What to Expect When You Visit
Thinking about visiting? We’d love to have you as our guest! We want you to feel welcome and comfortable. Sometimes visiting a church can be intimidating, and we want to do whatever we can to make your first-time visit to CCC an uplifting and relaxing one. Here are a few questions that might be on your mind:
How should I dress?
We are a “come as you are” church. Some folks wear casual clothes including jeans, some are a little dressier, and some dress in even more formal style. Wear whatever you are comfortable with.
What happens when I get there?
We suggest that you arrive about ten minutes before the service (or a little earlier if you have young children that you would like to have cared for in the nursery.) When you come in the front doors to our narthex / foyer you will be warmly greeted and given that Sunday’s bulletin and a welcome packet.
Nursery location will be pointed out to you if you choose to take advantage of it. Our nursery attendant will be on duty in the Nursery from 9:15 – 11:15 AM.
Children’s Church will dismiss before the sermon (the teacher will arise and lead any children who wish to participate to Room 4.) Children’s Church meets from 10:15 – 11:15 AM.
We ask that all cell phones be turned off before the service.
What is your style of worship?
|"Variety is the spice of life... and of worship!"|
We are blessed with two gifted folks who lead us in our musical offerings to the Lord:
- Our Minister of Music, who is also the Adult Choir Director, usually oversees the musical selections and leads the choir during the Offering. She also plays a mean violin on occasion!
- Our Worship Leader leads a Worship team and the congregation in more contemporary music during the first 3-5 songs of the service on two Sundays of the month, usually the second & fourth Sundays. He also occasionally recruits friends from other churches to participate. We have vocalists, piano/keyboard, guitars and sometimes drums.
- Some of us in the congregation bring tambourines to play during appropriate songs.
- For more details and an introduction to all our Music Ministry folks, please check out the Music Ministry section of our website.
Some folks lift their hands to the Lord during worship, while others are more comfortable with their hands at their sides. It's all good...
Sometimes during the singing, a few folks will offer the Lord a worship dance, either choreographed or spontaneous, but always "in order". Please visit the Worship Dance page for more information.
What happens in the Sunday service?
We don’t have a formal liturgy service. Every week we have a sermon that is about 20-30 minutes long, usually in mid-service. We share communion during each Sunday service.
Our worship services include singing to the Lord, prayer, and Biblical teaching. We start out with a service outline as listed in the bulletin, but we also aim to be flexible and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He may sometimes "change the script" a bit, often inspiring the sharing of a word or symbolic picture given by the Lord, a word of encouragement, a testimony of thanksgiving for God's faithfulness in a given situation, etc., by one or more members of the congregation. This is all done "in order" - Pastor Jim sometimes asks if anyone has something to share, and invites participation.
During the service we sometimes have an opportunity for people to greet one another. This is a great time to say hello to people sitting near you.
At 9:00 AM, we have an Adult Bible Study in the Sanctuary and in Collins Hall. It is participatory, so you can ask questions and offer comments and insights into the verses we are studying.
We start our worship service at 10:00 AM with an organ prelude during which we quiet our hearts and turn our minds toward the Lord.
Following the prelude, Pastor Jim greets and welcomes us, and makes any key announcements.
Next, we sing about 4 songs, sometimes praise choruses, sometimes hymns, and sometimes a mixture.
Then, Pastor Jim or someone else brings that day's message / sermon.
Following the message, we have a time of prayer for a variety of needs, and ending with the Lord's Prayer. The congregation often takes part in bringing forth prayer concerns and praises during this time.
Communion is celebrated next.
Offering baskets are available as you leave the Communion area, avoiding a separate "collection."
Immediately after the service, trained prayer teams will take positions at front of the sanctuary. They will be glad to pray for you about anything for which you desire prayer. Of course, all prayer requests are confidential. They would also be delighted to pray with you to meet the Lord Jesus, if you don't already know him. For more details, please see the Opportunities to Receive Prayer page.
Also immediately after the service, you are invited to join us (through one of the two doors at the front of the sanctuary) for refreshments and conversation in Collins Hall. We'd love to get to know you better!
We hope that you can join us for worship soon! If you have any other questions, please contact us.