What to Expect on a Sunday Morning
Bower Hill Community Church is Handicapped Accessible and has an Assistive Listening System with headphones or a T-coil neck loop.
Worship service – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
We are located on Moffett Street off of Bower Hill Road near Jefferson Middle and Elementary School.
Need a ride to worship? The deacons would like to provide a ride to worship for members who need one. you find yourself in need of a ride, you may call your parish deacon prior to Sunday to arrange a ride. Not sure who to call? Contact the church office for assistance.
When you arrive
Park in the north lot or south lot. The building with the highest steeple is the sanctuary. There are many entrances that can be used to get to the sanctuary. The Contact page has directions and floor plans may be helpful in orienting you to our building. For handicapped parking, enter the north parking lot (farthest from Bower Hill road), go to end of parking lot, turn right. Follow the short drive behind the church to a small parking lot. The handicapped accessible door is on the right side of the main building. Go in the door, turn right, then left, and in about 50 feet the sanctuary will be on your right. You do not need to have a handicapped tag to park in the handicapped area. Anyone who has difficulties doing the stairs or walking is encouraged to use this area.
You will probably be greeted at various entrances by friendly people (we call them greeters) who will say hello, answer any questions you may have, and can direct you to the sanctuary.
Your children are welcome to stay with you at the worship service or attend the first part of worship and then attend Christian Education classes. Child care for infants-toddler is available in our nursery during the Worship Service and Christian Education. The nursery is near the sanctuary. Any member would be glad to direct you the nursery.
Before the worship service
An usher will greet you and hand you a bulletin as you enter the sanctuary.
Ask the usher for a set of head phones to use the assistive listening system if hearing is an issue.
The worship service – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
A typical service lasts about 60 minutes and includes a call to worship, prayer, singing, scripture reading, children’s time, sermon (approximately 20 minutes), congregational sharing time, offering, and benediction.
A variety of music is included in a service with songs in the bulletin or in the hymnals in the pews.
Children’s time is a time during the worship service when children through grade 5 are invited forward for a lesson designed for them. After the children’s sermon, preschool through 2nd grade are invited to walk with their teachers to children’s worship in rooms 207 and 203. A class for children in 3rd through 5th grades runs concurrent to the worship service (starting at 9:30 a.m.) downstairs in the youth lounge, room 113. Following worship, children will remain in their classroom until an adult picks them up; they will not be escorted to meet their families in Fellowship Hall. Children in grades 6 and high are encourage to remain in worship.
We invite congregational sharing by having members write their joys and concerns on cards located at the end of each pew. Ushers will walk down aisles collecting the cards. The information will be shared with other joys and concerns by the pastors.
When the worship service is over
Be prepared for people to introduce themselves to you. Many in the congregation enjoy meeting new people.
Fellowship Time – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
After the service most members go to the Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation. Children in Sunday School join their families during this time.
Christian Education – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Adult Education – Classes on various religious and social topics are presented by various speakers. The topics are posted in the Adult Education Page. There is child care during this time – See Children’s Activity Time below.
Senior High and Middle School Education – The senior highs and middle school students are taught by the youth director and other teachers.
Children’s Activity Time – For the children this is an informal time of songs, fun and games in the Lounge. This allows the parents to attend the Adult Education class.
Common attire is anything from jeans and a nice shirt to suits for men and dresses for women. Choose what is comfortable for you.
Hearing assistive headphone or T-coil neck loops and large-print materials for use during the Worship Service are available from an usher upon request.
Feel free to contact the church office if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you.