What to Expect

When you come through our doors you'll be in our gathering area. Members of Messiah and our guests visit before entering the sanctuary for worship.


Where to Sit?

Feel free to sit wherever you'd like, whether the front or the back. If you need assistance an usher will help you.

What to Wear?

Come as you are. We aren't worried about what you're wearing.

What About the Kids?

Kids of all ages are welcome at Messiah. We encourage kids and their parents to grow in faith together as they hear God's word and sing his praise.

• There is a children’s devotion before the sermon on every fourth Sunday.
• We have a staffed nursery available upon request to meet the needs of parents with small children.
• If you wish to worship with your child, but don’t feel comfortable in the sanctuary, you may take your child to the classroom at the end of the church hallway. A speaker in the room allows you to follow along with the service.

What about Offerings?

The Bible teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.  Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give.  We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. (Offering envelopes are available and keep our gifts a private matter known only to God who sees what we do in private.)  A child may bring the quarters and dimes his parents give him. Someone older may write a check. Both are remembering Jesus and giving their gift out of love for him.  You may wish at first to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church. But you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.

The Worst That Can Happen . . .

Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:

"I would just die if they made me stand up and say something." We assure you, we won't embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can relax and learn about your Savior.

"I know my child is going to be too noisy." We encourage parents of young children to attend worship service with their children. This begins the good habits of attending worship services at an early age. The back rows are reserved for parents with young children. If required, a nursery room is available at the back of the sanctuary.

"I know I will feel out of place." We hope that this website will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?"

"I am afraid I will say or do something wrong." All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of our congregation to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that by being critical.

"I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up." It is unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn't it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We believe we should respect that need.

"I don't know that much about the Bible." Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won't have to read or answer any questions you don't want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words we say are, "I don't know."

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