What to expect in Worship

Let’s face it, it can be daunting visiting a church for the first time.  We want you to feel at home, so we’ll try to answer some common questions folks may have.

I’ve arrived–now what?  You might say worship starts at our front door.  Park in our spacious lot and make your way to the front door.  Specially chosen greeters will welcome you and offer you a bulletin.  If you have any questions, they will be glad to help you. Find a seat anywhere in our sanctuary, from the back row to the front.

All are welcome at Christ's tableWhat should I wear?  People dress comfortably for our worship services.  You’ll find a wide variety of attire here–from suits and jeans, dressy to casual.  It’s up to you.

What about kids?  We love children!  We have a staffed nursery for infants and youngsters through Kindergarten. Children of all ages are welcome in Worship and may sit with an adult or at quiet activity tables.

What does a service look like?  From June through September our Sunday services begin at 10 am (October through May at 11 am).  Ancient traditions weave with contemporary practices as we praise and pray, confess and commune, sing and share Scripture, laugh and learn.  We have other services throughout the seasons of the Christian calendar.

Will I have to stand up and say my name?  We wouldn’t do that to you!  As part of our worship we greet each other in the ancient tradition of Passing the Peace.  We shake hands, some may offer hugs, and we share the words, “The peace of Christ be with you.”  Some people may also introduce themselves to you at this time.

Do I have to give money?  We believe we give as a response to God’s generosity to us.  In other words, giving is a part of our act of worship.  If, as you worship with us, you are moved to give, please do so as you feel led.  Please don’t feel obligated–you are our guest, and you may let the offering plate go by as it is passed.

Should I participate in Communion?  During communion we often say, “All are welcome at Christ’s table.”  We believe that communion is a gift from God, and is open to everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journey.  It’s entirely up to you.  Sometimes we remain seated and pass communion among the rows of people.  Other times we will come forward and receive communion by taking a piece of bread, dipping it into a common cup filled with grape juice, and eating it.