What to Expect Sunday Morning
Coming to a new church can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the church scene. Here are answers to some common questions to make it a little easier. If you have more questions, come ask us!
- What should I wear?
- Who goes to this church?
- Where do I go when I arrive?
- What about my kids?
- What is the service like?
- Why does this church do what it does?
What should I wear?
You can wear jeans. You can wear a suit or a dress. None of us are made presentable to God by what we wear, only by the work of Jesus. So come in what you find comfortable and respectful.
Who goes to this church?
We’re a congregation that ranges in age from newborn babies to people in their nineties and comes from all walks of life.
We’re here for people who don’t have a church home, for those who have maybe never been to a church in their lives, and for those who are seeking to know more about God. We’re a church for those who may have been turned off by religion, but who are still open to the idea of drawing nearer to God.
Where do I go when I arrive?
When you enter our building for the worship service, you can expect to be greeted warmly and handed a bulletin that will outline the morning service. The sanctuary is upstairs with lots of room to sit and Bibles in every pew that you are welcome to take home with you.
If you come in time for Sunday school, both adult and children’s classes meet on the lower level, which is also where the restrooms are.
What about my kids?
Children of all ages are welcome in the worship service. For those with babies or children under 5, we have a nursery staffed by caring volunteers. To find the nursery from the main entrance, go downstairs, turn right past the restrooms, then turn left, and the door will be on your left. We also provide childcare during Sunday school, along with classes for all ages, from preschool through adult.
What is the service like?
Our worship service is designed to give every person an opportunity to be brought near to Jesus. We have quality musicians who help us to sing from the heart. Our music is a blend of both traditional and contemporary styles. Throughout the service, the Bible (and therefore, God) is central to what takes place. The weekly message from the pastor, based directly on the Bible, is meant to be both practical and inspiring.
We do not recognize visitors in any special way during the service. We want you to feel comfortable just to “check things out.” However, if you’d like, we’re more than glad to answer any of your questions, get to know you better, and have you get to know us, too. Many people hang around for a while informally after the service. Additionally, if anyone has a need for prayer, the pastor and others are glad to pray with that individual or family.
Though we receive an offering during the service, do not feel any compulsion to participate. You are welcome to do so, but this time is intended for our members to contribute to the church’s ministry.
Why does this church do what it does?
We’re a church that’s committed to living out the Christian life in both word—through preaching, Bible studies, and Sunday school—and deed—through serving our neighbors.
In short, we try to be consistent in what we teach and do with the Bible’s main message: “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19a).
We’re a church that serves our community and gives stuff away for free,
- because God himself freely gave His Son, Jesus, to us, and
- because he cares for both our eternal destiny as well as our daily, practical needs.