What to Expect
It is difficult to visit a church. We have been there. You want to find a church, but the unknown can be intimidating. We hope this page relieves your anxiety and encourages you to come check us out.
How We Dress
We are informal and casual, but at the same time we ask for a little modesty. We have people who like to dress up and we have members who wear blue jeans and t-shirts. We know that God is interested in the heart and we also know that trying to dress for a standard can be expensive and exclusive. God is not a respecter of persons and we shouldn't be either. Again, we want you to dress comfortably, but just consider others so that your attire is not a distraction from the message of the Lord.
Where We Meet
We rent a suite in an office building. When you first come in you will find yourself in a short hallway with the door to the nursery on the right and the door to the Sunday school room on the left. Keep going down the hallway and you will find a water cooler then the main meeting hall at the far end. The meeting room is about 550 square feet and easily holds 50 chairs.
We have a motto for our Nursery, and it's taken from scripture:
We do not require babies to be in the nursery, but it is provided as a service and only staffed with volunteers. Each family and child are different. Some children will behave perfectly if they can stay with their parents, others have a difficult time being still for as long as a service might take, so we provide the nursery as an option. We encourage parents to train their children to sit with them in church from an early age.
How We Meet
We begin each service by singing approximately three hymns. During the first hour on Sunday morning, we will have a bible study that is an open dialog format and welcoming of questions. The young children are given an option of attending a Sunday School lesson. But again, it is an option and not required, especially if a child wants to stay with the adults and can conduct themselves in a manner that does not distract from the meeting. Each child matures and grows at different speeds and has different needs and we try to work with that.
This first service begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends normally at 11:00 a.m. At that time, we take a little break so that people can use the facilities, etc. A few minutes later the song leader will call out a hymn and that is our cue to come back together. If we sing, they will come. We sing one hymn and a scripture song, give announcements, then sing the scripture song again to put the word of God in our hearts. Occasionally there will be special music. We do not have a pianist or organist at the present time, but the music is divine. We have one or two violinist and sometimes a soft drummer and an ocarinist. At this point, the preacher will bring a message that God has laid on his heart. The services usually conclude around 12:15 p.m. We do not ask our visitors to stand up and be counted, but we will ask you to fill out a visitors card. Nothing happens if you refuse. If you fill out the visitors card, you will not be visited the next day. We typically send a note letting you know in more detail how to contact us if you have any questions about the church or would like a personal visit from the pastor.
Our evening meetings are quite different than the morning ones. Because of what we find in scripture, we believe in having a venue for the members to exercise their gifts and minister one to another by sharing scripture. It is also a learned process, and the results are such a blessing. No one is asked to speak. There is no song leader, anyone can call out a song that they feel led to, then after a few songs, the floor is opened up for anyone who has a message on their heart. This "open" meeting may take some time to get used to, and to learn how to share something that glorifies God and builds up the believers. It also takes a few times to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16,17. You cannot go wrong with sharing scripture. That is the key, we don't encourage reading poems, letters, books, etc. We want to share scripture which builds our holy faith. We focus on scripture because of Romans 10:17: "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." These open meetings are meant to build us up, and nothing works better than hearing God's word. In accordance with 1 Corinthians 14, after a few (2 or 3) speak, the pastor usually closes out the meeting with a word of prayer and/or a song. It is not necessary that each member speak at each service. If we let the Holy Spirit lead, it is very well orchestrated.
On Sunday evenings before the open meeting, we have the Lord's supper and on Wednesday nights after the open meeting, we take requests for prayer. We also ask for any praises. We then pray as we feel led. Again, no one is asked to pray, it is only as they feel led. After a season of prayer and when there is a lull, the pastor/elder will close out the meeting with a song.
Come See for Yourself
We hope that this helps you to feel more comfortable visiting us. We are a friendly church and no one gets lost in the crowd. There is a lot of love in this particular family unit of God and we believe you would have to go a long way to find something better! Come and see for yourself!