What to Expect
Worship at Peace
Things to Know for Parents...
We love kids. Kids move and make noise. It doesn't bother us.
Children's church is available for kids between 3 and 10 years old. Kids leave right after the children's message. They return at the end of the service.
All volunteers are vetted and background checked for safety.
If kids (or adults) are feeling fussy, one of the hosts can point you to a quiet place to collect yourselves.
Visiting a church can be uncomfortable if you are not used to it. If you choose to visit us, we want to make it a meaningful and worthwhile experience. Everyone is welcome to come and join our service! Dress is very casual. Some people wear ties or dresses. Others wear tee-shirts and jeans. However, you dress you will fit right in.
When you arrive, one of our lead hosts will meet you as you enter the building. They will let you know where the restrooms are and other pertinent information. An offering box is on the left as you enter the worship room, but we never ask or expect guests or visitors to give. You won't need a bulletin since you can follow the whole service on the screen at the front of the room. Before the service, people casually visit with each other. At around 10 the service begins. The pastor will welcome everyone, review a bible verse, and review last week's message.
The service begins with an invocation. This is a statement that our gathering is in the name of God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a reminder that this is not only a social gathering. It is a spiritual gathering. Then there will be a time to confess our sins. Christians know that we do not live up to the standards which God has called us to live. We confess our failure and our need for God. Then the pastor announces the wonderful news that we are forgiven through the life and death of Jesus.
Then we will sing a song. Those that want to can join in the singing. Others prefer just to listen or to pray. We are a small church, the music is not professional, but it is heartfelt.
Next people greet one another with a handshake, hug or a wave. If you prefer, you may remain seated and people will politely greet you without any physical contact. This part of the service reminds us that part of following Jesus is to love the people around us. We don't worship God alone. We worship in community.
After the greeting, there will be a Children's Song and special children's message. After this, the children will be invited to Children's Church. Parents are welcome to join their children if the kids feel uncomfortable leaving them. Or children are welcome to stay with their parents, if they prefer. We are very flexible.
A reader will then read 2 to 4 readings from the Bible. Some times the congregation will read part of the readings together. Then we will sing another song.
The pastor's message helps us to understand the Bible and encourages us to love God and love our neighbors. It usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.
After the message, we will read together a creed (a statement of what we believe). Then we will pray for various needs and for the world.
In the last part of our service, we celebrate the Lord's Supper. This is a special meal that Jesus instituted on the night he died. We believe that in this special meal, Jesus gives us his body and blood to forgive our sins and to strengthen our faith. We don't understand how that happens but we trust that it does. If you are visiting and you don't understand what this ceremony is all about, you are welcome to join us at the altar and hold up your hand to subtly let the pastor know you only want a blessing. Or you can stay in your seat, whichever is more comfortable.
The service will end with a few announcements, a blessing, and a last song at about 11:15. Then you are welcome to join us for coffee, tea, and treats as you leave. We are so glad that you are considering joining us. We hope you become a regular part of our Jesus following community!