelical Free Church of America