What to expect
Variety … that’s what you’ll find when you visit our services. But one thing you should expect in our church is a personal, uplifting worship experience. Our services are geared for participation. We typically worship as we live, with enthusiasm.
Messages that Challenge for Change
- In a world that is politically correct, one will see that the Bible isn't. Too often preaching has become nothing more than motivational talk, and edifying words. The Bible says that Scripture is given for "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, AND for instruction in righteousness" 2Timothy 3:16. Sometimes we need the tough talks about our spiritual conditions and what the Bible says about them. Please come expecting to be challenged for change.
- A nursery is provided for infants and toddlers. This loving, comfortable atmosphere helps show children at the earliest ages that church is a good place to be. Child care also frees parents for worship and reduces distractions.
- Bible-oriented activities are often provided for preschool and elementary-age children. At this level, young children are taught to sing, pray, memorize Scripture and learn important Bible truths. They are instructed and led in worship at their own levels.
- Music is a major feature of our worship, before, during and even after the service itself. Instruments range from piano and guitar, to drums and other percussion instruments. Whatever the accompaniment, inspired singing is the order of the day. Any given service may include traditional hymns, hand-clapping gospel songs, contemporary compositions or reverent worshipful choruses. Our church makes music more than a performance; it’s the music of worship.
- The service may include quiet times of waiting in God’s presence, spiritually savoring the sacred atmosphere.Other times may be vocal with collective praise as worshippers are invited to spontaneously express love and adoration to God. In everything, a flow of worship should be evident and, despite the spontaneity and excitement, a certain properness and order. Worship styles will reflect the spectrum of personalities. Some are quiet and reserved; some shout with joy; others are simply tender and openly emotional during times of praise or preaching.No sincere worshipper need feel out of place in our church. And each expression will blend without disruption into the flow of worship.
- A special time in the service is devoted to prayer. Needs from inside and outside the church family frequently are made known.The congregation prays together. All may pray aloud but conclude with a single voice, the worship leader or other designated person praying in behalf of all.
Ministry to the sick
- As in the New Testament, specific prayer may be offered for the sick. They will be invited forward to be anointed with oil (James 5:13-16) and/or have the ministers, leaders or other believers lay hands on them and pray (Mark 16:18).
- During the service, tithes and offerings will be received. More than a collection to pay church bills, this too is worship.
- Our members feel giving the tithe (the first tenth of income) and offerings declares that God comes first. It recognizes His blessing, expresses faith and seeks His guidance in every matter in life.
- The ministries of our church are supported solely by free-will giving. However, visitors need not feel obligated to give.
- An interesting aspect of an Assemblies of God church, is the operation of spiritual gifts. The planned service order may be suspended as individuals speak or share as prompted by the Holy Spirit, under the supervision of the pastor (1 Corinthians 12-14).
- One may speak out in an unknown tongue, a Spirit-guided language other than that of the congregation. Another individual, or perhaps the same one, will then give the interpretation.
- On occasion, the Spirit may prompt someone to speak out, to prophesy, in the language of the congregation. The gift of prophecy, the gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation, and other spiritual gifts bring the church immediate challenge and confirm Bible truths.
If you’ve wondered what a Pentecostal service is like, we invite you to observe and experience God’s joy and peace that defy description. And when you visit again, come expecting. Expect a move of God not only in the service, but also in your life. We think you’ll agree that the comfort, help and strength He gives are better experienced than explained.