Your First Visit

You are welcome here.

One of our core beliefs is that everyone is a beloved child of God no matter what.

What should I wear?

Come as you are. People will be dressed in everything from Sunday finest to jeans and work boots to shorts and sandals in the summer.  Children who attend our once-a-month art and music program will want to wear clothes that could potentially get stained.

What will my children do?

Children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary.  We have toys, puzzles, and coloring pages available.  We welcome the sound of children among us, and you will only get smiles if your child makes noise and people turn to look.  You are welcome to stand up to bounce or walk a baby or toddler.   

There is a message for all ages during the service for which children are invited to the front or they may stay in their seats.  Once a month we have an art and music program for children ages 5 and older.  Children younger than 5 may participate if an adult participates with them. 

What is the service like?

Our worship service is at 10:30 in our sanctuary.  The choir rehearses at 10:00, and you are welcome to join in with the choir. The entrance to the sanctuary is at the back.  Service bulletins are on the table at the back, and there is a sign-in book for visitors just inside the door.  You are welcome to come in even if we have already begun!

Before 10:30 you will enter to find our pianist playing quiet music and people chatting, catching up with each other.  Around 10:30, our bell will be rung and then worship will begin.  Our pastor, a volunteer liturgist, and the choir lead us through welcoming, sharing a sign of peace, a message for all ages, and sacred readings.  Our pastor preaches a sermon connecting the ancient texts with our lives today and our call to follow Jesus.  We then collect an offering, pray together for ourselves, our family, our community, and the world.  All of this is interspersed with traditional and contemporary hymns.  We end with a benediction.

On the first Sunday of the month we share in the communion feast.  We usually serve gluten-free bread, and we always serve juice.  We practice open communion, because we believe that all are welcome at God’s table.  This means you may participate if  it is meaningful for you. 

What about fellowship?

After the service we adjourn to the strains of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” or another upbeat hymn to Whitaker Hall where we converse over coffee, tea, and goodies.  On the first Sunday of each month, we host a no-guilt potluck lunch.  Bring something to share if you would like to, homemade or store-bought, and please join us whether you bring something or not.  We care about your presence, and you are welcome no matter what.  The party wouldn’t be the same without you!

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