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What to expect on Sundays

When you arrive
As soon as you enter the front door, someone will greet you. We'll help you know where to go--to hang your coat, to get a bulletin, to find a bathroom, to choose a seat. We aren't very formal (you don't have to wear "church clothes"). We love to welcome everyone.

Worship service
9:30 am
We do a lot of singing and each service has a variety of hymns--contemporary, favorite familiar hymns and songs from other places in the world. We read two or three Bible passages and light a candle to represent our commitment to peace. There's a special time for children with a story designed just for them. And, yes, there's a sermon. 

For Spanish-speakers, we recently began including some elements of the service in both Spanish and English. The main Bible text is read in both languages, and the sermon is summarized in Spanish.

We follow a schedule of Bible readings called the Revised Common Lectionary, so each Sunday we hear a Psalm and passages from both the Old and New Testaments. The sermon draws our attention to what one of these Scriptures tells us about following Jesus today.

Young children (age 4 and younger) can spend the worship time in a separate playroom, cared for by experienced staff. Elementary school children join the "prayground" during the second half of the service; this is a table where they can do quiet activities while the adults listen to the sermon. We also have a rocking chair in the sanctuary for parents who want to care for a very young child during the worship services. 

Fellowship time
For about 15 minutes after the worship service, we enjoy snacks and coffee or tea, and we visit with each other. Although a visitor might think this could be an awkward time, there's sure to be someone who will want to learn more about you or help you learn to know us.

Christian Education
11 am
Children have a snack in the educational wing of the building and sing together. Then they go to classes for their age groups. 

Adults gather back in the sanctuary for study and discussion. The themes vary from books of the Bible to current issues to topics we are challenging ourselves to understand better. Recent studies have been the book The New Jim Crow, a guide for learning about spiritual disciplines, and a look at immigration issues. 

We also have a class for Spanish speakers that explores issues of faith and explains what Mennonites believe.

Learn more about us

Listen to recordings and see bulletins from services: visit the Worship Services part of this website.

Explore the About us pages--you'll find information about our congregation and about Mennonites.


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