What to Expect?
What are worship services like?
Our services last about one hour. The order of service is printed in a bulletin with references to our hymnal and the bible. The entire service is also displayed on screens at the front of the church. Our services focus on God's Word -- the Bible. 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 how we do it at St. Paul's.
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.
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 name tag or stand up so that everyone can see you. Our 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. You may decide to visit a few times before starting a conversation. We do not ask visitors to give when we pass the offering plate. We would like you to fill out the connect card along with the others in attendance.
What do I wear?
The 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?
There is a special message for them just prior to reading the Word of God. If they feel comfortable, your children may go up to the front of the church at this time, you can accompany them if they need encouragement, or they can stay in the pew. If you child becomes fussy, you can to take them to our Family Room to 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 (9:15-10:15 AM), children in 4K through 6th grade can attend Sunday School while the adults and teens are in Bible Study.
What about parking?
We have a large parking lot on our property, and a public lot across the street plus on-street parking is allowed on Sunday mornings.
How big is your church?
Depending on the service and time of year, you can expect 100 or more people at a worship service. The church itself seats at least 400 and is full for special services like Christmas and Easter.