We love visitors, and we want you to know what to expect when visiting our home. Paul told the Corinthian church that everything was to be done for edification (1 Corinthians 14.26), so our service is a time of encouragement, prayer, love, and participation within our church family. We sing together, pray together, and show our love for one another. There is no clergy–laity division in our congregation. We are all ministers and priests (1 Peter 2.9) and therefore are all participants. Check out our Facebook page to see what’s going on this week with the church.
If you’re a current church of Christ member, you won’t find too many surprises. We tend to be a bit casual, but there are plenty of us who still wear our Sunday best to services.
Our singing is led by a song leader. For those unfamiliar with churches of Christ, you may wonder why our singing is a cappella (without musical instruments). There are lots of reasons for this, but mostly it’s because we try to imitate the original church organized by the Apostles in this respect. Since these original churches had no instruments, neither do we.
We also take the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, every Sunday. Again, this goes back to the original churches who gathered for a meal as part of their assemblies. They took wine and bread in remembrance of Jesus and His Last Supper with his Apostles on the night He was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11.23-26).
We also take a few minutes to collect money so that our church may serve a very specific purpose. The money collected enables us to serve the needs of the community. We feed approximately 100-200 people a hot meal every Tuesday night (see our Caring Kitchen page) and give out food to approximately 15-20 people during the rest of the week. This collection also funds other things like the maintenance of the physical church building. Electricity. Gas. Internet. You know–the same kinds of bills we all have. We ask only our members to give–not guests!
About 25-30 minutes of each Sunday is spent listening to our minister John Begin deliver a message. This is a time when we open our Bibles and learn something from God’s Word to help us become more like His Son. That is our goal in life, and it is our hope for one another – to become more like Jesus. To use an educational analogy, this is a time for us to be students of the Word so we can apply this wisdom to the “practical” of our daily lives.
We are a church that believes in the power of prayer. We pray during the Lord’s Supper and several other times during the service. At the beginning of worship, members and visitors are encouraged to write down any prayers requests on the tear-out sheet in the church bulletin. These are collected during communion and are announced and prayed about later in our worship.