Frequently Asked Questions

We'd count it a genuine privilege to have you as our guest during one of our worship services. Regardless of who you are, we are learning to be a safe place to explore new friendships and a deeper relationship with God. We hope to make your first and future connections with us both meaningful and helpful.

Below you will find a number of common questions that people have regarding our worship experiences. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at 785-738-3071. 

How do people normally dress for your worship services?

You will find a wide variety of clothing styles in our worship services, from blue jeans to ties. Dress in a way that makes you comfortable because we believe God is more concerned with our hearts than with our outer appearance.

 

When should I arrive for a worship service?

We have two worship service times on Sunday mornings: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We offer complimentary coffee and tea service before and after our worship times, and free donuts on the second Sunday of each month. If you have children less than six years old, we encourage you to come a few minutes early if you plan on utilizing our excellent childcare nursery. This will give time for us to show you our childcare rooms, and to acclimate yourself to the building layout.

Should I keep my kids in the service with me?

It's really up to you. Our worship services are informal (it's okay to come and go in the middle of a service as needed) and designed to be family friendly with upbeat music and visual aids on our large screen. We think there's great value in a family learning to worship together. However, we also realize it's not easy to keep children happily focused and satisfied in an experience designed for adults. Therefore, we offer quality, adult-supervised childcare during both our worship service times (8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) for infants and children up through five years of age. At our 10:30 a.m. service, we also offer "Kids Church" for students in K - 4th grades. These children are dismissed after our opening time of praise so they can participate in an age-appropriate worship experience in our upstairs youth room, freeing parents to focus on adult worship. We'll be happy to show you the location for all these options. For parents who want to keep their kids with them in worship, our Fellowship Hall gathering area just outside the sanctuary has a live video and audio feed of the worship service so you won't miss anything if you decide to take a fussy child out for a break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you pass around a "friendship pad" for people to sign near the beginning of a worship service?

During the service you may see someone in your row passing along a "friendship pad" with a pen. Of course you are not required to sign this pad. We offer it as a communication tool--an opportunity to be known (you and others are able to see the names of people sitting in their row as the pad gets signed and passed along), and to express any desires you might have for a pastor to contact you. There's no pressure here. If you aren't comfortable signing the pad just pass it along to the next person in your row.

 

What if I don't know the songs?

That's okay. We certainly invite everyone to sing along as they are able, and most of our songs are easy to learn, but we believe people can worship by listening to and contemplating music, not just by singing it. We project the words to all of the music on a large screen, so even if you don't know the tune you can follow the lyrics and consider their meaning. Then, as you become familiar with the music, you can discover the joy of praising God with others through your voice, in addition to your mind.

 

Why do you ask if people want to verbalize their prayer requests and/or praises?

We believe the Bible teaches us to carry one another's burdens, and praying for each other is one way to do that. But this is always a voluntary action. Those who verbalize their requests and gratitude often find it grows their sense of connectedness with the church, and their trust in God. For those who would prefer not to verbalize what's on their heart, we also have prayer cards located just inside the sanctuary doors. You can write out prayer requests on these and place them in baskets located next to the cards prior to the beginning of the service. A pastor will gather these when the service begins, and will include them when we pray during worship.

 

Should I participate in communion?

We remember and proclaim Jesus' death and resurrection by taking symbolic elements of a small piece of bread/wafer and small, individual cups of grape juice. These remind us of the bread and wine that Jesus used at the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Jesus instructed his followers to "do this in remembrance of me," and so we do this every Sunday to re-enact and remember Jesus giving his body (represented by the bread) and blood (represented by the juice) as a willing sacrifice that brings us forgiveness and freedom with God. We call this "communion," or the "Lord's Supper," and we invite everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ to participate with us, not just members of our church. Parents, we entrust the decision about your children's participation in communion entirely up to you. The trays of crackers and cups of juice are passed down each aisle so everyone has an opportunity to receive the elements first, and then a leader instructs when to take them together, as a family of believers. If you aren't comfortable participating, just pass the trays along to the nearest person in your aisle.

 

 

Am I expected to give money when they pass the offering plates?

We believe the Bible teaches us to carry one another's burdens, and praying for each other is one way to do that. But this is always a voluntary action. Those who verbalize their requests and gratitude often find it grows their sense of connectedness with the church, and their trust in God. For those who would prefer not to verbalize what's on their heart, we also have prayer cards located just inside the sanctuary doors. You can write out prayer requests on these and place them in baskets located next to the cards prior to the beginning of the service. A pastor will gather these when the service begins, and will include them when we pray during worship.

 

Why are people invited to respond at the end of the service by going out to talk with a pastor or elder?

We think it's important to not only hear God's word, but to respond to what you hear. Of course you don't need to talk with someone to do this--you can respond to God right where you sit in the sanctuary, and without others knowing what's happening. However, many find it very helpful to mark a moment of commitment by asking people to pray with them. Others find it comforting to have a deep need prayed for while surrounded by a worshiping community of believers. And still others, sensing they should respond to God, but unsure what to do next, can find guidance from one of our pastors by just talking about their situation.  We know it takes some courage to step out from your seat share what is happening in your life, but (as we like to say), the worst thing that can happen to you is that you will get loved on through the prayers and support of the pastors and the church.

 

How long is a typical worship service?

Generally, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. We like to call it the best hour of the week, and it will be even better if we're able to see you there!