What should I wear?
Please dress in a way that is comfortable for you. The members of our church family dress in a variety of styles. You will see folks in jeans and nice T-shirts, casual pants and collared shirts, and coats and ties. We are more interested in you, the person, than the clothes on your back.
What about my children?
We have a certified staff of caregivers who provide loving care for infants and toddlers (under age 4) in our nursery during Sunday school and worship. Children may be brought to the nursery at anytime from 9:00 a.m. until the worship service ends. We have a Children’s Worship program for children age 4-5th grade. Worship time begins with candle lighting and a blessing for each child, a Bible story using wooden figures or other concrete materials, a time to gather around the table for conversation, prayers, and food. Children may join this program at any time during the worship hour. Children of all ages are also welcome in our worship services if that is best for your family.
What happens when I arrive?
We have ample parking on the north side of our property and you are able to park anywhere. There is a covered drop-off area if the weather is poor or you have a passenger who finds it difficult to walk. A greeter will welcome you at the door and direct you to the sanctuary. The greeter can also point out the location of restrooms, the Nursery, and the location of our Children’s Worship program. You may feel free to sit anywhere in the sanctuary.
Will there be an offering?
We collect an offering each week during worship. This is an opportunity for our regular attenders to support the ministries of our congregation and a way of responding to God’s presence in our life. Our gifts to God support many of our outreach projects and ministries of our church. We hope that guests in our worship will NOT contribute to our offering, but just enjoy the worship experience and the fellowship of our congregation. When the plate comes your way, just look the other way or gently shake your head no.
What if I have trouble walking, hearing, or seeing?
Our facility is completely handicap accessible. We have wheelchairs in the building and a greeter can make these available to you. We have large print bulletins and hymnals available. Hearing assistance devices are located at our sound booth. Please mention your desire to use one of these aids to an usher or greeter.
What can I expect in the worship service?
Our worship service which begins at 10:15 a.m. can best be described as traditional in style, but not stuffy and formal. Many of our hymns come from our Church of the Brethren hymnal. Before our time of corporate prayer we welcome our members and our guests to share their joys and concerns which are then included in our prayers that day and in the coming week. The sermon usually lasts about 15 minutes. The entire worship service lasts approximately one hour. From time to time we have chancel dramas to illustrate a worship theme. Our Hands 4 Him Puppet Ministry participates in worship on the first Sunday of the month from September-June. Music is very important in our worship service. Our Chancel Choir sings on most Sundays between September and the end of May. Special music adds to our worship experience in the summers.
We are not one of those congregations who asks our visitors to stand or wear a badge. Neither do we read the names of guests in worship. You will be invited to sign your name and record your address on an attendance register located in each pew so we can send you a thank you note for helping us worship. But this is also optional. You can count on our members greeting you and welcoming you before and especially after worship.