WHAT TO EXPECT
We hope you feel the love of Jesus at our church! We have two services on Sundays (9:45 AM and 12:00 PM), with lunch served in between. Sermons and scripture readings are different at each service, so our church members usually stay for both. On most Wednesdays, we have one service at 7:45 PM. Services last about 75 minutes and consist of the following:
- 15 minutes of singing
- Old Testament reading
- Hymn and Prayer
- New Testament reading
- Sermon (about 30 minutes)
- Closing thoughts by a second minister
- Hymn and Prayer
- Announcements and any other closing remarks
Our services are traditional. Music consists of four-part a cappella singing, including a mix of familiar hymns and classical German melodies. Sermons usually are not prepared beforehand; ministers prayerfully open the Bible and rely on the Holy Spirit to provide the message that needs to be heard.
There is no dress code for visiting our church. You may notice that the custom of our church members is to wear the proverbial “Sunday best,” meaning that men often wear suits or shirts/ties, and women usually wear skirts/dresses. Also, many women wear veils on their head during our services (see 1 Corinthians 11). We realize that these practices are not as common as they used to be, so please wear whatever makes you comfortable when you visit us!
We encourage our families and couples to be inclusive of individuals who may attend church by themselves. To this end, you will see groups of women sitting with women and men sitting with men, rather than most couples sitting together.
Our church members often greet one another with a traditional holy kiss, as mentioned in the New Testament.
Bibles are provided inside the sanctuary, though some people choose to bring their own. We use the King James Version Bible during services.
We love to see our church full of children! If you plan to bring a baby or toddler, we have a baby room that is furnished with changing pads, rocking chairs, a few toys, a bottle-sized refrigerator, microwave, sink, and family restroom. We also have individual sleeping/nursing rooms that each contain a rocking chair, Pack n Play, sound machine, and video monitor. Children under three years old stay with their parent/guardian during morning and afternoon services; childcare is not provided for that age group.
Children three and older may attend Sunday School during the morning service. (Sunday School is not offered during Summer). If you have children that age, they are welcome to attend (or they can sit with you in the main church service, if you prefer). The morning begins with all students singing together in the Sunday School assembly area. Students are then split up by age group into classrooms where they participate in Bible lessons and activities with their peers.
All children sit with their parent/guardian during the afternoon service.
On Sundays, we have a morning and afternoon service with lunch from 11:00 to 12:00. Lunch is free of charge and is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen relationships or meet new people.
We look forward to meeting you!
Thank you for joining us in worship! We hope you enjoy your visit and return soon.