We understand—whether you’re a Christian or not—it can sometimes be intimidating visiting a church for the first time. Here’s a bit of what you can expect...
First off, you can be certain you are visiting a family. Brothers and sisters in Christ, who is our life, gathering together to grow up into Him, considering one another in order to stir up love and good works. While we are an independent or non-denominational congregation, we are theologically reformed and elder-led.
If you're already a part of this universal family and need a body to fellowship with, we would love to worship with you. If you are just a seeker, maybe looking to join this family or maybe just looking, we would love to help you on your journey in any way we are able.
Sunday School begins at 9:15am for all ages. This is when our children’s classes meet. Then we all stay together for worship at 10:30am which will last about 1.5 to 2 hours.
We offer three classes, infant through kindergarten, 1st through 5th grade, and one for everyone else (adults and youth alike).
At 10:30am we will begin with a call to worship and some singing, to one another and to the Lord. This is an opportunity for all, from the youngest to the oldest of us, to ascend to the Heavenly Mountain and worship (Heb. 12:22-24).
We take time weekly for the elders to lay hands on and pray for the suffering among us. And also for a member of the congregation to offer up the prayers of our people.
After we pray, we sing a bit more before we confess our faith by reciting the Apostles' Creed (understand why we say "catholic" in the creed), and then we greet one another.
We share any announcements at this point and give our tithes and offerings. We do this regularly, however if Christ Fellowship isn’t your church home or if you’re just checking us out, you are not at all obligated to share in this.
Our children are together with us, participating with us during the entire worship service. Just before the sermon, children through 5th grade are invited up to the front to listen to a message that is specifically for them. We have "Sermon Notes For Kids" available on the table in the back that they are welcomed to take and write/draw on.
Then we receive the Word of God as we hear the Word preached. Our general approach to preaching is expository, going through texts and books of the Bible, rather than strictly topical. If you are interested, you can check out past sermons on the resource page and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Each week we gather together, we share the Lord's Supper. This is a sacrament for baptized covenant members—disciples of Jesus Christ young and old. In the Lord's Supper we are acknowledging that we are sinners, hopeless apart from the sovereign grace of God. By our eating and drinking we are affirming our trust in Jesus Christ alone, our supreme treasure. Further, by coming, we are acknowledging to the elders and the congregation that we are in good standing with God our Father and with one another. If you can join us in these acknowledgements you are invited to this table—to Jesus Christ—with us. We do not exclude our children from this table. Covenant children are welcome to this covenant meal.
And finally, we'd love to follow up with you after your visit. We have what we call "connection cards" on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Simply fill it out and leave it at your seat or give it to pretty much anyone and they will know who to get it to.
If you have questions or would just like to speak to someone before visiting, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for checking us out.