What Can You Expect When You Come?


What Should I Wear?

You’ll find people dressed up or down depending on how they’re feeling, what the weather is, where they need to be after the service, and what’s clean in the closet. So please wear what you feel comfortable in.

Coffee’s Always On

Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate and Water are available throughout the service. We have purposed ourselves to be a church offering fair trade products, many of which we purchase from Equal Exchange.

Doxology, Opening Song & “Where Was God in My Week”

Music is used in our services as an opportunity for reflection and prayer. People are always encouraged to use the musical times of worship in a way that feels best to them.

Our services begin with a projected Doxology that serves to let everyone know that we are about to begin. This is followed by an opening song that often contains a moment where we pause to reflect on what was good or praiseworthy about our week. If people want to, there is also a chance here to share those moments with everyone. We do this as an expression of Philippians 4:8 which says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Sermon

Each week a member of our speaking team will give a 30 to 35 minute message that includes personal stories from the speaker as well as time for personal reflection. Our sermons are accompanied by a printed program that includes the scriptures being referenced for the day as well as additional space for notes.  On occasion, we will use a short film or media clip in order to help us think about how various aspects of the Bible might apply to our lives today.

Prayer, Worship, Communion & Further Reflection

After the sermon, we usually take 15 to 20 minutes to reflect and pray during a time of worship through song.  We try to choose from a variety of genres: gospel, rock, traditional hymns, R&B, hip-hop, folk, latin or reggae.  You will also notice that different people in the room will make different choices about how they spend this time. Some may be clapping, raising their hands, dancing, or praying.  Others may be more quiet and reserved, maybe sitting or kneeling.  All of these are possible expressions to God and everyone is encouraged to use the time as they would feel most served.

During worship we also take communion together.  You are welcome to join in, but you do not have to.  We usually introduce the opportunity for communion at the beginning of the 2nd song after the sermon. During this time, there is also a prayer team member available to pray for people one-on-one for any prayer requests you may have.

What About My Kids?

We have a Pre-K room for ages 18 months to 5 years and an Elementary-age room for our 6 to 12 years.
Elementary kids stay with us for the opening song, head off for their own teaching during the sermon, and join us again for the final 3 songs. The room for Pre-K children is open and available from 10:15am until noon.
All of our teachers use a curriculum that incorporates songs, crafts, and narratives to help the kids engage with stories from the Bible.

If you have older children, they are welcome to join us in the main service.
If you have a baby, please feel comfortable having them with you in the main service. But do also feel free to use the Pre-K room to care for their needs as well.

After the Service

As our services come to an end, we typically invite parents to pick up their children and extend an invitation for people to hang around and chat over coffee, etc for a few more minutes.