The Bible Study
Every Sunday morning, we meet 1 hour prior to the worship service for 50 minutes of Bible study. During the study, we encourage questions about the lesson and are receptive to comments. The best Bible studies are those where people speak up in a Christ-like manner to give the group the benefit of their knowledge and perspective. We have teachers for the children and we’ll help you get them to class. If they are more comfortable staying with you, they are more than welcome to remain with you during the adult class.
The Worship Service
Following the opening announcements, the congregation will engage in a period of singing praises and hymns in adoration of God. We invite you to grab a song book and sing along. You will no doubt notice that we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. Like the early Christians, we sing a Capella.
We come before God in prayer several times during the worship. The men of the congregation will lead the prayers so that you won’t have to worry about being put on the spot by being called on to pray publicly.
On Sundays we partake of the Lord’s Supper. During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread and cups containing grape juice will be passed from person to person. It is up to you to decide if you will partake. Do not feel embarrassed if you prefer not to participate. Just pass the plate to the next person.
On Sundays we also make opportunity for the members to make a financial contribution. As commanded in the New Testament scriptures, we only take up a collection on the first day of the week. This collection is taken up in order to finance the work of the church. As our guest, you are not required or expected to contribute any money.
There will be a period of bible preaching. The sermon will last around 30 minutes, give or take, and the speaker will frequently refer to the Bible citing book, chapter and verse. You may notice that the preacher will not be referred to by titles such as “Reverend”, “Father”, “Pastor”, etc. Jesus taught his followers to avoid the use of religious titles. The New Testament does not have teachings that promote a clergy/laity system.
Immediately following the sermon, an invitation will be extended during the singing of a song. The invitation is simply a convenient time and opportunity for anyone to go to the front to seek spiritual assistance. Some go forward requesting prayers to be made on their behalf. Others may respond to the invitation because they wish to obey the gospel call and become a Christian.