When trying something new, we want to know what we’re getting into. The same is true of a new worship experience. If you are new or considering attending Christ Church, you may have a few questions about what our worship service is like and what you can expect. If you don’t find the answers to your questions below, please contact us by clicking here.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR WORSHIP SERVICES
- When and how long is the worship service?
We offer two worship services: a traditional service at 8:30 AM and a contemporary service at 11:00 AM. Both services usually last about an hour, with the opportunity for fellowship afterwards in the lobby area.
- What’s the difference between the “traditional” and “contemporary” services?
The message (the sermon) at both services is exactly the same. The biggest difference is the type of worship music at each service. The 8:30 AM service contains hymns and other traditional music sung by our choir. The 11:00 AM service contains more contemporary/modern Christian music performed by our praise team. If you’re not sure which service is best for you, consider trying both.
- What are the sermons like?
The message is always delivered with the intention of speaking the truth about God, and supporting and inspiring us in our journey of faith as individuals and as the body of Christ. The message is always Scripturally-based and applicable to our lives, often incorporating real-life stories and even humor. To hear what a sermon is like at Christ Church, listen to a recording of a previous message by clicking here.
- What is the dress code?
Just as Jesus accepted everyone who came to Him, regardless of how they were dressed, so does Christ Church! Some folks wear dresses and suits, while others prefer jeans and t-shirts, and all styles in between. We want you to feel comfortable being you, so come as you are.
- Where should I sit?
You can sit anywhere you like! There are no assigned seats at Christ Church. We invite you to sit wherever you feel most comfortable.
- Are children welcome in worship? Is childcare available during the service?
Children are always welcome in worship, however sometimes kids aren’t ready to absorb or participate in the full worship experience. Childcare is available during each service, as are educational opportunities.
- Do I have to be well-versed in the Bible, or believe a certain creed, in order to attend?
Not at all! We all attend worship seeking Jesus Christ in a variety of ways. Some of us are seeking to begin a relationship with Him. Some us of are seeking to nurture our faith. Some of us are seeking to be inspired to action by the love of Christ. And some of us are seeking the peace and comfort that only Jesus can provide. All you need to do is respond to what draws you to worship, and then simply receive what He has in store for you.
- Does the service involve standing, kneeling, or speaking?
There are points in the service when everyone collectively will be invited to stand, such as for prayer or to sing. We do not kneel, however the altar is available for anyone who wishes to kneel in prayer. Time is set aside at each service when everyone who wishes to has the opportunity to share praises or concerns. No one is ever required or pressured to speak, stand, or kneel at any time.
- Do you celebrate Communion (the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper)?
We celebrate Communion once per month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. We utilize the method of “intinction,” meaning that those who wish to participate are invited to walk up to the altar to receive the elements. Everyone is welcome to participate in Communion at Christ Church, but at the same time, no one is required to participate. If you are unable to walk to the altar (or if you would prefer not to), we will bring the elements to you in your seat. We always provide gluten-free elements for those who have allergies.
- Is there a collection taken during the service? If so, how much should I give?
Each service includes the opportunity for an offering, which we regard as a time of self-dedication to God and to support the work of the Church. Whether or not you make an offering, and how much you give, is between you and God. Most members give according to a commitment they’ve made. We never ask or require visitors to make an offering.
- What is the attendance requirement? Can I visit without becoming a member?
Of course! You are welcome to visit as little or as often as you wish. Our hope is that you will come as often as you can and that you will feel called to become a member. Most of our members find that the more often they attend worship, the more they grow in their relationship with Christ.
INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING CHRIST CHURCH
- Where should I park, and where should I enter the church building?
Our church is located on the corner of Marshall Road and Holly Street. You may park in any of our lots. The majority of our handicap-accessible parking spaces are located in the lot along Holly Street, with a nearby entrance that is handicap-accessible. There is also a canopy over the main entrance on Marshall Road, offering convenience for drop-offs.
- How do I find my way around the building?
Signs are located throughout the church facility directing you to main points of interest, including the sanctuary and the New Life Center, which is the large gymnasium/reception hall. Greeters and church members are always available to assist you.
- How big is your membership? Will I stick out, or will I be swallowed up?
There are approximately 200 people who worship every Sunday, with about half coming to the 8:30 service and half to the 11:00 service. Visitors often tell us that we are warm and friendly, and we are interested in each other as individuals.
- After I visit the church, will anyone contact me?
We like to make sure all our visitors know that we’re happy they’ve come to worship with us and we hope they’ll keep coming. Our visitors receive a small welcome gift, as well as a postcard in the mail. After several visits, we like to stop by to say thanks, but we are never intrusive. We respect your privacy and your personal space!
- If I should want to, how would I go about becoming a member?
If you should decide that Christ Church is the place for you, we’ll ask you to attend an orientation session, which is offered numerous times throughout the year. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about Christ Church are and what we’re all about. Please contact the church office for information about the next orientation session.
- Do you offer educational and ministry opportunities outside of worship?
Yes! We offer a variety of educational and fellowship opportunities from 9:45 to 10:45 AM each Sunday. And there are plenty of ways to become involved in the ministry work of the church.
- How can I learn more about Christ Church?
First, please explore the rest of our website for lots of great information about our church and how we’re impacting the community for Christ. If you have additional questions, please contact our church office at (513) 422-7364, and a staff member, volunteer, or our Pastor will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, our Pastor and/or various church members will be happy to speak with you at our services on Sunday.