What to Expect

 

Worship

We gather as a family of faith to worship at 10:00.  Following a classic Reformed format, the hour-long service includes hymns, prayers, scripture readings, a sermon, and an offering.  The Chancel Choir or Bell Choir provides an anthem.  Bulletins guide congregation participation with responsive and unison readings.

We celebrate communion 12 times a year and all who have been baptized in any Christian tradition are invited to participate.  It is our custom to serve each other, and the trays of gluten-free bread and grape juice are passed along the pews.  Three times a year (Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday) we celebrate by intinction, where we come forward to the communion table.

The morning offering supports the work of the congregation, and visitors may contribute as they feel led.

There are wireless hearing assist devices to amplify the sound system.  An usher will be happy to take you to the sound booth.  Large print bulletins, hymnals, and Bibles are available from the ushers.

Children

Children are always welcome in the worship service.  There are worship activity bags for preschool and early elementary children at the door of the sanctuary.  The ushers will help you find the appropriate bag.  Following the children’s message about half way through the service, children from three years old through sixth grade are dismissed for Sunday School.  Teachers will be waiting for the children at the back of the sanctuary.  Parents are always welcome to escort their children to the classroom and then return to the sanctuary.

Nursery

Infants and children are always welcome in our worship. Should you prefer, or need to leave with your child, a staffed nursery is provided in The Ark for children, three years and younger. The nursery is located just inside the east entrance of the church and is staffed by a professional child care provider who has cleared a state background check.

What to Wear

You may wear what is comfortable for you.  In our congregation, many people wear business casual or suits/dresses.