Youth

The Worst that Could 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 Jesus Christ and his love.

“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. If needed, there is a nursery with a bathroom that is accessible for a child who is having a tough morning.

“I know I will feel out of place.”

We hope that this webpage will help ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I am new here. What is this about?” We get a steady stream of visitors and are accustomed to such a question.

“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. 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 questions you don’t want to answer. And remember, sometimes the wisest words to say are, “I don’t know.”