what to expect

We recognize that visiting a new place can be a little daunting. We want to alleviate some of the anxieties by explaining what takes place as well as answering some frequently asked questions (FAQ's).


Sunday Worship Service  Online Only through January 30th @ 10:30AM

On Facebook Live service, go to: facebooklive


UPDATE ON ONLINE GATHERING AND WORSHIP

 

During the pandemic, we have consistently made loving our neighbors and caring for one another, especially the most vulnerable among us, the primary motivating factor in discernment and decision-making. This has been done as we have monitored the COVID impact in our community and congregation. That has not changed. 

 

With the current extreme transmissibility and positivity rate in our city and region, as well as the regular incidences within the congregation, the Leadership Team has extended the remote worship and discipleship model to January 31, 2022. In the meantime, the following decision-making framework will be used in discerning when we can gather onsite again or if the remote model will be extended.  

  • Community positivity rate.  
  • The level of hospitalizations in our city.  
  • The incidence of COVID in our congregation. 
  • The incidence of COVID in our daycare, NCLC. 

We desire to contribute to the wellbeing of our congregation and the common good of our community, especially the taxed healthcare system. Please be praying for the wisdom and discernment for our leaders in these days. We also encourage you to connect online as often as possible, while also connecting to your brothers and sisters and neighbors in sharing God’s hope. If you become aware of someone within our congregation who contracts COVID, requiring isolation, and needs support, please contact the church office. 

 

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 13:1) 

 

THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE GATHERINGS THROUGH JANUARY 31ST.

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Step-by-step explanation of the Worship Service


As you enter the sanctuary (this is the place where we meet to worship) you will be greeted by our ushers  and help you find a seat if the place        is crowded. 


The services usually consist of the following elements: 

  1. Announcements - a few of the upcoming activities will be highlighted by a pastor near the beginning of the service.
  2. Worship in Song – the words are always projected on the screen so you can follow along. If you don’t feel comfortable singing then you can just read the words to yourself.
  3. Pastoral Prayer – usually one of the pastors will lead the congregation in a time of prayer for various needs in the community and the world. Sometimes the pastor will open the altars (these are the short rails in front of the platform, see FAQ’s for an explanation) for people to come forward and pray. There is no pressure for you or anyone to come forward.
  4. Offering – as part of our worship, we have a time for the congregation to give back to God. The ushers will come forward and plates will be passed around. If you are a guest, please don’t feel that you have to give. This is part of the worship for those who regularly attend.
  5. Sermon – Pastor Geoff DeFranca (the Senior Pastor) usually brings the sermon for the day. These messages usually last 25-30 minutes and seek to connect the truths of the Bible to the realties of our journey today (to listen to a podcast of a recent sermon click here).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


What time are services?

Worship Services @ 10:30AM: In January join us on-line on facebooklive:  facebooklive


When On-site Service resumes:


Which door do I come in through?

Please enter at the entrance that has a sign that reads: 

“Church Offices & Worship Center.”  When you enter, take a right to get to the offices and the sanctuary.


Where is the sanctuary?

The sanctuary is located at the front of the building nearest to Saint Laurent Street. The easiest way to access the sanctuary is through the main entrance or through the doors marked “Church Offices & Worship Center.”


Is there Childcare? Where?

Yes, there is a nursery located in the hall to the left of the sanctuary and is fully staffed for both services and during the Journey Group hours. We welcome all children ages infant up to 4 years. When your child is dropped off you will asked to sign in, being sure to leave a cell phone number so that you can be contacted immediately if there are any questions, problems or emergencies.


Is there Children’s programming? Where?

Children ages 5 and up will continue to join together in the sanctuary to worship our awesome God! Just as children are included in family gatherings, so should they be a part of our church family gatherings.


Children ages Kindergarten through 2nd grades are being dismissed from the sanctuary before the sermon to for a time of learning God’s names, attributes, and character then authentic, age-appropriate worship


Our older friends are using the worship activity page to focus on and understand each part of the worship experience. Be sure to grab a clipboard on the way into the sanctuary and look for Mrs. Mary after the service for a prize!


To see our current weekly programs, go the the Families with Children's page or check out the weekly newsletter.


Is there programming for Youth? Where?

Yes, to see our current programs,  go to the Youth page or

check the weekly newsletter.


Are there Adult Sunday School Classes? Where? 

Yes, we run an adult Sunday School class but we call it Journey Group. Currently this class take place  Sundays at 9:00AM.  For more information on the current topic and for the link, check out the Journey Group page


What is the altar for?

The altars, located at the front of the sanctuary, are a place to come and spend time in prayer with God. While we recognize that you don’t need an altar to pray, they provide a set apart and symbolic place for you to come and commune with God and offer to God the details of your life. Often, the Pastor will open the altars for prayer during the worship service.


What is the offering used for?

The offering is an act of worship. The offerings collected fund the mission and ministry of the church. This allows for us to provide pastors and staff for the care and oversight of the congregation, meeting the costs and care of the facilities, providing church programs and ministries, outreach to the local community, ministry to the poor and needy, ministry and evangelism around the world, as well as paying allocations for our district and international partnerships in the Church of the Nazarene.