If you've ever thought about attending a new church for the first time but had second thoughts, wondering about what the service might be like or what was available for your kids, then this page is for you. We want to let you know what to expect when you come to a Sunday morning worship time with us so that it is easier for you to enjoy your visit.
After you park your car, the left tee of the sidewalk will take you to the main entrance, where a friendly greeter will meet you and answer any initial questions you might have. If you have very young children, the nursery is located adjacent to the restrooms at the other end of the building.
This year our children's Sunday School (up through grade six) starts at 9:15 AM. at the same time, a prayer group meets, and there is an adult Bible Study Group.
At 10:15 AM everyone gathers for the welcome, and opening songs. Our worship service has a blend of contemporary and traditional elements, in recognition of the relevance and freshness of the new as well as the enduring value of the tried and true. Services usually start with a time of singing, called Praise and Worship, where we come before God and offer ourselves to Him. Praise and worship is an important response for the believer to God, and so all are encouraged to participate. On most Sundays the music is led by G2, our praise and worship band, and most of the selections are contemporary with a few hymns blended in. Some of the songs will probably be unfamiliar to you, as well as to others in the congregation, since new songs are regularly being introduced.
After that the children are invited forward for "Children's Time", which is a short story or illustration for the children related to that week's sermon. After the children's time the younger children are dismissed for children's church for the rest of the service, and Pastor Bruce gives the sermon. The sermon usually lasts twenty to twenty-five minutes, and there is an insert in the bulletin to aid in following along.
On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, the third part of the service is celebrating God's gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Our Communion celebration is open to all who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and desire to walk in His holy ways. This time begins with the call to communion, followed by a hymn and a shared liturgy such the Apostles Creed. After this those partaking come forward and receive the bread and the cup (which is grape juice).
The service ends with our response to God's presence and to His Word. An offering is taken, and then a final hymn is sung. Since you are a visitor, all that we would ask you to consider putting into the offering plate is a "Visitor Card", which you will find in the pew pockets. If you fill out this card, we will put you on our postal mailing list for several months to keep you informed of opportunities offered through our family of faith. This will probably only entail one letter per month. And of course, we will keep your information confidential and will not distribute it.
After the service is over all are invited to stay for some refreshments. This is a good opportunity to learn to know people a little better, and so we hope that you will stay for a few minutes or more.
Hopefully this introduction to our Sunday worship services has given you a much better idea of what to expect when you visit us. We look forward to meeting you and hope that you will enjoy your time with us.