What to Expect

If you have never attended services at a Church of Christ it could be a little intimidating. Visiting somewhere you have never been can make anyone a little nervous. We want to help you be as comfort as possible when you decide to visit us. To help you become a little more familiar with us we would like to share a little bit of our history with you.

We are part of a “Restoration Movement”. Our goal is to be the church that you read about in the New Testament. To achieve that goal we look to the Bible to show us what the church was like in the beginning… when it was first established. We strive to be a scripture centered church.

So what will be expected of you?

Nothing at all! You are our honored guest. You should feel welcome to participate, but you shouldn’t feel obligated to. Feel free to just observe if that is your choice. If you feel comfortable, we would like you to fill out a visitor’s card so that we will have a record of your visit and place it in the collection basket when it is passed. But please feel free to decline this request if you prefer. Again, you are our honored guest.

What kind of people will you find here?

A diverse group of people much like you would find anywhere else. There are blue collar workers and white collar workers. Liberals and conservatives. You’ll find some very happy people… as well as a few that may be a little grouchy. You may find some very out going friendly people who love to talk and others that are rather shy. Some in hurry and some completely at ease. We all come from different backgrounds, with different life experiences who are at different stages in our spiritual growth and knowledge. What brings us together is our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. [A]

An overview of a typical Sunday Morning worship service.

To help you better understand our worship services we have some of the basic elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service below.

The Setting…

In our building we have a large area we refer to as the “auditorium”. There we have pews for everyone. There isn’t any assigned seating or special places. Feel free to sit anywhere you like.

Singing…

On the backside of the pew in front of you, you’ll notice a rack that holds hymnbooks that you are welcome to use. The song leader announces a number you will be able to find that particular song in the hymnbook or feel free to sing along from the overhead display. Something unique, and one you may may find strange is that all our music is “a cappella”. meaning we do not sing with the accompaniment of any type of musical instrument. We seek to worship according to the New Testament pattern. Since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we have decided to do the same. [B]

You might think we are too rigid on this point. We hope you respect our reasoning for it as well as our strong conviction for it. We also hope you will find the singing meaningful and we urge everyone to feel free to participate.

Prayers…

There will be several prayers during our service covering special needs, requests, and thanksgiving.

Lord’s Supper…

If you visit on Sunday morning (or Sunday evening) the Lord’s Supper will be included in our worship service. churches of Christ observe this memorial every Sunday. Again, the reason for this is our earnest desire to follow the New Testament teachings. The church of the first century celebrated this observance on the first day of the week. [C]
We know from respected historians that in early centuries the Lord’s Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration. [D]

Offering…

At the conclusion of the Lord’s Supper there will be small baskets passed to collect a weekly financial offering. [E]
As our guest you are not expected to make a donation. So please feel comfortable to pass the collection plate down the row.

Preaching…

You might notice that our preacher has no formal title. We do not refer to him as Reverend or Pastor. He might be addressed as Dr., but only if he has earned that academic credential. He may referred to as brother, mister or most likely by just his first name.

He also won’t be wearing anything that sets him apart from the congregation. We believe that the priesthood is for all believers and that we are all equal in that regard. [F]
The sermon will last anywhere from 20-30 minutes and will be bible centered, and scripturally based.

Invitation…

At the close of the sermon, the speaker will “offer and invitation”. This is simply an expedient time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment or request prayers for support.

The preacher will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front while the congregation sings another hymn. You’ll notice one or two men may also stand at the front. These are some of our Elders. They will welcome anyone who responds, and help them with any needs they may require.

Don’t worry, you won’t be singled out during this invitation. There may be several who respond, or none.

Those who do respond may wish to be Baptized, wish to confess struggles with sins in their life, or may ask for the prayers of the congregation on their behalf.

Should anyone respond for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion [G] and for the remission of sins. [H]


[A] – Mark 2:17, Romans 5:6-9, Ephesians 1:7, I John 1:7
[B] – I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18,19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12
[C] – Acts 20:7
[D] – Neander, Eusebius
[E] – I Corinthians 16:1,2
[F] – Matthew 23:8-12; Galatians 3:26-28; I Peter 2:5,9
[G] – Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12
[H] – Acts 2:38