WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT US Planning to visit our church? Any time of year is a good time to visit and we look forward to seeing you. Everyone is welcome. Every week you can expect an uplifting worship service. You will hear inspiring preaching that each week reminds us of God's unwavering love for us. The thought-provoking sermons shed the wisdom of Scripture on the challenges of living today. All our services "honor the old while embracing the new," with a beautiful combination of traditional and contemporary prayers, readings, and music.
If you are thinking about visiting with us on a Sunday morning and have some questions about our service, here is some information we hope will be helpful to you.
When does service begin…and end? The service begins at 9:30 AM and runs for about an hour. On the first Sunday of the month there is a time for informal food and fellowship immediately afterward What should I wear? We want you to be comfortable. At our church, you'll find some people dressed in casual weekend clothes and others in their traditional "Sunday best." Nobody's keeping track of what you wear – we're just happy to see you. Are children welcome? Yes! We are committed to sharing our faith with our children and youth. From infants through high school students, all young people are welcome. We offer Church School during the service and all children – particularly visiting children – are made to feel welcome and included in the morning’s activities. If you have very young children, you may be worried about their behavior – what if a baby cries? What if a toddler is squirmy? Don't worry. If bringing your children to church means packing a coloring book for a toddler or walking around as you rock a baby, you will get support from our community. We are glad to have families with us. Will I be asked to participate in the offering? The offering is a time for our members to support the church and its ministries. If you are a guest or visitor, there is no expectation that you will contribute. We are just glad you came. What kind of music will there be? Music is an integral part of worship. We sing a variety of traditional and contemporary hymns. Communion The sacrament of communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month. We have an open table meaning that anyone can take communion including children. You do not have to be a member of this church or any church to participate. We use grape juice – not wine – to remove any hurdle from anyone sharing the sacrament. What if I'm not sure what I believe? No problem. Everyone's faith journey is different. Some members of our congregation are lifelong Christians for whom this church has always been a home. Others grew up in a variety of denominations, but felt pulled toward faith as adults. And still others are coming from a secular background, exploring spiritual feelings that are just emerging. Most likely, you'll find someone at our church who is in a similar place as you. Will I be asked to introduce myself? We're a friendly bunch and likely to come over and say hello, but no one will ask you to stand up and introduce yourself. For some people, church is very social, and for others, it is more of a meditative and quiet time. Do what feels right to you.
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