What to expect when
Welcome! We're so glad that you're interested in joining us at our Sunday morning service! Visiting a new church can be disorienting, but knowing what to expect can help a lot! Here is a basic description of what our Sunday morning services look like:
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Our Sunday services begin at 8:30 and 10:45. When you arrive, you'll be met at the door by our greeters. They can direct you to to bathrooms, cry-rooms, and childcare (second service only)
We are happy to offer child care during the second service! If you have children ages 1-5th grade, you may take them directly to childcare in our education wing (Ask a greeter if you need directions).
THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Our worship services are based around a few key elements: worship, offering, communion, prayer, preaching, and invitation. The order can vary sometimes, but every Sunday you should expect to see these things happen:
Every Sunday we take time to worship together. As a multi-generational church, we strive for a balance between contemporary and traditional worship. Our goal is that, whether you prefer Hillsong or the hymnal, you will be able to sing something meaningful to you.
We believe that giving to God--and investing in your home congregation--are important spiritual disciplines, and so we make it a part of our weekly service. If you are a visitor, please know--WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY. Giving to the offering is not the price of admission, it is an act of worship toward God.
Our church observes communion every Sunday as a central part of our worship. We believe in open communion--all believers are welcome and encouraged to participate. If you've never taken communion before, please feel free to just sit and watch as we share the meal. We will pass trays with small pieces of bread and cups of grape juice. The bread represents the body of Jesus that was broken when he was crucified. The cup represents the blood of Jesus that was spilled for us. We share the bread and the cup to remember and proclaim the sacrifice of Jesus Christ until he returns.
We believe that prayer is an essential part of the life of the church. After communion we will take time to pray as a congregation, to praise God, to give thanks, and to share the burdens of our hearts. Sometimes this will involve members of the congregation sharing prayer concerns--but don't worry, as a visitor you are not expected to speak (though you are always welcome to participate!)
The purpose of the sermon is to proclaim the word of God--to build up the congregation by teaching, encouraging, and motivating them from the Scriptures. We believe that preaching must be based firmly in the word of God--both the written word of God (the Bible), and the living Word of God, Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Good News of Jesus Christ can transform lives, and we want to offer an opportunity at every service for people to respond to what God is doing in their hearts. At the end of every service we invite members of the congregation to come forward to make a decision--to become a Christian, to rededicate themselves to Christ, or to become a member of Turner Christian Church. If you feel led to make any of those decisions, you can come forward during the last song and the pastor will talk you through your decision.