New Here? - What to Expect on Sundays
Will people notice me? Expect to be welcomed warmly, but not overwhelmed. No one is ever singled out or asked to introduce themselves during the worship service. Expect to be invited to join us at coffee hour, but not pressured. If you prefer to slip in and out quietly, that choice will be respected.
What is the worship service like? Expect to be inspired! Our worship is dignified but not overly formal, reverent but not stuffy. It’s a good place to regroup and find your spiritual center at the start of each new week. Its several rituals are done warmheartedly, not by rote. The pattern of the service is quite ancient, joining us to people of faith in every age. But the issues we address and contemplate are very much the stuff of today.
Are children welcomed? Definitely! There are usually many children present in our Sunday morning services, though fully trained and certified childcare is available for anyone who needs it. Children from kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to come forward for a children’s sermon with the pastor before being dismissed to spend the rest of the hour in junior church. Any child who wishes to remain in the main worship service may do so at his or her parents’ discretion.
How should I dress? We have a strict dress code: Clothing is required. The kind of clothing you wear is entirely up to you. Most people opt for the “business casual” look, but you will see some dressed in their finest and others in their most comfortable. Clergy and choir members typically wear robes for the sake of visual effect and to create a worshipful atmosphere. But people in the pews are not expected to dress in any particular way.
Should I bring money to put in the plate? Gifts are always welcome but not required—especially of visitors. Most church members have their monthly contributions taken directly from their bank accounts, so the majority of people no longer drop an envelope into the offering plate.
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