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First Time

What to expect on a Sunday:

 

We recognize that attending a church for the first time can be an intimidating process.

To make your first trip to the Vineyard a little easier, here are some things you can expect when you show up.

*What’s the clothing culture?

For years, we’ve told people to “come as you are.” That means you don’t have to dress up to come to a worship service. Because the Vineyard is very casual, you’ll feel comfortable in your jeans and t-shirt. Some folks prefer to dress up, and they fit right in as well. The point is that we feel church should be about things other than how you dress and look.

 

ARRIVAL:  When you see our sign at 2150 Portland Ave. follow the long driveway back to the big parking lot.  The entrance is in the rear of the building. Somebody will greet you inside the doors and hand you a bulletin (general information and upcoming events/announcements). You’ll find coffee, teas, juice and hot chocolate. Please help yourself and feel free to bring it into the sanctuary. On your way into the sanctuary please pick up a gift bag at the “Newcomer Table”. There is an area in the lobby with more detailed information about various ministries and brochures about our values, practices and beliefs

 

WORSHIP:  We begin worship with everyone together. In this time of worship some will stand, some will sit, some will raise their hands.   Just be yourself and do whatever is comfortable for you.  Worshiping in songs is very meaningful for us, but we recognize that looks and feels different for each person.  Our goal is to bring all that we are and have to God.  The time closes with a few moments of reflection.

 

TRANSITION:

After worship we break for about 5 minutes. You can get some coffee, stretch, meet new people, etc. For some people this is unusual and a little awkward, but it helps us connect with new friends and creates a little space to transition to the teaching.  The Nursery, Preschool and KIDS church (K-2nd Grade) classes are now available. In the lobby, for older kids, is a Children’s Bulletin with fun word games and puzzles to do while sitting through the message.

 

MESSAGE:

We have a teaching from the Bible for about 30 minutes. The message is formed from scriptures that we attempt to make practical and helpful to your life.  The message may be accompanied by visual images projected on a screen up front, including the text under consideration and images or video clips which help illustrate the ideas.

 

OFFERING AND COMMUNION:

We receive all our financial support from the generous giving of our faith community.  Many of us also like to participate in the remembrance of our Lord’s act of sacrificial love through the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There are two tables in the front of the sanctuary with bread and a cup of grape juice. If communion is a worship practice you like to regularly participate in, please join in. We take the bread and cup at the table and our form of reception is to dip a piece of bread in the cup.  We do not practice a “common cup” when receiving communion. If communion isn’t something meaningful for you at this time, feel free to pass.

 

PRAYER:

We usually close out the morning with a worship song during the offering and communion.  We also extend an invitation to receive personal prayer.  Trained prayer team members will be available down front after the service to support you and pray with you in regards to any particular need you may have.