Orchards Church
info@orchardschurch.net
1825 W. 37th Street  -  Loveland, Colorado  80538
970.667.1313
 







An Open Apology from Orchards Baptist Church

To the community, to the city of Loveland, to those that do now, and have in the past, 
lived in and around Orchards Baptist Church, and to the families and staff of Centennial 
Elementary School, we want to thank you for being good neighbors to us since July of 1988.  
In the last two years, we were able to partner with Centennial Elementary School, helping raise 
money for their programs and providing family experiences for the community.  Many of you 
joined us for Breakfast with Santa, our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, and a not-as-windy-as-we-
had-hoped kite flying day. However, in the years before this we were not as good a neighbor 
to you. We did not expend the effort and energy for our community that we should have. 


On November 27 of this year, the members of Orchards Baptist Church unanimously 
voted to dissolve and become a legacy church. 


We apologize for not doing what we said. We said that we know that the grace, 
love, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ is for everyone, and that we were supposed 
show you and tell you. We did not. We are sorry that we were not the church that we were 
supposed to be - the church you needed us to be. We said that the church was about you, but 
we made it about us. We know that the Bible says to love our 
neighbors as ourselves.  We really only loved ourselves. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for having our values in the wrong place. We valued ourselves more 
than we valued you. We valued our preferences more than we valued your needs. 
We valued our doctrine and theology more than we valued your children. We valued 
appearances more than substance. We valued our building. We somehow came to believe that 
the building made us a church. We valued our denominational label 
more than the call of Christ upon our lives. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for our arrogance. We were so high on ourselves that we made it your 
responsibility to come to us. We thought that what we valued and how we lived was so 
correct that we made sure our pastors did not lead us in any other direction, instead of 
trusting them to lead us where God wanted. And so we never went anywhere except where 
we already were. That worked for us because we believed that we had arrived. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for not being unified. You watched for years as we fought and rested, argued 
and rested, called pastors to serve - but we called them to serve us, not our Living Lord. We 
were happy when they served us in the way we wanted. We fought when they sought change 
for us in the way that God wanted. And we all watched them leave. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for the gossip and slander that we have poured out on you. We too often 
told our complaints to those outside our church, and too infrequently spoke of the hope that 
could heal your hurts. We saw you as a support group for our preferences and positions. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
God is done with Orchards Baptist Church. He still has grace, love, and forgiveness for those 
who attended here and for you. But His activity in this place will now be through other 
churches. Our hope is that they will be better for you than we were.
 
Please know that The Church at Loveland is not a renaming of Orchards. 
They are different church that is now meeting in this facility. 
Please don't believe they are us. They are not. 
An Open Apology from Orchards Baptist Church

To the community, to the city of Loveland, to those that do now, and have in the past, 
lived in and around Orchards Baptist Church, and to the families and staff of Centennial 
Elementary School, we want to thank you for being good neighbors to us since July of 1988.  
In the last two years, we were able to partner with Centennial Elementary School, helping raise 
money for their programs and providing family experiences for the community.  Many of you 
joined us for Breakfast with Santa, our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, and a not-as-windy-as-we-
had-hoped kite flying day. However, in the years before this we were not as good a neighbor 
to you. We did not expend the effort and energy for our community that we should have. 


On November 27 of this year, the members of Orchards Baptist Church unanimously 
voted to dissolve and become a legacy church. 


We apologize for not doing what we said. We said that we know that the grace, 
love, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ is for everyone, and that we were supposed 
show you and tell you. We did not. We are sorry that we were not the church that we were 
supposed to be - the church you needed us to be. We said that the church was about you, but 
we made it about us. We know that the Bible says to love our 
neighbors as ourselves.  We really only loved ourselves. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for having our values in the wrong place. We valued ourselves more 
than we valued you. We valued our preferences more than we valued your needs. 
We valued our doctrine and theology more than we valued your children. We valued 
appearances more than substance. We valued our building. We somehow came to believe that 
the building made us a church. We valued our denominational label 
more than the call of Christ upon our lives. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for our arrogance. We were so high on ourselves that we made it your 
responsibility to come to us. We thought that what we valued and how we lived was so 
correct that we made sure our pastors did not lead us in any other direction, instead of 
trusting them to lead us where God wanted. And so we never went anywhere except where 
we already were. That worked for us because we believed that we had arrived. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for not being unified. You watched for years as we fought and rested, argued 
and rested, called pastors to serve - but we called them to serve us, not our Living Lord. We 
were happy when they served us in the way we wanted. We fought when they sought change 
for us in the way that God wanted. And we all watched them leave. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for the gossip and slander that we have poured out on you. We too often 
told our complaints to those outside our church, and too infrequently spoke of the hope that 
could heal your hurts. We saw you as a support group for our preferences and positions. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
God is done with Orchards Baptist Church. He still has grace, love, and forgiveness for those 
who attended here and for you. But His activity in this place will now be through other 
churches. Our hope is that they will be better for you than we were.
 
Please know that The Church at Loveland is not a renaming of Orchards. 
They are different church that is now meeting in this facility. 
Please don't believe they are us. They are not. 
An Open Apology from Orchards Baptist Church

To the community, to the city of Loveland, to those that do now, and have in the past, 
lived in and around Orchards Baptist Church, and to the families and staff of Centennial 
Elementary School, we want to thank you for being good neighbors to us since July of 1988.  
In the last two years, we were able to partner with Centennial Elementary School, helping raise 
money for their programs and providing family experiences for the community.  Many of you 
joined us for Breakfast with Santa, our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, and a not-as-windy-as-we-
had-hoped kite flying day. However, in the years before this we were not as good a neighbor 
to you. We did not expend the effort and energy for our community that we should have. 


On November 27 of this year, the members of Orchards Baptist Church unanimously 
voted to dissolve and become a legacy church. 


We apologize for not doing what we said. We said that we know that the grace, 
love, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ is for everyone, and that we were supposed 
show you and tell you. We did not. We are sorry that we were not the church that we were 
supposed to be - the church you needed us to be. We said that the church was about you, but 
we made it about us. We know that the Bible says to love our 
neighbors as ourselves.  We really only loved ourselves. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for having our values in the wrong place. We valued ourselves more 
than we valued you. We valued our preferences more than we valued your needs. 
We valued our doctrine and theology more than we valued your children. We valued 
appearances more than substance. We valued our building. We somehow came to believe that 
the building made us a church. We valued our denominational label 
more than the call of Christ upon our lives. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for our arrogance. We were so high on ourselves that we made it your 
responsibility to come to us. We thought that what we valued and how we lived was so 
correct that we made sure our pastors did not lead us in any other direction, instead of 
trusting them to lead us where God wanted. And so we never went anywhere except where 
we already were. That worked for us because we believed that we had arrived. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for not being unified. You watched for years as we fought and rested, argued 
and rested, called pastors to serve - but we called them to serve us, not our Living Lord. We 
were happy when they served us in the way we wanted. We fought when they sought change 
for us in the way that God wanted. And we all watched them leave. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
We apologize for the gossip and slander that we have poured out on you. We too often 
told our complaints to those outside our church, and too infrequently spoke of the hope that 
could heal your hurts. We saw you as a support group for our preferences and positions. 
We were wrong. We apologize.
 
God is done with Orchards Baptist Church. He still has grace, love, and forgiveness for those 
who attended here and for you. But His activity in this place will now be through other 
churches. Our hope is that they will be better for you than we were.
 
Please know that The Church at Loveland is not a renaming of Orchards. 
They are different church that is now meeting in this facility. 
Please don't believe they are us. They are not. 
To the community, to the city of Loveland, to those that do now, and have in the past, 
lived in and around Orchards Baptist Church, and to the families and staff of Centennial 
Elementary School, we want to thank you for being good neighbors to us since July of 1988.  
In the last two years, we were able to partner with Centennial Elementary School, helping raise 
money for their programs and providing family experiences for the community.  Many of you 
joined us for Breakfast with Santa, our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, and a not-as-windy-as-we-
had-hoped kite flying day. However, in the years before this we were not as good a neighbor 
to you. We did not expend the effort and energy for our community that 

An Open Apology from Orchards Baptist Church

 

To the community, to the city of Loveland, to those that do now, and have in the past, lived in and around 

Orchards Baptist Church, and to the families and staff of Centennial Elementary School, 

we want to thank you for being good neighbors to us since July of 1988. 

In the last two years, we were able to partner with Centennial Elementary School, helping raise money for their programs 

and providing family experiences for the community.  Many of you joined us for Breakfast with Santa, 

our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, and a not-as-windy-as-we-had-hoped kite flying day. 

However, in the years before this we were not as good a neighbor to you. 

We did not expend the effort and energy for our community that we should have.

 

 

On November 27 of this year, the members of Orchards Baptist Church 

unanimously voted to dissolve and become a legacy church.

 

 

We apologize for not doing what we said. 

We said that we know that the grace, love, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ is for everyone, and that 

we were supposed show you and tell you. We did not. We are sorry that we were not the church that 

we were supposed to be - the church you needed us to be. We said that the church was about you,  

but we made it about us. We know that the Bible says to love our neighbors as ourselves.  

We really only loved ourselves.

We were wrong. We apologize.

 

We apologize for having our values in the wrong place. 

We valued ourselves more than we valued you. We valued our preferences more than we valued your needs.

We valued our doctrine and theology more than we valued your children. 

We valued appearances more than substance. 

We valued our building. We somehow came to believe that the building made us a church. 

We valued our denominational label more than the call of Christ upon our lives.

We were wrong. We apologize.

 

We apologize for our arrogance. 

We were so high on ourselves that we made it your responsibility to come to us. 

We thought that what we valued and how we lived was so correct that we made sure our pastors 

did not lead us in any other direction, instead of trusting them to lead us where God wanted. 

And so we never went anywhere except where we already were. 

That worked for us because we believed that we had arrived.

We were wrong. We apologize.

 

We apologize for not being unified. 

You watched for years as we fought and rested, argued and rested, and called pastors to serve; 

but we called them to serve us, not our Living Lord. We were happy when they served us in the way we wanted. 

We fought when they sought change for us in the way that God wanted. 

And we all watched them leave.

We were wrong. We apologize.

 

We apologize for the gossip and slander that we have poured out on you. 

We too often told you our complaints and hurts about the church, but too infrequently spoke to you

of the hope that could heal your hurts. We saw you as a support group for our preferences and positions.

We were wrong. We apologize.

 

God is done with Orchards Baptist Church. He still has grace, love, and forgiveness for those

who attended here and for you. But His activity in this place will now be through other churches. 

Our hope is that they will be better for you than we were.

 

Please know that The Church at Loveland is not a renaming of Orchards.

They are different church that is now meeting in this facility.