You can expect a welcoming group of folks here!
When you come into the foyer of the church you will be welcomed by greeters. While there are pandemic restrictions in place, the bulletins will be placed on the pews where you are allowed to sit. Any place there are 3 or more bulletins has been designated for families of 3+, otherwise there are 2 bulletins where either a couple or individual may sit. We will be skipping pews and sitting folks 6 feet apart in the pews. An usher can help to direct you. The service prayers and music will be shown on the screens.
What is the service like?
The 1st and 4th Sundays we follow a service from our Book of Common Prayer called Morning Prayer. 2nd and 3rd Sundays are Holy Communion. 5th Sundays include the Litany.
Each service begins with singing a hymn and includes readings from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and prayers found in the Book of Common Prayer. Pastor Benner preaches based on a Scripture read that morning.
Is there nursery?
Nursery is not available during Covid-19 restrictions. When possible again Nursery will be available for children under the age of five. Just let one of the ushers know! They will show you where to go and make sure that there is someone there for you.
Is there Sunday School?
Adult Sunday School classes are not being held during Covid-19. Senior High/ College Sunday School is held every first and third Sunday at 9am.
Otherwise, there is an adult class, a class for high school, and a class for elementary and middle school aged kids. Sunday school begins at 9.
What should I wear?
You will see a mix of casual, business casual, and “Sunday best.” Please be comfortable and come to worship with us!
What is your music like?
There is a mixture of classical compositions, traditional hymns, and modern praise music during the service. We have a choir and a praise team who assist in leading the worship music. We enjoy using both our organ and our piano during the services.
Can I take Communion?
We welcome all baptized believers in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to join us for Communion. We see Holy Communion as a special demonstration of our relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We believe that the presence of Christ is given to us in the bread and wine as we receive them in faith and that there is a mystery surrounding this sacrament.
Two Sundays a month we take Communion together. Ushers direct rows to go up to the front of the church where we kneel (or stand) at the Communion rail and receive a wafer and then either wine in the chalice or grape juice in an individual cup. You may choose to dip your wafer in the chalice instead of drinking from the cup. We serve gluten free wafers.
Anyone may come forward to the Communion rail and receive a blessing from the pastor. If for any reason you can not take the elements or if you are bringing up a child who is not ready to take Communion, feel free to cross your arms over your chest and the pastor will pray for you.
What does “Reformed” mean?
Marty Foord, in his article entitled What makes a Christian Reformed? on The Gospel Coalition website, says, “A label like “Reformed” helps us identify the unique characteristics of one strand within the Christian tradition; and to evaluate whether its emphases and reading of Scripture support our love and service toward God.” He helps explain Reformed as a practice that developed as an offshoot of the Protestant tradition which, “is usually distinguished by the four classic “alone” slogans: Scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and faith alone. It contends that Scripture alone is the supreme authority for believers, and that salvation is by God’s grace alone, because of Christ’s work alone, received by faith (or trust) alone. In opposition to this, Roman Catholicism upholds the supreme authority of Scripture and tradition, and salvation by faith as well as a believer’s good works (even if they are spirit-empowered).”