It can be intimidating to try a new church. We hope to answer any questions you might have about what to expect if you decide to visit our church.
WILL I Feel Comfortable?
We hope so! Our people and our buildings are not fussy, flashy, formal, or plastic. We are real, imperfect people who come together weekly to remember the two commandments Jesus gave us in Matthew 22: 37-39:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
In our church, you will find:
- Upbeat preaching and worship
You will not find:
- Hellfire and brimstone
- Guilt and shame
- Judgment and bullying
- The Bible used as a weapon
We are a small congregation so your presence will be noticed, but please don't be afraid of that. We are happy to have guests and your level of interaction is totally up to you.
What is Worship LikE?
Our service is at 10 am every Sunday. It lasts about 45-60 minutes. We offer communion with bread and grape juice on the first Sunday of every month and all are welcome to participate. We sing traditional hymns - our music director, Carin, plays beautifully on the piano and organ. Sometimes our choir sings. We say some prayers aloud together, most of which change weekly, but we always say the Lord's Prayer (Our Father, who art in heaven...). Early in the service, members and attendees share their joys and concerns with the congregation, as well as any God is Still Speaking moments. Pastor Jim shares a joke during Helen's Moment, in honor of longtime member, Helen, who presented him with joke books when he joined our church. Pastor Jim's sermons are posted on our blog if you'd like to read an example of what you might hear in church. If you'd like to see a sample bulletin to see how our service is usually structured, please click here.
What about Children?
Our congregation loves its children. We have a children's message during the service and we are actively working on our children's program. Children are welcome to stay with their families in the pews or they may go upstairs to the balcony where they can play while still hearing the service. We plan to start offering Sunday school once a month in the near future. We have stuffed animals in our pews, left from our previous pastor whose figure-skating grandson had heaps of them from his competitions. We have toys in our narthex (the entranceway) and in the balcony - your little ones are welcome to help themselves. We also have a playground with swings, seesaws, airplane, and merry-go-round.
What should I Wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. Some people wear jeans and sweatshirts, some wear business casual. Please come as you are.
What is the Location Like?
We have two buildings - the church, which was built in 1835, and the community hall, which used to be the schoolhouse for Morganville. The church does not have plumbing and a restroom with a changing table is located in the community hall, which is always open during our services. Both buildings are accessible by ramps as well as stairs. You can park on either side of the church. The countryside around the church is beautiful - there are farmers' fields on two sides and a horse pasture across the street. You may see Jack, the Clydesdale, out enjoying the fresh air. For a map with our location, click here.