What To Expect

We know that attending a new church can be intimidating.  We want you to know that our intent is to make sure you are greeted warmly and made to feel welcome.

Here is what you can expect from our worship service:

We have a team of greeters at every entry way.  These friendly individuals can help you find your way around our building.  Please do not hesitate to ask them questions, they are there to help you.

For families with babies we have a staffed nursery downstairs.  One of our greeters will be happy to take you down there.  If you want to keep your baby with you we understand.  In the back of the auditorium is a quiet room you can use to take your child to during the worship service, if needed.  If you have a child between the ages of 2 1/2 – 5 years old a special class will be held for them.  They will be dismissed to their class prior to the sermon.

SINGING:

We have a tradition of singing a cappella (without musical instruments).  If you like to sing, please join in!  If you are not familiar with the songs or don’t fell at ease singing, you can just listen.

PRAYING:

Jesus prayed extensively and taught his disciples how to pray to God.  We will set aside a few moments in our worship to thank God for his love and pray for those in need.  Feel free to pray yourself, or engage in the prayer of the one who is praying.

LORD’S SUPPER:

There will be a time when we pass around trays with wafers and grape juice.  This practice began as the Jewish Passover feast and Jesus intends the practice for Christians to be a memorial to him.  The bread symbolizes Jesus’ body he willingly gave on the cross as a sacrifice for sin; the juice symbolizes Jesus’ shed blood.  We use this time to earnestly think about Jesus’ sacrifice together.  Participation, while intended for Christians, is open to anyone.

OFFERING:

We will take a moment in our worship to collect money from our members to help those in need and to aide in spreading the gospel.  It is a chance for our members to express their faith by sacrificing monetarily.  Guests are under no obligation to give.

RESPONSE / INVITATION:

At the conclusion of the sermon, the minister may offer an open invitation to anyone who wishes to become a Christian to come forward and be baptized.  It is also open for anyone who wishes to share their burdens to those who care and ask for prayer requests.  If you have any of these needs, feel free to walk to the front and speak with the minister or an elder who will be there to assist you.  Feel free to speak privately with our minister or elders after services if you prefer.