Going to church for a first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
"What if they make me stand up and say something?!!" Rest assured, we won't embarrass you in any way. Our church wants you to be as comfortable as possible. Worship should always be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We will do all we can so that you are uplifted in praise and worship to God.
"I just know my child will be noisy and will bother everyone." We welcome and encourage all children to attend our services. We even have a "children's sermon" up front if they desire to join us. If you do feel uncomfortable with your child's noise level, we have a nursery with video of the service so that you can continue to hear the worship service.
"I know I will feel out of place." I hope that this visitor's guide will help you to feel at ease. If you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask the ushers near the entrance to the sanctuary. Our members will offer their hospitality and guide you in the right direction!
"I am scared I will say or do something wrong." Every one of us has felt this way in a new situation. We hope you see the folks at Grace to be ordinary, friendly people like yourself. We will accept you as you are and stand beside you as you become what Christ wants you to be.
"I just want to watch at first, and I know they will try to sign me up in activities right away." It is unpleasant to receive undue pressure as if we were victims of some "membership drive" looking for numbers only. We feel that church membership should be on a volunteer basis, and that the most important aspect is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It does take time for this to be cultivated. We respect the need for you to evaluate your faith and decide on your level of involvement. While we do encourage worship attendance and Christian involvement, we try to do so in a comfortable and pressure-free environment.
"I don't know that much about the Bible." Worship services and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You will not have to answer any questions you don't feel comfortable answering. Remember, as Christians we do not always have all the answers, and sometimes the best response to a question can be, "I don't know."