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What kind of things do you do in your worship service?
We enter into the building to refuel our spiritual life for the week ahead and to give thanks for the blessings of the past week. We sing, we pray, we proclaim the Word of God, we share the bread of life on communion Sundays. We empower each other to be the best that we can be to fulfill our purpose in this life. All are welcome.
Who goes to your church?
We are made up of a motley crew: doctors, nurses, teachers, bankers, engineers, house wives, and homemaker, young and old, smart and challenged, saints and sinners. This is a place where all are welcome and as a village we work, play, and pray together.
Can I receive Holy Communion?
We offer Communion on the first and third Sunday of each month, and on major holidays like Easter. All are welcome to commune. We serve communion at the Alter or by intinction. Just follow the lead of the ushers and instructions in our service bulletin. If you prefer not to receive communion but would like to receive a blessing, please come forward and simply cross your arms in front of you.
In Holy Communion we celebrate the meal which Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died on the cross. In this meal we receive the bread and wine believing that Christ is present with us in these common elements to offer us forgiveness. We give thanks to God for this gift and are joined together as the body of Christ and sent out to love and serve our neighbor.
All are welcome at the Lord’s table. We commune at the Altar. You will be handed a wafer and a choice of wine or grape juice. The red liquid is wine; the clear liquid is grape juice.
During Holidays and special events, we commune by intinction. You will be handed the bread or wafer and will dip it into the chalice. The red liquid is wine; the clear liquid is grape juice. Gluten free wafers are also available. These are the free gifts of God for all the people of God.
What time is your Sunday worship service?
10:30 AM Sept-May 9:30 Am June- August
What about making an offering?
The offering time is primarily for our members to give their tithes and offerings to the Lord, and as a guest you need not feel obligated to give. If the Spirit moves you to put something in the offering, thank you!.
Do you have childcare or Sunday School Programs?
We have our children attending church with us. During church children are given the opportunity to come to the front for a children’s message. Giving the children an opportunity to speak to the congregation is one of our ways of giving them a voice in matters that are important to them. Learning to articulate to a congregation from an early age helps our youth through out their lives. While we do not have assigned child care, it is not unusual for our older youth to reach out to help babies and toddlers. Our Youth are also actively involved in participating in the service by collecting the offering, bring up the bread for communion, doing readings, lighting candles on the altar, serving as acolytes, and even cleaning the sanctuary following services. They know this is a place that belongs to them and they take a vested interest in being helpful.
How big is the church?
It is a very big little church reaching out in multiple ways to serve the people of the Great North Wood. Attendance is deceptive. We range from 30-60 depending on the time of year. If we all came together on the same Sunday, we could have 75-100. There are also many attending various interest groups from WELCA, to Bean Dinner Prepares and servers and hosts to make our guests feel comfortable. We raise money for many community outreach programs and mission efforts all over the state.
Should I sign the register?
We have a Welcome book on the table when you enter the sanctuary in which we invite all to write their names. We encourage you to include your contact information and indicate if you’d like to be contacted by someone from the church.
Do you have a time for fellowship?
Yes, from 11:30am to 12:30pm you are welcome to join us in the fellowship hall. Please come and have some coffee and snacks and meet some new folks.
Where are the restrooms?
The closest restroom is located in the fellowship hall to the right of the sanctuary. As you enter through the door you will go straight all the way to the window and it will be on your right.
What should I wear to church?
For the traditional services, you’ll see people wearing everything from resort-casual to jackets and ties. Most people seem to prefer what might be considered business-casual clothing, but basically just dress comfortably. Odds are you’ll find folks wearing the same kind of clothes as you are. At the more-casual contemporary service, you’ll see a lot of people in jeans and even shorts during the summer.
How can I learn more?
Please feel free to call the church office at 603-752-1410. Or stop by during office hours (Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-5pm). Pastor Gail, and the staff look forward to meeting you.