For First Timers and Visitors

We're a friendly community and we're glad you want to visit! Our hope is whether you stay for just one Sunday or continue to attend, you'll encounter Jesus today within our doors.


It's difficult to remain invisible in a small church community like ours.  Know that somebody will welcome you and introduce themselves and probably give you a small handout that describes the order of our Sunday worship.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea!  And keep reading below for more details about what you can expect on a Sunday morning...

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be a daunting experience! Here are some things that will hopefully help you feel comfortably prepared.


What Should I Wear? 

Feel free to dress in whatever way is comfortable for you.  We dress casually. Jeans and a t-shirt are normal. 

What Else Should I Expect?

  • An eclectic style: Our liturgy and our music are crafted using resources from throughout church history: some ancient hymns and prayers, and other more recently written songs and prayers composed just this week for our specific church community.
  • Facing the center: We sit "in the round" with a large table in the center of the room from which we serve communion each week. There isn't a stage or platform - and this is intentional! We've found that when we worship facing one another around the Communion table, we aren't being formed into passive spectators watching a show. Instead, we are formed into a community with Christ at our center.
  • Art and symbol: God redeems our imaginations as we learn how to live as new creation. You'll notice art on the walls and objects on our worship table that all point us to who God is and what we believe He's up to in this world.

Read more about our worship liturgy.


Communion
We observe communion every Sunday.  


You'll be invited to come up and receive the bread and the juice 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 the table and receive a blessing. Cross your arms over your chest (an ancient expression that communicates you would like to be prayed for) and a prayer blessing will be offered for you.

What about kids?

We love being an intergenerational family at Life on the Vine!


If your kids choose to stay with you throughout the service, know that we believe children are fellow worshippers with us, and we embrace all that children bring: their wonder and curiosity, as well as their distractedness, noise, and chaos! Jesus says that anyone who receives a little one in his name, receives him. We also have activity bags with legos and small whiteboards to help keep little hands busy as the kids listen along and participate.


If your children would prefer to join one of the children's classes, children over the age of 4 join us for the first part of our worship service before they continue together in another room. Children under the age of 4 are dropped off in their classes before the worship service begins. 


To learn more about our Children's Ministry classes, go here.