what to expect
For Your First Visit
If you’re thinking about visiting with us for the first time, we’re honored! We’d love to have you join us. Here are just a few things you might like to know before you come:
- Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the examples and teachings in the New Testament scriptures.
- Our time of worship begins at 10:30 am and typically lasts about seventy-five minutes.
- Feel free to sit anywhere, there are no reserved seats.
- If you feel comfortable doing so, please fill out a “Connect Card” at the Welcome Booth located at the entrance to our campus (we use it for record-keeping and to thank our guests for coming). If there’s anything we can do to serve you, please leave us a note on the front of the card and we’ll be sure to follow up with you.
You’ll notice that our singing is done without instrumental accompaniment. We believe that a cappella congregational singing both enhances our personal involvement in the worship and follows the New Testament example (a cappella literally means “in the manner of the church,” or “as in the chapel”). Please feel free to sing along!
There will be several prayers offered during our worship time. Prayer gives us an opportunity to speak with our Father, to honor His name, to thank Him for our many blessings, and to let Him know about the things that we are most concerned about. We pray together knowing that God is listening, and we trust that His will and purpose will be done in our lives. If there’s anything you would like us to be praying about, please let us know. We would love to pray on your behalf.
We celebrate communion every Sunday, just like the earliest followers of Jesus did. Following after the tradition started by Jesus, communion is our opportunity to remember the sacrifice of our Lord, to celebrate the victory we have in him, and to proclaim his death until he returns (1 Cor. 11:23-26). Everyone is welcome to participate.
During the service, we will make an announcement to remind our members of the various ways in which they can support the work of the church through financial contributions. We do not pass any baskets, instead we have online giving options and two donation boxes located on the back wall of the main auditorium. As our guest, you are welcome, but not expected to make a donation.
You will notice that the person who preaches doesn’t have a title such as Father or Reverend (Matthew 23:8-11). He will probably be referred to by his or her first name and won’t be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments (special robes). The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9-10). We affirm that all believers are equal in God’s sight. The sermon, which usually lasts 30-40 minutes, is the time when the “good news” of God’s love and Jesus’ redemptive life is proclaimed and applied to our lives today. We believe you will find it encouraging, relevant and Bible-centered. If you have any questions about the sermon, please let the preacher know and he will be happy to talk with you.