First Time Attenders

Visiting a church for the first time can be a little scary.  We’ve all been a first time visitor somewhere and we know how it feels.  We’ve created this page to make it a little easier to know what to expect if you visit us.  If you have any other questions, please contact us at 740-927-0574 or pastorvanhorn@gmail.com.

What to Wear?
Dress is casual and jeans, slacks, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, polos, jackets and the occasional tie can be seen on church goers on any particular week.  Whether you feel more comfortable dressed formally or casually, we really are a “come as you are” congregation.

Where to Sit?
I know you won’t believe us but…you can sit anywhere.   With our families growing and needing to spread out, new families attending, and special events, we’re pretty used to bouncing around from seat to seat.  It seems that people are creatures of habit and usually sit in the same general area but all of us seem to move a few seats forward or back each week.  You won’t be sitting in anyone’s seat no matter where you sit.

Where to Find the Church Service?
You can get directions to our church service on our directions page here.  Once you arrive at our building, you’ll find our worship service in the sanctuary.  Sabbath School, the nursery, classrooms, and most meetings are held in the other parts of the building.

What to Expect During the Service?
If you want to see the format of a typical service, please take a look at our weekly bulletin as well as a recording of the sermon under “Sermons” on this website.  We’re kind of flexible with our service so each week is a little different but here are some of the things you can expect during a typical worship service:

    • Songs: We use both older traditional hymns from our hymnals and newer contemporary praise songs projected on the front wall led by our praise team.
    • Children’s Message: Most weeks during our service, we have a short children’s sermon or children’s object lesson.  Children from about 2 years old until about 9 or 10 years old are invited to the front of the church and sit in the front 1 or 2 pews.   After the short lesson, children return to their seats to sit with their parents. On the third week of each month, the children will leave at this time to go to a separate “Children’s Church” with age appropriate worship & learning activities in another room.
    • The Sermon:  Pastor Robert gives a sermon each week based on a specific topic or a specific scripture that he has chosen.   The Sermon lasts about 20 minutes.  You can listen to some past sermons in the “Sermons” section of this website.
    • Nursery: First, let me say that children are always welcome in our worship services.  If your children drop things, whisper too loudly, or start to cry…they’re just like our kids and will fit in just fine.  They’re much louder to you than they are to us and we like children in our worship service.  However, if you would like a place to retreat with a young child, you are welcome to use our nursery adjacent to the sanctuary.  There is a speaker in the nursery so you can hear the service.
    • Offering:  We don’t take up a regular offering during our worship service, but have an offering plate available in the back of the sanctuary as you enter for people to give.  We encourage Biblical tithing and regular giving.  Near the beginning of our service, we have a special mission offering called “Building Up the Temple” where we encourage children & adults to bring spare change that goes to a different designated mission project each quarter.
    • Communion: We have a special communion service 4 times each year following a shortened regular worship service where we practice the Lord’s supper.  We practice “open communion” and welcome all believers in Christ to participate even those who may not be members of our local church. Our deacons pass the bread (wafers) and the cup (we use grape juice) to the congregation in their pews and once everyone has been served, the pastor leads us in taking the bread and cup.

What to Expect in Sabbath School?
If you didn’t grow up in a Sabbath (Saturday) keeping church, whenever you hear us say “Sabbath School” just think “Sunday School”.   We have our Sabbath school classes at 10:00 am before our worship service each week and classes run about 45 minutes.  Don’t be surprised when you hear a doorbell ring near the end of Sabbath School as a reminder of the time.  There are classes for all ages from preschool through adult.  The location of each class changes occasionally as our kids grow into bigger classes and as different members of our congregation share teaching duties.   Ask anyone in the church and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Wheelchair Accessibility?
Our building is wheelchair accessible with wheelchair accessible restrooms and either entrance can be used.

welcome

We’d love to have you visit us sometime!