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. Please note that we will be following safety protocols for Covid-19. We endeavor to keep everyone healthy and we kindly thank you for your cooperation in advance. Everyone is required to wear a mask and to maintain a safe distance from one another. (The only exceptions are for those participating on the worship team and for those teaching/preaching/leading. There will be plexiglass on the stage and people will be a safe distance from each other and the congregation.) Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart. You will be able to sit closely with the same group of people you have been in close contact with during the pandemic. The building will be sanitized before your arrival and hand sanitizer will be available. If you are ill, we ask you to kindly not attend church. Please contact us for prayer requests if you are ill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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). Due to Covid-19 we will not be offering coffee, tea, or any food at this time. Please bring your own beverages. 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. Due to Covid-19 we are asking you to bring your own supplies (books, crayons, etc) for your own children. We will be unable to have children’s ministry at this time. Children and parents will be together in the sanctuary. The nursery is always open and available for parents’/guardians’ & children’s use.
WORSHIP: We begin worship with everyone together. In this time of worship some will stand, some will sit, some will raise their hands. 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. Please note that masks are required for everyone except for those participating on the worship team and those teaching/preaching/leading.
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. If communion is a worship practice you like to regularly participate in, please join us. If communion isn’t something meaningful for you at this time, feel free to pass. We will be sharing communion together in a manner that is safe during this time. Each person will have their own individual “bread and cup.”
OFFERING: We receive all our financial support from the generous giving of our faith community.
YOUTH MINISTRY: Due to Covid-19 we are unable to offer this ministry at this time.
“Kingdom Kids” is for children (ages approximately 3 years – 9 years) Due to Covid-19 we are unable to offer this ministry at this time.
MESSAGE: We have a teaching from the Bible for about 30 to 40minutes. 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. Both prayer team members and people receiving prayer are required to wear masks and keep a safe distance.
SECOND SUNDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: BRUNCH CHURCH (FOOD, FAITH, AND FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY): Please note this is on pause due to Covid-19. We regret that we are unable to break bread together at this time. On this Sunday we will be sharing a meal together. We will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a short talk, or a spiritual formation practice which will be about 20 min in duration. Immediately following this will be a brunch buffet with great food! 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. 🙂
FIFTH SUNDAYS of the month: SERVE SUNDAYS: Due to Covid-19 we are uncertain what we will be able to participate in at this time.