What to Expect When You Come
We understand it can be hard to visit a church for the first time.
With this section we hope to answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit. If any of your questions are not answered below, please let me know so we can add them. We hope to make your visit relaxed and enriching. Above all, it is our hope that when you visit St. Paul’s, you hear about your Savior Jesus and through his love find life eternal. Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to meeting you as a guest of our church family very soon!
 
When are church services held?
Sunday worship is held at 9:00 a.m.

 
What are worship services like?
Our church services last about one hour.  Each week the order of service is printed in the service folder with references to our red hymnal or the bible.  The entire service is also displayed on screens at the front of the church. Our worship services focus on God's Word--the Bible.  During the services, we confess our sins, read the God’s Word, and pray.  We sing a variety of tunes from traditional hymns to contemporary praise songs.  Every church has its own style of worship. It may take you a couple Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God and receiving God's gifts together. To learn more about Lutheran Worship see our worship page.
 
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or give anything, or be singled out in any way?
We will not make you wear a visitor badge or stand up so that everyone can see you. Our greeters, ushers and regular worshipers will probably greet you as you enter and leave church.  It is up to you whether you want to engage in an extended conversation with us. You may decide to visit a few times before starting a conversation. We do not ask visitors to give a dime when we pass the offering plate. We would like you to fill out the friendship register, along with our regular attendees, when it is passed down the aisle.
 
Is it okay to just watch at first?
We don’t want to pressure you to join our church.  It is more important that you trust in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.  You should first listen and evaluate whether our church teaches God’s word and that you are in agreement with those teachings.  Then, when you are ready, we can discuss how you can become a part of our church family.
 
What do I wear?
Bible presents no dress code, except for simple decency and Christian humility. Wear whatever is most comfortable. Some of our members wear their “Sunday best” and show up in suits and dresses.  Others wear t-shirts and jeans.  Most are in-between - a polo and khakis or a sweater and dress slacks.
 
What do my kids do?
It is a blessing to have your children in worship with us. We have a special message for them just prior to reading the Word of God. Your children may go up to the front of the church at this time if they feel comfortable doing so. If you child becomes fussy, you are welcome to take them to our Family Room, where you can calm them. The Family Room contains toys, books, a changing table, a sofa, and a television showing the worship service.  During our Sunday Bible Hour (10:15-11:15 a.m.), children in kindergarten through 6th grade can attend Sunday School while the adults and teens are in Bible Study.
 
How do I get to your church?
We are at 311 14th Avenue South in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  This is across the street from the splash pad, the Mead Ball Fields, and the west-side water tower.  Tap here to see a map.
 
What about parking?
We have a large parking lot on our property.  There is a public lot across the street and on street parking is allowed on Sunday mornings.
 
How big is your church?
Depending on the service and time of year, you can expect 200 or more people at a worship service.  The church itself seats at least 400 and is full for special services like Christmas and Easter.