We know how it can feel walking into a church and having no idea what is happening. Why are the crowds saying strange words like “Hallelujah” or “Hosanna?” What is with the big bath tub? Why do churches eat the cracker and drink the tiniest cup of juice in the world?
Take a look below to discover a little bit about what happens at a church!
Each week in our services, we have the opportunity to worship God through music. Our desire is the same as that of the Psalmists who desire to “Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.” Sometimes we sing only a few songs, sometimes we sing more songs. Either way, our praise and worship team desires to lead each person in the church to a place of humble worship.
You may see people clapping their hands to the beat as a form of praise. At other times you might see people raising their hands during worship – this is not required by anyone, but some people choose to lift their hands as a posture of gratitude and humility.
Communion is a celebration for people who have chosen to follow Jesus. Stemming from the Jewish Passover festival, communion was instituted by Jesus for us to remember His body that was sacrificed to pay for our sins and His blood that initiates a new covenant with us – allowing us to relate to God personally.
Even though we offer communion regularly, we hope and pray that it never becomes mundane, but that we continually examine our hearts in preparation for this memorial.
Baptism is a simple illustration of being washed clean spiritually. It is a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection; a picture of new birth. When a person gives their life to Jesus, baptism is a logical next step for that person to publicly confess what Jesus has done in washing their sin (wrong-doings) away. When a person comes up out of the water it is a sign to all that they have been made new!
We consider giving an act of worship. The apostle Paul, instructed Timothy regarding the churches Timothy was leading, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (I Tim. 6:18). We know that nothing we have is our own, so we choose to pool our resources and watch God do amazing things with our collective resources that we could not do individually.
Many people also participate in the tithe or the tenth; giving back to God the "first fruits of their increase".
Each week there is a time of looking at what the Bible has to say to about certain things. Usually the Pastor speaks to the church about something that is on his or her heart, something that they believe with help the church in their faith for God. People are encouraged to take notes and follow along in their Bibles. But if you do not have a Bible or left it at home, the scripture is always displayed on one of the large screens in the sanctuary.
We know that children are important to God. So we welcome 1st-6th graders to participate in the praise and worship, baptism, and communion portions of the weekly service. The kids are then encouraged to attend "Kids Own Worship" upstairs while the adults dive into the weekly sermon.
Our children’s ministry is not simple babysitting. We care that our ministry is fun, biblical, safe, and facilitates godly relationships. We are also committed to sharing the Word of God straight out of the Bible on a child's level, at a child's pace. We strive to make this time meaningful and conducive to spiritual and emotional growth.
There are also programs provided for newborns-preschool at every worship service. Come check out our nursery rooms and our early childhood ministry area.