Our Name

Why WatersEdge? That’s a great question. WatersEdge is the new name of Shorewood Church of God. Which has been in its present location since 1958. Same leadership, theology, ministries and connection to Church of God of Anderson. The name change was something we prayed over for a couple years and decided to make the plunge in 2021.
Some of the most formative conversations in Scripture happen along the Waters Edge. In thinking about who we are and how we interact with Jesus, John 21 and the restoration of Peter keep coming to mind. We think that this is believers' growth.
In this striking interaction, Peter, who has been disgraced by denying Jesus, is restored by Jesus. In a beautiful heart-wrenching moment, Peter is restored in relationship with Jesus. For many of us, just when we thought we were not good enough, not qualified, not smart enough, not trained enough, or not worthy, Jesus steps in and restores us. So, remember there is redemption in everyday life, and to keep getting blessings, begin online donations for Churches.

Our Heritage

Waters Edge is a church within The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). The Church of God is a worldwide movement of people seeking to fulfill God's desire for the church. We are committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out.
The Church of God movement appeared in the 1800s in the midst of the broader American Holiness Revival. The pioneers of the Church of God hoped to restore a more biblical understanding and practice of what it means to be the church.

Our Beliefs

One of our early church songs says: ``The Bible is our rule of faith and Christ alone is Lord.`` That still summarizes the core belief of most Church of God people. While we have been hesitant to issue any official belief statements, these beliefs reflect the heart of the Church of God movement:
  • Salvation makes us members of the body of Christ. We believe that the church is composed of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We enter into the life of the church, not by joining a denomination or a human organization, but by committing our lives to Christ.
  • The body of Christ is one, here and now. We believe that God calls all Christians to live in unity and peace. While Christians may not agree on all things, we can embrace the spirit of Christ in caring concern for one another. Jesus is our common foundation, and love is our only creed!
  • All members of the body of Christ are to live a holy life. We believe that God’s standard of life for all Christians is one of moral purity and godliness, to live as Christ. As God’s people, we represent Christ in this world.

In addition to these beliefs, we embrace these core biblical values:

  • The Lordship of Jesus Christ: There is one Lord, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, over the church, so Christ is the church’s ultimate authority in all things.
  • The Great Commission: Each of us is called to fulfill Matthew 28:18–20, making fully devoted followers of Christ—disciples—who will then teach others to follow him.
  • The Great Commandments: We are called to fulfill Matthew 22:37–39, not only loving God with our entire being, but also loving all that he loves.
  • The Holy Spirit’s Work: God’s Spirit equips believers with unique gifts that enable us to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. At the same time, the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in every believer (Galatians 5:22–23), which demonstrate the Spirit’s presence within us.
  • Stewardship: All of life is to be used for the honor, glory, and service of God.