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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 music team desires to lead each person in the church to a place of humble worship.
You may 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 every weekend, we hope and pray that it never becomes mundane, but that we continually examine our hearts in preparation for this weekly memorial.
Baptism is a simple illustration of being washed. 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.
For details on the biblical foundation of baptism, feel free to download our Doctrinal Statement. If you are interested in discussing baptism or scheduling one, please contact Wendy Ruf at email@example.com. If you have questions about having your child baptized please contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We also collect our “Connection Cards” which allow us to love our people well. We want to know if a person is not at one of our services so we can make sure we are taking care of each person. Filling out your card each week, helps greatly in this endeavor.
Each sermon that is preached comes from the counsel of many advisers. Many of our staff people gather at a “sermon club” each week to collectively discuss the content that will be preached from the Word of God and provide input and perspective.
If you miss any of our sermons or need to get caught up on the current series, check out our Sermon Podcasts page for sermon video, audio, or notes!
We know that children are important to God. Our children’s ministry is not simple babysitting. We care that our ministry is fun, biblical, safe, and facilitates godly relationships.
For details on our children’s ministry programs, visit our page here.