Updated: Jan 24
Visiting a new congregation can feel uncomfortable. New faces...unfamiliar names...uncertain about what you should expect...we get it. But don't worry about those things. We don't have a dress code, so whether you're more comfortable in a suit and tie or jeans and a t-shirt we want you to feel at home here. Piercings? Tattoos? We're not here to judge. Just come as you are. We'd just be thrilled to have you with us!
Our worship is simple. You won't find much flashy here (just like the worship you read about in the Bible). Here are a few things you can expect...
Bulletins are available every Sunday. They contain a list of announcements, our updated prayer list and a brief outline of the sermon. Feel free to grab one on the way to your seat.
Don't be surprised if several people greet you when you arrive. Our members love to have new visitors! We aren't trying to be nosy. We just want to introduce ourselves and get to know you. You might be given a visitors card and maybe even a small gift with some information about us. You aren't obligated to fill it out, but if you would like to, you can put it in the collection plate that is located on the rolling cart.
Our Bible studies are simple. Sometimes we provide a handout so you can follow along. Typically, we study a subject or a book of the Bible.
Our gatherings are simple. One person typically leads the study but we try to foster an environment that welcomes participation. We believe that every person has their own insight, perspective and experiences they can draw from. The more comments people make, the more interesting the class is. You are more than welcome to participate in the discussion. We love it when you do!
Don't worry or be embarrassed if you don't know the Bible very well. All of us have been where you are at one point. The Bible takes some time to become familiar with, so if you need help finding the verses we are discussing, someone would be more than happy to help get you pointed in the right direction. And if you don't have a Bible of your own and would like one we can provide one (free of charge, of course).
Before our classes or worship assemblies begin we may make a few brief announcements. Typically, this period is used to update our members about people who have been sick or in the hospital or mention others in need of prayers. We might also announce upcoming events or other information that pertains to the congregation.
The one thing you might find most noticeably different during our worship is our singing. We sing acapella (without musical accompaniment).
Various prayers may be offered throughout our worship assemblies. Prayer is a central part of our worship, since it is our opportunity to petition God.
We take communion every Sunday. Jesus asked His disciples to do so remembering Him. (Luke 22:19). We honor His command to do so, reflecting on His death and the blood that He shed, offering us the forgiveness of our sins.
The early church also collected funds from time to time in order to finance efforts to spread the gospel, help to others in need and support church leaders. Our visitors shouldn't feel obligated to give but you are also free to give if you wish. Our worship assembly is simply a convenient time for us to collect funds to meet our financial needs.
During worship, you can expect to hear a Bible-based lesson presented. They usually cover a passage of scripture or a particular topic in a way that is designed to help us increase our understanding, improve our lives, to strengthen and encourage us or to warn us against dangers. Often, slides are presented to reinforce the lesson and help the audience follow along.