Wondering what to expect when you show up? Here's a (not as) brief (as I had hoped) explanation.
The church is located in a residental neighborhood. Free parking is available along the street.
We dress casual. My Sunday outfit is jeans and a hawaiian shirt. (I was in Hawaii for my 25th anniversary and got jealous of all the store clerks and restraunt servers wearing colorful shirts. So, I decided I was going to do that, too.)
We are small group with one staff member - me! - and a few volunteers. In order to have an effective children's ministry and engage with other age groups we've had to get creative.
On the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Sunday of the month we have what you might consider a traditional service.
We all know each other so there will be some chatting going on in the meeting place. We'll be sure to greet you, shake your hand and find out a bit about you. Everyone is friendly so don't be shy.
We start with singing 5 or 6 praise and worship songs. We've got a four or five piece band (sometimes Ron joins with his ukelele) and we play a variety of old and new hymns and choruses. I'm the bass player and I like bouncy music. I also usually pick out the songs, so that tends to be the style - haha.
After a quick anouncement and offering collection, the children are invited to children's church downstairs in our fellowship hall. Then I preach. I like to keep my sermons to around 20 minutes. We might have some time for prayer after the sermon, but usually it's just time to go. So, we all say goodbye and have a great week, and head off for lunch.
On the second and fourth Sunday I have a family service loosely based around the idea of Messy Church. We sing some songs, as usual, and then I teach a lesson that I hope interests all age groups. Usually included are a skit, a game and a craft or obejct lesson of some kind. We might build a potato battery, or something with Lego, or a cardboard junk house. Anyone can participate. It's fun and it's meaningful because it relates back to a Biblical truth.
Then we have coffee and cookies on the second Sunday and a potluck lunch on the fourth. It's a great time to get to know each other a little better.
That's about it! I hope you come check us out!