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What to Expect

WHAT IS A SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE LIKE?

When you come to a Sunday service you can expect to be greeted by someone at the door and given a bulletin that tells you a little about our church and upcoming events.

The service starts with music and singing, and it’s okay if you don’t know the songs or the words. Our music consists of both contemporary praise songs and hymns, and we stand for most of the singing, occasionally clapping along or lifting our hands.

There are announcements, prayer, and a short bible lesson for smaller children followed by the sermon. On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate communion. Everyone who wants to receive the bread and wine may take the elements from the servers. The service ends with one or two more songs, then everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments.

WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?

Children are always welcome in our worship services.

Our very attentive nursery volunteers are happy to care for your small children during the service. We invite babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

We offer a fun and interactive children's church, called Mission Possible. It starts at about 10:20 am after the children’s message in the sanctuary. Every week we work on a memory verse and include a full body activity as a way to connect the visual/verbal/auditory (reading, speaking, hearing) to the kinesthetic (moving). Children are encouraged to ask questions about anything they do not understand.

All of our children, youth and nursery workers have had recent background checks and go through a screening and training process to ensure that all minors at our church are safe in their care. You can ask at the office to see our Children’s Workers Policy Book.

DO YOU HAVE A YOUTH GROUP?

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12

Our youth are not the future of the church, our youth are the church. We support the spiritual growth of our youth through a variety of activities which include Bible study sessions, fun games like laser tag and bowling, and confirmation. The youth give back to our congregation by providing leadership to our youngest members during children’s church.

WILL I BE ASKED FOR MONEY?

We do not expect guests to give when they visit our church. Giving is an opportunity for regular attenders to express their thanks to God through financial contributions. We do not use pressure tactics, but aim to educate ourselves and others about needs in the world and provide opportunities for anyone to give. We never expect visitors to give to our causes.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS DO YOU DO HERE?

Hang around for a while, and you will find that we do a lot besides worship on Sunday mornings! We have Bible studies, small groups, weekly morning prayer meetings, service projects, mission trips, potlucks, parties, drama and art shows. You can explore these opportunities on the ministries page.

WHAT IS THE COVENANT CHURCH?

Living Hope Covenant Church is a part of the Evangelical Covenant denomination. This means we share common beliefs and can do more as part of a larger organization. Our pastors receive support and training, and we are part of missions and relief efforts all over the world.

The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture church communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. You will find out more here.

SERVICE TIMES

Our worship services are Sunday mornings at 10:00, and usually last about an hour and a half.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN

Being a Christian means that you are changed on the inside--not controlled from the outside. It means that your heart has been changed by the presence of God. It does not mean that you are required to go to church, pay tithes, be “good”, or do anything in order to stay a Christian. It means you desire to do those things because of what you have received from Jesus.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

God accepts you just as you are, and He will not leave you as you are. If you trust in what Jesus has done, receive Him as your Savior, ask Him to forgive your sins, and trust in Him alone (not upon the good you’ve done), then He will come to live in you. He will begin to work changes in you, changes for the better. Sometimes this can be quite difficult, and often it is rewarding.

If you become a Christian and then continue to do wrong things (sin), the Holy Spirit gently and convincingly prods your heart and brings you to a place of repentance. He is persistent. He won't give up. Repentance can be difficult, especially if He brings you to confess your sins to others and make things right, but He always brings healing. He will work in you for the rest of your life.