Let’s be honest: The first visit to a new place can be a little stressful, especially if you don’t know the routine or the traditions.
Here’s what you can expect from your First Trip to Grace.
Before the Service
When you arrive at Grace, there will be smiling faces in the welcome area.
The coffee will be hot and fresh, and someone will greet you and welcome you.
Our building is designed to be accessible. If you have any difficulty getting around our building, one of our greeters will be offering you some assistance. The help we offer is completely optional and up to you.
The dress is casual, but not too casual. Plenty of people wear jeans, but we have some men who like wearing a tie and some women who prefer to wear a dress. A suit is not required for gentlemen by any means.
The atmosphere is informal but reverent.
During the Service
The music is live and has a contemporary flavor, though we do sing some of the hymns of our collective childhood.
You aren’t required to donate during the offering. If you are visiting, you’ll be reminded that you may very well have a tithe covenant with your church back home. We encourage you to honor that covenant and take that with you to offer at a later time at home.
You aren’t required to sing, though we certainly encourage you to give it your best effort.
As a congregation, we read the scripture aloud from the screen. We use The Message for most worship services since it is easy to understand.
The pastor may or may not wear a robe.
We celebrate Communion, or The Lord’s Supper as it is sometimes known every week. All are invited to the table. The robe often comes out for this service, but not always.
You are welcomed to join us for communion. Membership is NOT required for you to participate, nor are you required to participate if you wish not to do so for whatever reason.
We don’t make our guests stand or introduce themselves. We understand that you most likely with to observe and check things out. We’ll honor that, but we’ll make plenty of opportunities for you to meet new friends as you do so.
After the Service
You won’t be hammered to come back, though you will be invited. You’ll get a card from one or more of our members on your first visit.
On your second visit, you’ll get a very short call from the pastor, usually just to say hello and thanks for coming back.
After a few visits, we’ll probably ask you if we can answer any questions. That can be done by phone, email, or with a personal visit from the pastor or one of the folks who have offered to give their time to that.