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 inside the building. (The only exceptions are for those participating on the worship team and for those teaching/preaching/leading from a safe distance.) You will be able to sit closely with the same group of people you have been in close contact with during the pandemic. Chairs will be arranged in groups, and groups will be separated by 6 feet. We will also be sitting around tables. If you are not vaccinated , please wear a mask outdoors when conversing with people at a safe distance. 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. Someone may give you a hand out for the day’s teaching/message. Due to Covid-19 we will not be regularly offering coffee, or tea. 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. Due to Covid-19 we are asking you to bring your own supplies (books, crayons, etc) for your own children. We are unable to have children’s ministry for younger children at this time. The nursery is always open and available for parents’ use. Children ages 7 to 13 meet after worship with 2 adult (parent) leaders in “The Green Room” downstairs as class is available for that Sunday.
WORSHIP: 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.
MESSAGE & SPIRITUAL FORMATION: There will be a teaching from the Bible for about 25 minutes. The message is formed from The Holy Bible which we make practical and helpful to your life. This is followed by reflecting on the message. This could be in the form of quiet contemplation, group discussion, small group discussions (for which questions to be pondered will be provided.) The purpose of this is to help people process what they have heard. Please participate as you feel comfortable.
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.
PRAYER: At the conclusion of the service we also extend an invitation to receive personal prayer. Trained prayer team members will be available 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.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: BRUNCH! Due to the rising cases of Covid-19 we will not be sharing brunch at this time (Jan – March 2022.) We will reexamine this in the spring. We will share a meal together and enjoy each other’s company. We may also practice a spiritual formation exercise related to prayer and Scripture. All are welcome. Please bring a friend. The church provides the main portion of the meal. If you are a new to The Vineyard, please do not feel you need to bring a dish to share. We always have plenty of food.
Please note: We are trying some different ways of practicing our faith. The goal of which is to help us become better disciples, followers of Jesus. We will do our best to keep you informed. Please check our facebook page for updates. To stay informed please request a weekly email update from Jeff Printy at email@example.com