Visiting a church's worship service for the first time can be intimidating. Hopefully, this information will help you to know what to expect.
First, we really don't care what you wear. A few people "dress up". Most do not. There really is no "unwritten" dress code. Wear what makes you feel comfortable.
When you arrive, there are two doors that you can use to enter the church building. The "front" door, facing the street (Long Plains Rd) opens to a small area with stairs that lead up to the worship space (sanctuary). If you would like to use the elevator, the best way to come in is throught the "side" door, which is accessed from the parking lot towards the rear of the building. Many of the church "regulars" use this side door, and someone should be there to help you use the elevator. You can also use this door to enter the fellowship room area.
We are a small and friendly multi-generational church. You will be greeted as you enter the sanctuary, and people in the congregation will probably introduce themselves to you before or after the worship service. Don't worry- we won't make you stand up and introduce yourself!
You will be given a bulletin that provides the order of worship, including words of prayers and where to find the words for hymns. The words are also projected onto the wall. Bibles are provided in the pews if you would like to use one. Our worship style is mostly traditional, though we also sing some conteporary worship songs. We encourage active participation, and can be both silly and serious at times.
The pastor's sermon focuses on the stories and teachings of the Bible, applying what we learn to everyday life. She tries to help the congregation to really understand and connect with the Bible in a personal way. Most sermons are about 25 minutes long. During the sermon, children age 12 and under can go downstairs for Sunday School if they choose to.
The entire worship service usually lasts about 70 to 75 minutes. After the worship time, everyone is invited downstairs for refreshments and socializing. We are known for having lots of great food!
We hope to see you soon!