For Guests : What to Expect:
It's a big deal visiting a new church for the first time...It's easy to feel out of place. Do I belong here? Am I really welcome? Will the people be too friendly or not friendly enough? Will I stand out? Will they ask me for money? Will my kids enjoy it? How should I dress? Can I come even if I'm not sure what I believe?
, we want to make your visit a good one - easy, straightforward, uncomplicated. We are intentionally "user-friendly" for people, no matter what their background - you don't have to have church 'figured out' to walk through our door. In fact, many of our people were not regular church attenders before finding SGCC, so you're in good company! Here is a brief overview of what you can expect at your first visit.
When you arrive at SGCC (151 E Bossard) for our 9:15 Sunday School (Children and Adults, during the school year only) or our 10:30am services for both Worship and children's church, you'll find ample parking with parking reserved for guests (the first section when you enter the parking lot).
At the front door, you will likely find a friendly face to say hello and answer any questions you have. If you have kids, our Welcome Center Hosts will gladly direct you to age-appropriate opportunities.
You'll notice that everyone is dressed comfortably, in everything from "office casual" to jeans and flip-flops. If you've got a minute, please help yourself to a cup of coffee near the entrance, and pick up information in the lobby area.
Through the doors
When you enter the auditorium, you'll be given a bulletin with a Connect Card which is a simple way for us to get better acquainted. The service usually begins with a welcome and greeting followed by some upbeat music led by our worship team . The message time (usually about 30 minutes) is designed to be Biblically based, relevant to daily life, interesting, and enjoyable. It is scripture driven, often including interesting ideas from contemporary culture, events, songs, or movies. Often there is a video, musical feature or drama to further explore the theme of the day.
When it is all over, if we do our job right, you should have experienced solid Christian teaching in intelligent, understandable and relevant terms. Our goal is to provide everyone who walks through our door a genuine experience of God that can be transformational.
Before you go
After the service, we hope you'll stay around, meet some people and enjoy coffee and refreshments. Church exists not solely to encounter God, but also to experience community and friendship, and we trust you will find genuine warmth and openness at SGCC.
That's about it. We hope you'll stop by this Sunday.