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Plan Your Visit
Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating. Here’s what to expect:
- Dress comfortably. Don’t stress about what to wear. Wear what you’d like. You’ll see on any given Sunday some folks a little dressier, while others come more casual.
- You will be greeted at the door. We’ll introduce ourselves and ask a few questions to learn a little about you.
- We’ll have some light refreshments for you to enjoy and to bring into the service.
- Folks will come up to meet you. We’re just being neighborly.
- We sit around tables. So find one you”re comfortable at, and there’s a good chance someone will invite you to sit with them.
- There are boxes on the tables. They have a bulletin for this week’s service, a Bible, a wooden box for donations, and information about the church and upcoming opportunities to connect or serve. Feel free to check it out.
- In the boxes is a Ministry Opportunity Card. If you wouldn’t mind filling one out so we can get some basic information from you. We will also follow-up with a welcome email. In addition, if you would like to “Get Involved” you can let us know on this card or request more information.
- After the opening song, we’ll invite the grade school kids to head out to Godly Play if they choose. They’ll hear a teaching that is age appropriate for them. Parents are welcome to go and sit in with them to help calm nerves. They’ll come back to the service usually during the song after the sermon.
- We’ll have a “Time to Connect” mid-service. This is not the end, just a chance for us to greet one another for a few minutes.
- We receive Communion or Eucharist every week at the height of the service. All are invited join us…it’s Christ’s gift to us, and he invited all to come.
- Feel free to get up and step out during the service. Use the bathroom, get a drink, or stretch your legs by standing in the back if needed. We won’t be offended, and you won’t get dirty looks. Our people move around all the time, so we’re used to it.
First of all, we welcome babies and children into our worship service. Your kids can join you in the service, or they can choose one of our other age appropriate options. We don’t mind crying babies or fidgety children in the service. There are coloring books to help keep them occupied if that helps.However, we do offer nursery care and Godly Play as alternatives.
- There is nursery care for children up to 4 years old beginning at 10 am until the 10 minutes after the service. It is located down the hall next to the large tree mural.
- After the opening song, we’ll invite the grade school kids to head out to Godly Play if they choose. They’ll hear a teaching that is age appropriate for them. Parents are welcome to go and sit in with them to help calm nerves. They’ll come back to the service usually during the song after the sermon. The Godly Play room in the first classroom at the top of the stairs.
- Because we are multi-generational, we invite teens to engage in the service and to find a place to get involved. Join the praise or A/V team, be Worship Chair, or serve in the Nursery or Godly Play.
What You Won’t Find
We offer classes, groups, and studies at different times throughout the year as there is a need and an interest. But we hope and expect that every person is pursuing his or her own approach to spiritual formation within their network of friends and relationships. As folks get stuck or don’t know what they can do next, contact us we’re glad to help give advice, counsel, encouragement, and support as it’s needed.
Not because we think it’s cool or hip, but because Jesus did a lot of ministry around tables, sitting face-to-face with people. We want to emulate that as we try to follow in his footsteps. We think a key part to His command to “loving God” and worshiping him is that we do in fact “love our neighbors,” and in order to love them we think it helps to be able to sit with them face-to-face.
Feel free to get up and step out during the service. Use the bathroom, get a drink, or stretch your legs by standing in the back if needed. We won’t be offended, and you won’t get dirty looks. Our people move around all the time, so we’re used to it.
Maybe even more than money, we recognize that time is valuable to everyone. We don’t want to steal or rob folks of their time. We don’t think you have to come to our programs to grow in your faith; we don’t think you have to show up to our stuff to experience God, Christ, or the power of his kingdom in this world. You just have to be willing to search for it and discover it. So we don’t want our people “here” when they should be out “there.” We want them taking their faith out into the world – on the sidelines, in their workplaces, in their living rooms, volunteering somewhere, studying at the the cafe – meeting people, and sharing stories.
What You Will Find
When you are with friends, you can relax; you can let your guard down. When you are with people you feel comfortable with, you tell jokes, you share inside stories, and you make light of one another’s faux pas. You can laugh in that place.
Life is hard. Cancer. Divorce. Job-loss. The unexpected. These are the big things, but it’s also the small things that can wear us down mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In those times, you have to feel safe to share those vulnerabilities. When that happens, tears also tend to be present. We make room for that among us.
We take communion, break bread, celebrate the Eucharist – it has many names – but all one meaning. It’s our time to share in Christ, and remember his sacrificial life, death, and resurrection, and the promise that it brings. We celebrate through the form of intinction. It’s a fancy word for dunking the bread into the juice. This is our most important part of Sunday mornings, and ALL are welcome to participate with us.
Sharing the stories of our life, what we are doing, and what God is doing in and around us. We do this in the smaller casual conversations, but we also do this in a larger context when we are gathered. In praise, we share the things with people that we are grateful for. In petition, we ask those around us to help us and those around us in need. Life is better when it’s shared together.
We like to cook, and we’re really good at it. We like to eat , and we’re probably too good at this. We like to enjoy a meal together. When you eat, you’re sharing stories of life of the things that matter most to you – both the good and the bad.
None of us have everything figured out. We’re all stumbling our way into grace, and you are welcome to come stumble with us.
Families With Kids
Faith Community offers a family-friendly service, and your children are welcome with you at all times through our service. You will find a “Children’s Basket” at the back of the sanctuary filled with crayons, coloring books, and games to help occupy your children’s attention during the service time.
We do have additional opportunities for your children available as well, should you choose.
For Babies & Toddlers
Nursery services are available starting at 10 am on Sunday mornings and running through the service. All children, birth through preschool age, are welcome to join us for some play time and a little extra loving attention from our staff.
For children ages 3 through the 5th Grade, we have Godly Play available during our service. Children will be dismissed after the opening song of the service to experience the Bible and God’s love through hands-on play, manipulatives, and storytelling. Learn more about Godly Play here.
Parents of 3 year old through preschool aged children, please feel free to choose if you think your child is ready to experience Godly Play or if you prefer your child to remain in the nursery. Parents are welcome to join their child in either setting if they would like.
Our ministry to teens does not create a church within a church or an island unto itself. We mentor, encourage, and invite teens to engage and serve in all areas of the church where they are interested.
Teenagers are invited to use their gifts and talents on Sunday morning. They’re invited to use their musical abilities and join the Praise Team, their technical abilities with the Audio Visual Team, love and serve the infants and children on the Nursery Team, or anywhere else they may see an interest.
For details about group activities, summer camps and other events check out the Faith Teens page.
Check out some of our most recent sermons below. Watch the video, listen to the audio, even download the mp3 and bulletin. We hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect when you visit us. If you have any questions you can get in touch with us through our Contact Us page.
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