How long are your worship services? The first service is just about an hour long, starting at 9:00am and ending right around 10:00am. The second service is a bit longer and a bit more fluid in length, starting at 10:30am and typically ending somewhere in the vicinity of 11:45am. See the Worship page for more details.
What do you do during your worship services? Like most evangelical churches, the sermon is the centerpiece of our worship services, typically lasting 30 to 40 minutes. We also sing 4-6 songs at each service, traditional hymns at the first service and contemporary songs at the second service. And we always pray, usually several times.
What should I wear if I attend? Our regular attenders and church members span the full range of fashion choices on any given Sunday, from suits and dresses to jeans and sandals. We allow folks to decide what sort of clothing will help prepare their hearts and minds to encounter our loving God, whether more formal or more casual.
What do you do about money? We pass offering plates during our weekly services and periodically talk about money because Jesus talked about money and the Bible teaches that our hearts and our finances are interrelated. And we consider financial giving to the work of the church as an act of worship, as one of the ways we are invited to partner with God in the amazing work He is doing all around us. But we often say (and genuinely mean it) that we have absolutely no expectation that guests would contribute financially when they worship with us. It is our hope that the worship service would be our gift to you, that you would have an opportunity to encounter God. See the Giving page for more details.
What should I do with my kids? We think that our worship services are dynamic, meaningful, and inspiring, but they tend to be geared more towards adults than kids (with the exception of a handful of kid-centered services sprinkled throughout the year). During first service, our nursery is available from birth to preschool. And during the second service, in addition to the nursery, we are blessed with exciting, growing children's ministry programming (Route 252 and First Look) where new children are warmly welcomed. Check-in for all of the children's ministries on Sunday mornings takes place at the Check-in Center in the Gym Lobby. See the Kids page for more details.
How do you practice Communion? We typically participate in Communion (known as the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist in other faith traditions) on the first Sunday of each month. We invite anyone who has entered the family of God through a relationship with Jesus to participate in Communion with us, no matter their denominational background. We usually distribute the Communion elements of the bread and cup by passing plates through the rows of chairs, though we sometimes utilize other approaches for making the elements available to participants. And we try to make gluten-free elements available every time we partake of Communion.
What if I have a prayer need? We have opportunities for folks with prayer needs to receive prayer before our worship services, after our worship services, and throughout the week by our staff team and the prayer chain. See the Prayer page for more details.
What if I have some questions? You are welcome to contact the Church Office by phone between 8:00am and 4:00pm during the week or by email anytime. Or, you may connect with one of our pastors in the front of Sanctuary or in the Lobby after a Sunday morning service. See our Contact page for full information about how to get in touch with us.