When you visit our services one thing you should expect is a personal, uplifting worship experience. Our services are geared for participation. We typically worship as we live, with enthusiasm.
The service may include quiet times of waiting in God’s presence, spiritually savoring the sacred atmosphere. Other times may be vocal with collective praise as worshippers are invited to spontaneously express love and adoration to God. In everything, a flow of worship should be evident and, despite the spontaneity and excitement, a certain properness and order.
Worship styles will reflect the spectrum of personalities. Some are quiet and reserved; some shout with joy; others are simply tender and openly emotional during times of praise or preaching. No sincere worshipper need feel out of place and each expression will blend without disruption into the flow of worship.
Music is a major feature of our worship, before, during and even after the service itself. Instruments used in our services range from piano and organ to guitars, various stringed instruments, woodwinds, horns and drums.
Whatever the accompaniment, inspired singing is the order of the day. Any service may include traditional hymns, hand-clapping gospel songs, contemporary compositions or reverent worshipful choruses.
Music will include both congregational and occasional specials – solos, duets, ensembles, choirs, instrumentals. Our music is more than a performance; it’s the music of worship.
A special time in each service is devoted to prayer. Needs from inside and outside the church family frequently are made known. The congregation prays together. All may pray aloud but conclude with a single voice, the worship leader or other designated person praying in behalf of all.
During the service, tithes and offerings will be received. More than a collection to pay church bills, this too is worship. Our members feel giving the tithe (the first tenth of income) and offerings declares that God comes first. It recognizes His blessing, expresses faith and seeks His guidance in every matter in life.
The ministries of our local church and globe-encircling work of the Assemblies of God missionaries and are supported solely by free-will giving. However, visitors need not feel obligated to give.
The climax of the service comes with the preaching of God’s Word, the Bible, and an invitation for hearers to respond. These messages are fervent, inspiring and practical.
Our pastor or speaker may close with an invitation for those who need forgiveness in their lives to come forward and accept Christ as Savior. Those who feel a need to rededicate their lives to Christ or to pray about other concerns are also invited to come. Believers are urged to ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit to further empower them for Christian service. Often everyone is invited to come pray during the altar service.
Deep emotion and excitement may or may not be demonstrated at the altars, but everyone who calls on God in faith receives something.
If you’ve wondered what a Pentecostal service is like, we invite you to observe and experience God’s joy and peace that defy description. And when you visit again, come expecting. Expect a move of God not only in the service, but also in your life. We think you’ll agree that the comfort, help and strength He gives are better experienced than explained.
Other aspects of our services
Ministry to the sick
As in the New Testament, specific prayer may be offered for the sick. During some services they will be invited forward to be anointed with oil (James 5:13-16) and/or have the ministers, leaders or other believers lay hands on them and pray (Mark 16:18).
A nursery generally is provided for infants and toddlers. This loving, comfortable atmosphere helps show children at the earliest ages that church is a good place to be. Child care also frees parents for worship and reduces distractions.
Sunday School – Bible classes for all ages
Every Sunday morning usually begins (at 9:30 AM) with an hour-long Bible study known as Sunday school or Christian education. Personalized classes divided by age, grade and interests serve individuals from infants through senior adults.
Midweek Family Night
Most Wednesday evenings families are encouraged to come and participate in Family Night from 7:00 PM until around 8:30 PM. Activities are available for children and our youth group holds their weekly meeting at this time. Adults enjoy a study from the Bible that may last for just that evening or continue on for several weeks.