We get it. Worshipping at a new church can be nerve-racking. Although there is no wrong way to worship, it might be helpful to know what to expect.
WHAT TIME IS WORSHIP?
8:00 AM: This is a quieter, more contemplative service with traditional Elizabethan language (thee, thou). It contains readings from Holy Scripture, a sermon, prayers and Holy Communion. Music is sung the first Sunday of every month. This service lasts about 50 minutes.
10:15 AM: Along with with readings from Holy Scripture, a sermon, prayers, and Holy Communion, this service includes a broad mix of contemporary and traditional hymns and a choir. This more-lively service lasts about 75 minutes. Learn more about the order of worship here.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear whatever is comfortable for you. We’re a pretty casual place, but you might see some folks dressed up a bit.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
There are several signs that will point you to the sanctuary (church building). Enter through the white double-doors at the edge of the sidewalk. Upon entering, you will receive a bulletin that contains the order of service. If you have children, be sure to grab a children’s bulletin, some books from our book rack, or a blue worship bag, which has activities for children. You may sit wherever you would like.
WHAT ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE?
Children and teens are an integral and valuable part of who we are. We welcome and love the squiggles and sounds of children in worship. We have a children’s bulletin, a basket of books and activity bags outside both entrances into the church. At the 10:15 service, there is a nursery on the second floor for children 4 and under if your child would be comfortable with more room to play. On the 1st Sunday of the month we have a special moment for children during the 10:15 service. Children’s Chapel, a special worship service for children, takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. You can read more about our children’s ministry here.
DO YOU CELEBRATE HOLY COMMUNION?
Yes! Holy Communion is at the heart of our worship, and we invite all baptized Christians and those seeking a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ are welcome to feast on this meal of thanksgiving. This is God’s table, not our table. You are welcome to this table of unconditional grace, love, and hope.
AM I EXPECTED TO PUT SOMETHING IN THE OFFERING TRAY?
No. Your presence is your gift. As a matter of fact, many people donate electronically, either through our website or through their bank, and don’t put anything in the tray per say. If you do feel led to share the offerings of your life and labor, know that we are grateful for your donation and use to support our life together, including work in the community and ministry to one another inside the church.