What to expect
when coming to visit...
Coming to a new place, especially a church can be a little intimidating. You may have a lot of questions; what are the people like? what kind of music do they worship with? are kids welcome?
Our worship style traditional(ish). That means that the service follows a similar pattern every Sunday that includes a prayer or two, hymns sung from our hymnals, an anthem by our choir, an offering, scripture readings and a sermon. However the atmosphere is very relaxed. This is the reason for the "(ish)" following "traditional".
Our sanctuary is mid-sized (or large, depending on who you ask), that can fit close to 175 or 200 people (depending on the size of the people. The sanctuary retains much of it's historic charm and beauty. The interior space is lit by many stained glass windows, each with it's own story to tell (our previous pastor even wrote a number of sermons about them!) There is plenty of seating in the padded pews.
There is no such thing as a dress code for worship. Some folks wear a shirt and tie, others wear t-shirts and jeans. Come however you feel most comfortable when worshiping God with others.
We sing mostly from the our hymnal. We also are blessed with a number of wonderful musicians who contribute to our worship music. We think hymns are great because they're full of really deep lyrics if you listen, and mostly they're easy to sing along to.
We think kids are awesome, and they are always welcome to be in worship with the rest of us! We encourage children to come to worship; to sing, to hear the scriptures read, and to share their prayer concerns and joys. Yes, kids make noise - so what? It's a sign that God has brought a little life into our church and we're grateful for it!
Can I take Communion?
We celebrate Communion (or the Lord's Supper) on the first Sunday of every month and sometimes more. Everyone who wants to connect to the love Jesus has for them is welcome to come forward. That means everyone. You don't even have to be a Christian. We welcome children to partake, but we wait for an OK from their grown up first.
You won't be the only one, and late is better than never, right? We don't mind, just come on in and find a seat.
Our small parking lot fills up quick. There is usually some street paring available. We also have an overflow parking area across the street
The main entrance on Main Street goes into a small area called a "Narthex", where we keep bulletins, and have drop off locations for donations for several outreach projects. Go through here and you enter directly into the sanctuary. There is a single side door as well that enters a hallway, go to the right to go to the fellowship hall, go straight through to enter the church offices.
Um...I need to use the bathroom...where is it? Too much coffee before you got here? We totally understand. Our bathrooms are located downstairs and upstairs in the classroom spaces adjacent to the sanctuary.