We’re glad you have an interest in visiting Beautiful Savior and would be happy to welcome you. We understand that walking into a new or different church for the first time might be intimidating. We will do our best to eliminate any nervousness when you visit, and to help you prepare for your visit we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below.
- What is “church’?
- What is worship?
- What is the Family Bible Hour?
- Do I need to know how to sing?
- What is the offering?
- Am I expected to participate in the offering?
- What is prayer?
- Is there a dress code?
- What can my children do during the service?
This is maybe the best place to start. What is this church all about? What do the people of Beautiful Savior do when they get together?
A typical Sunday morning at Beautiful Savior consists of two things: a worship service at 9:30am and our family Bible hour at 10:45am. (In the summer we do not have the family Bible hour.)
What is worship?
Our worship follows an outline we refer to as a liturgy. This provides us with a structure that becomes easy to follow. In worship we gather around God’s Word. God’s Word always has practical application to our lives. The worship service contains several readings from God’s Word, but our pastor focuses on one in a sermon. Within this service we also sing songs together, take an offering, and pray.
What is the Family Bible Hour?
Family Bible hour consists of two parts – adult Bible study and Sunday School. Sunday School is currently designed with two age groups: PreK-3rd Grade, and 4th – 8th Grade. In each of these groups children learn Bible accounts and truths in developmentally appropriate ways.
In adult Bible study we explore a topic or Bible section through both large and small group discussions facilitated by our pastor.
Do I need to know how to sing?
Songs are a part of our worship and we hope that at some point you will feel comfortable in joining us when we sing. However, we don’t expect you to sing right away. You will find that some of us are good singers, while some of us are not. We are not concerned with the vocal skills you bring to worship, but offer songs as an opportunity for everyone, young and old, talented or not so much, to praise God.
What is the offering?
The offering is an opportunity for the members of Beautiful Savior to worship the Lord in giving. Beautiful Savior is a member-supported church. Currently we receive financial assistance from our denomination in order to balance our budget, but we look forward to the day when everything we are able to do and accomplish is because of the generosity of our members.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
When you visit Beautiful Savior please do not feel obligated or expected to give. The offering is an opportunity for God’s people to bring generous gifts in thanksgiving for all he has done for them. These gifts support Beautiful Savior’s work to reach out with the good news of Jesus and to build up God’s people in their faith. If you become interested in joining Beautiful Savior, the offering would be one of many ways in which you could participate in the work we do.
What is prayer?
In prayer God allows us to lay our concerns and requests before him. In worship we often say prayers that reflect the season of the church year, current events, or special needs. If you have a prayer request you may share it with our pastor and he will include it in the service.
Is there a dress code?
No. When you visit you will see some men in slacks and shirt and tie. You will see others in jeans. You will see some women in dresses, skirts, or pants. You will see others not. We want you to be comfortable when you visit.
What can my children do during the service?
At Beautiful Savior we believe there is immense value in families worshiping together. We also recognize that some aspects of worship go beyond the attention spans of young children and are not directed to their level. We do several things to ensure that children also engage with and participate in our worship. We have an alternating schedule from week to week.
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of most months, all children are invited to the front steps of our sanctuary for a special message from our pastor. In these messages, our pastor will connect one of the scripture readings with an object lesson that the children may relate to. This allows the children to listen during the rest of the service for key words they heard in the children’s message.
On the 3rd Sundays of most months, children ages 3-5 are invited to our fellowship hall during our pastor’s sermon. During this time children are engaged with a biblical story and also are provided an age-appropriate activity. Following the offering children return to their parents.
Every week crayons and small activity books are available for children to take into the service with them.