So it’s your first time at Bethel? First of all… WELCOME! We trust you will able to truly worship God “in spirit and in truth” at our church.
The first thing you should know about us is that we’re a “casual” church… no dress code here! If you wish to bring something to drink into the sanctuary with you, by all means feel free to.
If you have any questions at all about our church, ask one the ushers at the front doors. They also know all about our children’s programs and will be able to direct your family accordingly.
Our church service tends to follow a modern Protestant (non-ceremonial) format: worship begins with some singing and prayer, followed by any important community-related announcements we feel you should know about. Then the ushers will pass the offering plates around. PLEASE DO NOT FEEL YOU HAVE TO PUT MONEY IN THE PLATE. The offering is for those of us who consider Bethel to be our spiritual home and so we are taking responsibility for her financially as well.
Following some more music and prayer, the message will be given. This can follow different formats:
– Pastor Mark may be preaching in a sermon series based on a book of the Bible,
– we may build a service that focuses around Bethel’s vision statement (Responding to the Heart of God; Transforming the Heart of the City, Nation, and the World)
– we may have an outside speaker coming in (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, for instance, tend to come once a year)
– we may even have a panel discussion on any one of a million “Crucial Conversations”, such as sexuality, that are of importance to believers today.
Once the message has been given, the worship team will return for some concluding music and prayer, followed by dismissal. By all means introduce yourself to the staff, and come and join us for coffee at Coffee and Conversation in the Gym so we can get to know you better!
Communion is usually held once a month, on the first Sunday of the month. While all are welcome, we do ask that only those who consider themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ partake of the bread and juice.
Any more questions? Give us a call at 542-2990 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org