When I come, what do I do with my kids?
We have worship first; so, your whole family will come into the auditorium for a time of singing, prayer, and communion. There are kids activity bags at our Connections Center in the lobby. These bags are available for any children who would benefit from a book or coloring sheets to get through a worship service. Before the sermon, children 2-6 are dismissed to Children’s Worship where they will get a lesson, songs, and activities aimed at their age group. After worship, there are Bible classes for all ages.
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I’m new! Can I take communion?
Scripture teaches that communion is a demonstration of our spiritual sharing in the sacrifice of Christ. When a person hears the gospel, trusts in Christ, turns to God in repentance, confesses Jesus as Lord, and is baptized into Christ, then one becomes a participant in the sacrifice of Christ. If you have done those things, you should take communion. If not, we look forward to the day when you obey the gospel so that you can share in his body and blood. If you have questions about this and want to study further, let our preacher or one of the elders know and we will sit down and discuss it together (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
Why are there no guitars or pianos during the singing?
God ordained instruments of music to be used in Old Testament temple worship along with animal sacrifices, incense, and special priestly garments. We no longer live under the Old Testament law (Galatians 3:24-25; Ephesians 2:14-15). Christ is our priest and our sacrifice. We have no physical temple. We now offer spiritual sacrifices, including the fruit of our lips which praise God’s name (1 Peter 2:4-5; Hebrews 13:15). Because Jesus and the apostles did not ordain music in the ancient church, we simply “sing and make melody in our hearts” as early Christians did (Ephesians 5:19).
I notice your church is a “church of Christ.” What exactly does that mean?
Before Christ’s death and resurrection, he promised to build his church (Matthew 16:18). After his resurrection, his apostles proclaimed his redemptive death and resurrection and announced that Christ is Lord over all. 3000 submitted to Christ as Lord and were baptized in his name for the forgiveness of their sins. Those were the first members of Christ’s church and it has been growing ever since. So, when we say that we are a “church of Christ,” we are saying that we are a congregation of that church which began in Acts 2, fifty days after his death and resurrection. We try to follow the teachings of Jesus and his apostles just as they did (Acts 2:41-42,47).
What does “placing membership” look like or what does it mean?
Paul did something similar in Acts 9:26 when he came to Jerusalem from Damascus and sought to join himself to the Jerusalem Christians. There is no formal process for this in Scripture. Since God wants