Visiting for the First Time

What are we like?
Attending an unknown church for the first time can be extremely intimidating. You don’t know until you walk in the door if these people are purple-cult-members or down-to-earth-kind-and-gracious-believers.

Websites are great for that reason. But even a website doesn’t give you the full picture. In case you are wondering, we try to be that last group mentioned above.

Every church says they are friendly because every church thinks they really are. But if you’ve been looking for the perfect church for awhile, you know that the reality is that not every church is friendly. We think we are, but we’d love for you to discover that for yourself. Come early and grab a cup of coffee or tea and visit with us prior to the service beginning.

Be sure to plan to stick around after the service concludes. Join us for a lite shared lunch after Sunday School. It is a potluck luncheon (everyone brings something to share) but don’t feel obligated to bring anything. There is always plenty to share because we plan for guests.

What should I wear?
A lot of people worry about fitting in when they visit a church for the first time. What do I wear? What is taboo? We are a genuine cultural mix. Some wear suits or dresses, while others wear jeans and a t-shirt. The fact is people ask this question about churches all the time: what should I wear to not stand out too much? What is appropriate or inappropriate? From God’s perspective, nothing has changed since Saul’s day (1040 BC) when He spoke through the prophet Samuel saying “man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

So back to the original question… what to wear? Wear what is comfortable and natural for yourself. Be yourself. After all, God will see the real you anyway. So whether it is a suit or dress on one hand, or jeans or khakis or shorts on the other, sincerely God and your church family want to bring you closer to your Maker in our worship gatherings and we are not really concerned about your attire.

Will I be asked to give?
Giving is a matter of the heart. In many services, the congregation is given the opportunity to participate in an offering but no one is ever put on the spot. If you’re new, feel free to pass the plate to the next person and you’ve no reason to feel awkward. If you feel impressed to give, go ahead! The Scriptures say that when we give, we should give with joy…not out of compulsion.

I’m not a member here. Should I take Communion?
The Scriptures say that participation in the Lord’s Supper, Communion, is for those who have come to faith in Christ and have come prepared to remember again His sacrifice on our behalf. It has nothing to do with church membership or being from this fellowship. If you are a Christian who has come prepared to worship with others around the Lord’s table, we welcome your participation!