New to the Church

“Who are these people? Why do they keep smiling at me? What is this place about?” We get it. Coming to a new church can feel a little intimidating so here are some answers to questions you may have.

Why would I want to come here?

Life is hard. God is love. Church is a way to bring those ideas together in a way that provides purpose, meaning and connection through Jesus. We form this community so that we can become more compassionate, loving, forgiving, and justice-seeking. We create a home in the world and a hope for the world.

What should I wear?

Whatever you want. We’re not fancy or formal. We want you to feel comfortable.

What happens on Sunday mornings in worship?

We’re going to sing and pray and listen to a message, and probably laugh a few times. There’s a printed order of service for those who want to hold on to something. Most everything else will be projected on the screens.

What is there for kids?

We are extremely blessed with strong programs for Children and Youth. During the “school year” we have Sunday School, outings and service projects for Preschool through High School. See our Children’s and Youth ministry pages here.

What about the music?

We primarily use a songbook called “The New Century Hymnal” but we use other music as well. If you see a number next to a song title, that means it’s written out in a hymnal (songbook) in the pew (bench) where you are sitting. If you don’t know the song and can’t read music, just kind of read along, we’ll bet you catch the hang of it soon.

What about the Bible?

We love the Bible; we take it seriously within its historical, social and literary context. We don’t read the Bible literally or as “the final word.” We believe that God is Still Speaking every day.

Why do people put money in the plate?

Theologically, the offertory time is an opportunity to show gratitude for ALL the gifts God has given to us and to demonstrate reliance on God for continuing to give those gifts. Practically speaking, offerings pay for salaries, lights, heat and a lot of good work done through the church. Special offerings are taken to support other work. You can give an offering online here at our giving page.

What if I’m not sure what I believe?

You are in good company. We are a “non-creedal” church. That means that we don’t have a list of things we ask people to believe in, and we encourage people to grow, question, and change those beliefs over time. The relationship we have with God at age 6 should not be the same relationship we have at 60.

I have more questions…

Excellent! Give us a call, shoot a message over the interwebs or just show up. We’ll be happy to get to know you.

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