What to Expect Visiting a church for the first time can be filled with unknowns. Here’s some information to help you feel comfortable and welcome in our Christian community:
Our Sunday service takes place at 10:00 AM in the large hall that we call the sanctuary. Worship lasts about 75 minutes. A time to make friends and enjoy conversation follows worship in our Fellowship Hall.
Worship FormatOur service offers you the opportunity to connect with your faith through scripture, song, prayer, the spoken word and visual images. We provide a printed bulletin (including large print) for each service that details the order of worship, the unison prayers, and the hymn numbers. Click for sample bulletin.
Several times a month, worship is multi-generational. This means that kids not in the Nursery-3rd grade will stay with their families throughout the service. The music, sermon, and on-screen visuals are more kid-friendly. If the service includes Sunday School classes, kids leave the sanctuary after the Children’s Message, about 15 minutes into the service.
We use two hymnals: the New Century Hymnal is used for traditional hymns and the Sing!: Prayer and Praise Song Book is used for more contemporary songs.
The tradition of receiving an offering to support Bethel’s mission and ministries is practiced at all of our services. You are welcome to make a gift to the church as part of practicing generosity in your life. We also welcome gifts of your time and talents to our church or another community service organization.
Communion is offered on the second Sunday of each month and at various other times of the year as part of seasonal worship services. At Bethel, everyone is welcome to participate in Communion. Communion can be served in the pews or by intinction. During the worship service, the pastor will give clear instructions on how the sacrament will be offered.
Communion in the pews: Communion servers will pass a plate of bread through the church pews. In recognition of the community element of our faith, participants are asked to hold on to their bread until all are served so that we can partake of the bread as a community. Following the distribution of the bread, grape juice will be served in small plastic cups. Participants can partake in this element in their own time in recognition of the individual element of our faith.
Communion by intinction: Participants will come to a Communion station to take a piece of the bread of life and then will dip it into the cup of blessing. Communion will be served in the pews for those that are unable to approach the Communion stations.
Feel free to dress however you feel comfortable. For some this will mean casual clothes and for others it will be their Sunday best. God does not judge us based upon our attire and neither do we!
Nursery care is provided for children under the age of five in our Education Hall. Children in this age group are also welcome in church during worship. Look for the worship activity basket just before you enter the sanctuary for items to keep little hands busy. During the church service, children of all ages will be asked to come up front and sit on the stairs to hear a children’s message early in the church service. This is completely voluntary - they can come up on their own, be accompanied by you, or wait with you in the pew until after the message. On most Sundays, teachers will escort the children over age 5 to the Education Hall for church school following the children’s message. They will also escort the children back to the Fellowship Hall to meet their parents after their classes end. We offer church school classes for elementary, middle and high-school. Children and youth of all ages are also invited to stay in church for the entire service.
Following worship, our community gathers for fellowship time, where refreshments are offered.This ministry can take place in our Fellowship Hall, in our entry narthex or outside.You are welcome to participate in our fellowship time and get acquainted with the people at Bethel!