worship

Worship
 
Sunday Morning Worship
Our Sunday morning service usually lasts about two hours. Normally our worship in song lasts around thirty minutes and is divided into two sections before and after the offering. We ask that people remain standing during this time. However, if you need to be seated, please feel free to do so.
 
During the morning offering time, the congregation says a “Proclamation over the Offering” to express our faith in God's promise (Malachi 3:10-11).  Some come forward to present their offerings while others wait for the ushers to collect the offering by passing offering plates. Others place their tithes and offerings in the Tithe Box located at the main entry door of the sanctuary. During this time people make their way around the sanctuary to greet and welcome one another. We believe that our faithfulness in giving tithes and offerings is an act of obedience and worship that provides for the Lord's work through the church.
 
Our typical worship incorporates a variety of praise and worship choruses.  Words for the songs can be followed on the projector screen.  We encourage everyone to worship at appropriate times and in Biblical ways such as with singing, hands lifted, clapping, dancing, or kneeling.
 
We are open in our services to the operation of spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit wills (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Sometimes we pray for the sick and the oppressed through the laying on of hands and anointing with oil (James 5:14). From time to time the Lord will move in such a way that the regular order of service must be altered. As we seek the Lord according to His Word and Holy Spirit, we have found that the Lord will manifest His glory and touch us as in the Biblical days.
 
We want each one to feel free to respond to God during our altar calls without time restraints. Therefore we do not always have an official end (or Benediction) to our service.  In general, we ask everyone to reverence what God is doing in people’s lives by waiting until the altar call has ended before leaving. Of course, if people need to leave at a certain time, they are free to do so. On the first Sunday morning, we end the service by sharing together in the Lord's Supper.

Children and Youth
Our church is kid friendly. We have an Infant Nursery available for ages newborn through 1 yr. Our Tots N Training is for children 2 & 3 yrs. Beginning in September 2010 the children ages 4 through 12 years will go upstairs for Sunday School immediately following Pastor Keith’s children’s message (prior to the main message). We also have a “Cry Room” for mothers with nursing infants or crying children. Youth meet on Wednesday nights.

Sunday Evenings
Our Sunday evening events begin at 6:00 p.m. The schedule is a follows:
 
On the first Sunday evening of the month we have Family Food, Fun, and Fellowship.  We meet together outdoors on the church lawn behind the church (weather permitting). Everyone who is able is encouraged to bring sandwiches, chips, drinks, desserts to share and then play volleyball, touch football, horseshoes or just enjoy sitting together and visit.  You might want to bring your own lawn chair. The smaller kids play on the playground equipment or chase and play.  The nursery is closed. If weather is bad, we move indoors to the fellowship hall for our regular Bible Fellowship.
 
On the second, third, and fourth Sunday evenings we have Bible Fellowship upstairs in the fellowship hall.  We will bring something to share for a meal.  After the meal we sing hymns, share testimonies, share in an open forum Bible Study led by Pastor Keith, and receive the Lord's Supper. A nursery is available.

On the fifth Sunday we allow different individuals to sing, do skits, or share a talent.  A nursery is available.
 
Wednesday Mid-Week Meetings
Our Wednesday Mid-Week Service meets from 7-8 p.m. The women have their group gathering in the sanctuary, the youth meet upstairs, and the men meet at the home of John Burns on the north end of the church property. A nursery is available at the church for ages newborn through 4 years. The boys older 4 years meet with the men and the girls over 4 years meet with the women.