We would love to have you as our guest in any of our worship services or classes. If you have not worshipped with a Church of Christ in the past, we want to set your mind at ease about what you might experience during your visit. We will do all we can to help you feel comfortable and welcome.
Greeting and Welcome
We have several men and women of our congregation who will greet you as you come into our building. Any one of these can quickly point you to a class you may be interested in attending. Except in the case of special events, all of our worship services are held in the auditorium which is located in the center of our building.
Our worship will begin with one of the men of our congregation welcoming everyone. Our song leader will then lead the congregation in a cappella singing (no instruments used). Our song leader uses a mix of current religious favorites and well-known classic hymns. You'll notice the words and music displayed on the screen behind him; we also have song books in the pews available for your convenience. After a handful of songs and a prayer, we will share the Lord's Supper.
Lord's Supper and Offering
"The Lord's Supper" may seem like a strange term if it is not familiar to you. Every Sunday several men send two sets of trays down each row of pews (or seats). The first will hold something that looks like crackers (or the "bread"). The second will hold very small cups of grape juice. (You'll probably hear the juice referred to as the "fruit of the vine" or the "cup"). Christians will eat a piece of the "bread" and drink the "cup". The reason we do this is to remember the sacrifice of Jesus and the promise of forgiveness for those in a relationship with Him.
Usually the Lord's Supper, sometimes called "communion," is introduced by one of our members who will make comments about the significance of it. He may say what the bread and grape juice represent: the body and blood of Jesus. As a guest to our worship you will not be expected to eat the bread or drink the juice. Christians do so as they quietly reflect on their relationship with Jesus. You may notice some will read their Bibles during this brief time but others may bow their heads in prayer. Occasionally, our song leader will lead a song during this time.
After the Lord's Supper, our members will make an offering. Guests are not required to participate in the offering. The offering is our members' way of providing for the work and service that our church does in a number of ministries. It is a monetary offering that our members choose to make out of their thanksgiving to God and each one determines what he or she will give. Following the Lord's Supper and Offering, we will sing and listen to a scripture reading.
Sermon and Dismissal
Our preacher will deliver a prepared speech (usually called a sermon) based on a text or topic found in the Bible. It will last for about 30 minutes. Our preacher seeks to highlight a principle from the Bible and discuss its relevance for living our lives today. Often our preacher uses a PowerPoint presentation to highlight key elements of his sermon.
At the end of his sermon, he will offer an "invitation." Usually, the invitation will be for three things. He will invite to come forward those wanting to be baptized, Christians who want to place membership, or those wanting prayers.
At this time the song leader will lead another song. If anyone responds to the invitation, he or she will walk forward to the preacher who will quietly listen to the person's request. He will then share the request with the congregation. After this the song leader will lead a final song. We will have one more prayer, sometimes called the dismissal or closing prayer. Worship is concluded at this time. In all, our worship lasts about one hour.
Entering and Exiting the Auditorium
It is not uncommon to see either adults or children quietly leave the auditorium during worship to attend to various needs. You'll find our attended nursery is easy to use with responsible adults watching the children. You'll also find restrooms and water fountains on either wing of our lobby.
We do look forward to your visit. We hope this has provided you with a good overview of what you can expect in our worship services.