Visiting a church for the first time can be a daunting experience. Here are some things that will hopefully help you prepare.
We are just north of 83 on Arlington Heights Rd. The driveway leading to our church building is on the west side of Arlington Heights across the street from a park and school.
When you arrive
With a church our size, you will not be able to be invisible. Somebody will welcome you and introduce themselves. You will be given a small handout that describes the order of our Sunday worship. Grab a cup of coffee.
What Should I Wear?
We dress casually. Feel free to dress in whatever way is comfortable for you. Jeans and a t-shirt are normal.
What Else Should I Expect?
We project artwork and the words to our music onto screens in the sanctuary. Our music style would be best described as contemporary praise while also drawing from hymns. We sit in the round with a large table in the center of the room from which we serve communion each week. We have found meeting in this configuration to be forming us away from becoming passive spectators of a few gifted performers. Rather, it re-centers us around the presence of Christ and seeing one another as fellow brothers and sisters.
We observe communion every Sunday. When we take communion, each row moves toward the north and south aisles and comes forward to receive the elements from a server. The server will offer the bread to you and say, “The body of Christ broken for you.” and then you are invited to tear off a piece of bread. Then the server will offer you the cup and say, “The new life in Christ’s blood.” You may then dip the bread into the cup and eat it. We also have gluten-free wafers available at each station.
Communion is open to all who have been baptized at any age. Those still awaiting baptism are still encouraged to come forward to receive a blessing.
What about the children?
We see children as fellow worshippers with us. Jesus says that anyone who receives a little one in his name, receives him.
We have a nursery for ages up to 18 months (Seedlings) and a class for 2-4 year olds (Blossoms) that both start prior to the beginning of service.
Children ages 5-10, worship in the main sanctuary with everyone until after the Scripture readings. At that time, a worship leader will say, “Let us now send the children to continue their worship with a blessing.” All of the children gather at the doors of the sanctuary and face us. The congregation extends our hands to them and says,
“Children of God, the Lord bless you as you continue your worship.”
The children and teachers respond back,
“And also with you.”
They go into an adjoining classroom to hear a Bible story with a time of response. All the children are picked up from their classrooms after the sermon during our worship in song.