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What do kids do during the worship service?
We encourage our families to stay together for the whole service. We know that the result is a noisier and less serene atmosphere, but the noises that do happen are understandable and definitely worth the benefits. Everybody in our community has opportunities to “parent in the pew”, and we value those times because we believe it can produce long-lasting effects.
For example. Scott Brown says this:
“There is great value for a very young child experiencing the deep and authentic worship of the church. Something is being transferred as they watch their fathers give of the family resources during the offering. As they grow up, their understanding will increase. Something is being transferred as they watch the adults “worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). They don’t get everything, but they can get something from observing the fervency and genuineness of the church’s expression of love for God, dependence upon Him, and joy in Him. This is the value of having children in church. Children progressively understand what a parent and the wider church members love and appreciate. Year after year, their understanding builds. Year after year, the well is filling up. The cumulative effect of deep and significant thinking and activities is what we are looking for.”
We know very well that it is more challenging to keep the kids with you, but our community is very understanding because we believe in the great benefits it affords.
What is your worship style?
You will find that the music on Sunday morning is a simply arranged mix of contemporary worship choruses in addition to more traditional hymns. The lyrics for the music each Sunday are purposefully God-centered, biblically based, and reflective of spiritual truth. As the London Baptist confession states:
But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by himself,2 and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imagination and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures.
What about missions?
Our church supports the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program, which has been very consistent and prolific in its missions efforts. Additionally, we look for opportunities for whole families to be involved in prayer for missionaries known to our church body as well as opportunities to take short term mission trips. Some of our membership even participate in doorstep evangelism in the neighborhoods of our community.
However, we also believe the ministry of hospitality can be a form of evangelistic outreach. We encourage our members to make it a habit to invite both church members as well as their neighbors into their homes for dinners and fellowship time. It is our belief that time together with a biblically structured family is a very effective evangelistic tool. Respectful, obedient children; supportive and nurturing wives; and gentle but courageous men proclaim the truth of the Gospel in a very tangible way that can go beyond two questions or four laws. Although staying in your local area may not be as common a theme in the minds of many when it comes to missions, Romans 10:14,15 is true even for the people in our own neighborhoods too:
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14,15 ESV)
We believe that God has placed each family in a very important place in our community. An evening in the home of another family builds relationships and paves the way for deeper conversations, questions, and opportunities to share the Gospel. This is not to say that home-based hospitality is the only way, but it is a powerful tool for many of the families in our church. For more information, this article contains a more lengthy explanation.
How do I join the church?
There is detailed information on joining the church in the constitution and by-laws, but feel free to talk to an elder or deacon to find out more as well. One thing you’ll find is that prospective members are asked to sign a membership covenant. The membership covenant is intended to address the question, “How do we commit to living together as the body of Christ?” The membership covenant is an important way to communicate that joining a church is an agreement to spiritual and relational commitments within the body of Christ that are designed to build up the corporate body and enhance the corporate testimony of the church in the community.
Also, church membership is the means by which the church can identify to the world who is a true believer. Church membership is a witness to the belief that a person is indeed saved and under the ecclesiastical authority of the local elder body.