Whether you are visiting the area or looking for a church to attend regularly, it can feel a little awkward walking into a new church for the first time. We want you to feel welcome and comfortable. Here's what you can expect on a typical Sunday morning at Christ's Church.
When you arrive, you can park in the gravel lot east of the church or in our paved lot to the west of our modular classrooms. Whether you enter the main building from the front or back doors, you will walk up a half flight of stairs where you will find a person to greet you and hand you a bulletin. These volunteers are happy to answer any questions you have about the service. We also have a wheelchair ramp at the front of the building, if stairs aren't your thing.
If you arrive before the main service starts at 10AM, there should be plenty of seating. If you're running a little late, we always have extra seating in our balcony. Sit wherever you'd like. You can expect to see people dressed comfortably. It is not uncommon to see most people in jeans and a t-shirt or nice shirt in our Sunday service. Be prepared for a little noise as we have LOTS of kids! We wouldn't have it any other way. We have a nursery available during the entire service for infants thru 24 month olds.
At 10AM our worship team goes on stage. We start with some announcements and a word of prayer. Next the worship team leads everyone in a couple of songs. We then have what we have dubbed "Shake'n'Howdy" time, where everyone is encouraged to shake some hands and say hello to those around them. If that makes you nervous, it may be a great time to check out where our restrooms are located. You can find the women's restroom at the bottom of the North stairwell and the men's restroom at the bottom of the South stairwell. We also have a restroom on the main level thru the door at the Northeast side of the auditorium.
After "Shake'n'Howdy" time, we sing 2-3 more songs. Then we have a time of communion. One of our elders or another volunteer will lead a short communion meditation, while the grape juice and bread are being passed out. We hold the cups and bread until that person directs everyone to take it together. We invite all committed Christians to partake in communion.
After this, our ushers will take up an offering. We do NOT expect visitors to give. Then Dale, our pastor, will dismiss all children 6th grade and under to their Junior Church classes. The greeters will be happy to help you find the classes for your kids. After the children are dismissed, Dale will preach a sermon from the Bible. He typically teaches expository sermons thru a book of the Bible.
We end each service with an invitation for anyone who wishes to commit their life to Jesus. We will sing an invitation song for anyone who wants to come up. Then we sing a short closing song. The service very rarely goes past 11:30AM.
If this didn't answer your questions, feel free to email us or call us at 260-868-6924 with your questions.