We know many people are reluctant to visit a church if they don't know what to expect when they visit. It is our desire to share the joy and the hope we have in Christ and to help you know what to expect when you visit with us. Free written material on Bible subjects is available. We are also happy to arrange personal Bible studies at your convenience.
We are just regular people of most every variety. We are people of various economic levels, all different ages, and a wide range of backgrounds. We are a diverse group, from a variety of stations in life, and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. We don't believe we know everything, we're sure we make mistakes from time to time, and we don't always treat everyone as we should. But we hope we are all trying to imitate Jesus as much as possible, with the fullest understanding that we need to grow and strengthen our spiritual lives every day. If you decide to visit us, you'll find people who love Jesus, love the Bible and love one another.
On Sunday Morning there are greeters located at the doors you come in and, if necessary, they will point you in the direction you need to go, whether for worship, Bible class, the restroom or nursery. No person will approach you in such a manner as to embarrass you. You are our welcome guest. More importantly, you are a guest of the Father's when you come to worship in Spirit and in Truth (Jn. 4:24).
Our purpose is to worship God in the way He has directed.
Durning Bible Study, you will hear scriptures read and truths explained that you are familiar with. We encourage you to open your Bible and take notes - asking any questions that may arise from the studies.
Expect the worship to be simple and devout. Since our purpose is to be governed in all acts of worship by the New Testament, our worship consists of only those elements which were part of the worship of the early church. We sing spiritual songs, pray often, partake of the Lord's Supper each Sunday, teach God's Word, and give as we have been prospered. We seek to maintain the attitude Christ enjoined when He said, "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth," (John 4:24).
Our singing, to many visitors, is the most inspirational part of the worship, deserves a special word. Since the New Testament instructs Christians to sing in worship, (Ephesians 5:19 & Colossians 3:16), we encourage everyone to sing. You will probably be familiar with most of the hymns and are invited to join with us in the singing. Our visitors are often astonished at how beautiful and spiritually stimulating it is when, unaided by mechanical instruments, all worshipers sing to praise God.
We are Christians only. We wear no distinctive name that would divide Bible believers. We submit to no religious authority other than the inspired scriptures. Thus, by following only the teachings of Christ and His apostles, we are simply Christians (Acts 11:26), just as His disciples were in the first century. Expect to find a friendly spirit and atmosphere. We believe that friendliness is a natural attribute of God's people. Our visitors, who always receive a warm welcome, appreciate the courtesy and cordiality of these Christians.
One of the unique things about the church of Christ is that the music is 'a cappella;' that is, we sing without the use of any mechanical or musical instruments We love the beauty and joy of worshipping God from our hearts with our own voices We believe you will find the singing meaningful and uplifting, with everyone being invited to participate. We sing to praise God and exhort one another, not for entertainment. (cf. Eph. 5:19) We believe that if we follow only the approved examples of the first century Christians in our worship, we are assured beyond any doubt that our worship is acceptable to God. The Bible teaches that we cannot approach God with our own righteousness (cf. Rom. 10:3), so we know when we pattern our worship according to New Testament worship, adding nothing to, nor leaving anything out, we are approaching God in worship according to His righteousness.
The Lord's Supper will also be included in our worship time. During this time, trays of unleavened bread (symbolizing the body of Jesus) and cups of grape juice (symbolizing the blood of Jesus) will be passed throughout the auditorium. This is a celebration of what Jesus did for us on the cross. (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23-26) You need not feel compelled to participate. You are welcome to just pass the trays to the next person.
In our Sunday assembly, trays will be passed to collect a weekly financial offering. Our members will give as they have been prospered to meet the needs of the church in teaching and benevolence. Our guests are neither asked nor expected to participate. (cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-2)
We do ask that you complete a card found on the racks in front of you with your information, and any needs you may have and place that in the tray as it is passed.
When you visit you will hear spoken prayers and a lesson from God's Word We believe in the power of prayer and God's Word, so these aspects will take up a considerable amount of our worship time. The lesson is normally 25-30 minutes long. We hope you find it refreshingly Bible-centered and applicable to your life. Accurate and relevant Bible teaching is an important element of our assemblies. We believe that we should have Scriptural authority for everything that we do as Christians, and as a church. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it is all that we use to determine our practices and beliefs. (cf. Tit. 2:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:2-5)
At the close of the each lesson, the preacher will extend an "invitation," which is directly in line with the Scripture that says "the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come'" (Rev. 21:17). This is an opportunity to respond to the message that was just preached. It has always been intended that those who hear the Gospel obey it (i Pet. 4:17). This is the purpose of the invitation. If you need help in study so that you understand what God's will is in your life, we have an open invitation to supply a study partner available at your convenience.
Listen to the Gospel. It is the power of God unto Salvation (Rom. 1:16). Today is the day of Salvation to all who will have it (2 Cor. 6:1-2). It is our hope that you will participate in the worship service, through singing with us (song books are provided), pray with us, and read scriptures with us (a bible is also provided in the racks in front of you). In the process we hope you will see your need (as everyone has the need) to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please stay a while after our worship service, as we would like to introduce ourselves to you, and get to know you.
Heartfelt, simple Biblical worship. Solid Bible teaching in sermons and classes. Children's classes for all ages. Children welcome in our worship. Easy access for handicapped and elderly. Correspondence studies and home classes available.