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.
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. 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. We are unable to have separate children’s ministry at this time; however, some parents have chosen to meet with their children during the preaching/teaching/spiritual practice apart from the other adults. The nursery is always available for parents/guardians to use.
WORSHIP IN SONG: 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.
MESSAGE & SPIRITUAL FORMATION: There will be a teaching from the Bible for about 25 minutes. The message is formed from The 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.
GIVING: We receive all our financial support from the generous giving of our faith community. There are offering boxes in the rear of the sanctuary. If you prefer you may give online.
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.
BRUNCH/AFTER SERVICE MEAL: Second Sundays of the month we will share a meal together. This will typically be after worship, preaching/teaching, or other spiritual formation exercise. Brunch begins around 11:30 a.m. All are welcome. The church provides the main portion of the meal and other dishes are supplemented by regular attendees. 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 follow our Facebook page to be informed on these meals.
Please note: We are experimenting with various historical spiritual practices to grow and deepen our walk with God. 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.