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. There is an area in the lobby with more detailed information about various ministries and brochures about our values, practices and beliefs
FAMILY INCLUSION: We place great value on integrating the family and fostering healthy family practices. Children are the church of today and we believe in their inclusion in adult service particularly for worship. There are tables that are “Reserved for Families” to sit together. There is a table “Reserved for Youth.” In the rear of the sanctuary are Children’s Bibles and art supplies. First and third Sundays we offer children’s ministry apart from parents. However, parents/guardians may choose to keep their children with them for the entire service if they would like. Second Sundays (Brunch church) and fourth Sundays of the month families are together. Fifth Sundays of the month are “Serve Sundays” where we encourage all to serve others outside the church.
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.
COMMUNION: 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. If communion isn’t something meaningful for you at this time, feel free to pass. You may partake in individually receiving communion during worship.
OFFERING: We receive all our financial support from the generous giving of our faith community.
TRANSITION/CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRY: After worship we break for a brief amount of time. You can get something to drink (coffee/tea/water) , meet new people, etc. On first and third Sundays of the month parents/guardians may take their children upstairs to “Kingdom Kids” and sign them in. If your children are new to our Children’s Ministry, please fill out an information form before signing in your child. The third Sunday of the month “Youth Group” will meet.
“Kingdom Kids” is for children (ages approximately 3 years – 9 years) Children will participate in Biblical teaching, games, and activities. They meet first and third Sundays of the month.
“Youth Group” (ages approximately 10 years to 14 years) will have a separate time of fellowship & teaching with youth leaders. They meet third Sundays of the month.
MESSAGE: We have a teaching from the Bible for about 30 minutes. The message is formed from The Holy Bible which we 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.
PRAYER: After the preaching, we usually close the service with an invitation to reflection and prayer. 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.
SECOND SUNDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: BRUNCH CHURCH (FOOD, FAITH, AND FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY): On this Sunday we will be sharing a meal together. Brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by worship songs and spiritual formation practice or brief teaching. This approach to church originated with Jesus himself – who used the meal table to befriend the stranger to talk about the Kingdom of God. What this meant to His first followers (whether the house churches of the Jewish believers or the Agape feasts of the Gentile Christians) was to gather friend and stranger to an abundant table, eat a meal together, and talk about Jesus (“remember Me.”) All are welcome! Bring a friend. 🙂