Your First Visit

We know that new or unfamiliar circumstances often bring a fair amount of anxiety or confusion with them.  If you’ve never visited Bethel before, the following information may help your first experience be a pleasant one!

 

Before you visit

There's no dress code here

On a typical Sunday, you will likely see some people in a T-shirt and Jeans, while others dress formally. You will even see members of our worship team (and on occasion even our Pastors!) wearing blue jeans, so wear whatever makes you comfortable! Sunday Evening services are purposely casual in nature, and the preaching pastor will more often than not be wearing blue jeans.

You won't find hate

While we do maintain that any (and every!) sin is harmful and carries eternal consequences, we also recognize that Jesus Christ is the only one who can forgive us, change us and make us more like him.  On any given Sunday, you may hear that certain behaviors are sinful, as described by the Bible, but our purpose is not to denigrate nor to compare who is more “Christian” than others.  Instead, we speak of sin in order to call us all–as Jesus Christ did–to repentance and forgiveness.

Translation: we’re all works-in-progress, and one of the reasons that we come to church in the first place is because we’re sinners in need of the work of Jesus Christ in our life!  You don’t need to be “good enough” to come to Church, and there is no prerequisite to join us in worship.  In fact, we rather think that the more sinful you consider yourself, the more you ought to come and listen to the life-changing good news of forgiveness in Jesus Christ!

Bethel isn't after your money

We take an offering each week, but we consider it the privilege and responsibility of our members and regular attenders to provide for the financial needs of our congregation. You are neither obligated nor expected to give.

 

The day of your visit

If you have kids, check them in to Sunday School

If you have children 5th grade or younger, you should enter at the southwest doors, near our playground. Volunteers will register your children and direct you to their proper classrooms. Since this process can take a few minutes, it might be a good idea to show up a little early.

If you are attending an evening service, any children older than age 3 should accompany you to the main worship service. Children aged Pre-K to 2nd Grade will be dismissed to Children’s Church during mid-service.

Youth (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) meet for Sunday School during the 9:00 am service in the LOFT, which is the smaller building to the southeast of our main building. On the first Sunday of every month we cancel these two classes so those students can attend the worship service with their parents.

Make yourself at home

Find yourself a seat, anywhere you’d like. You won’t be stealing anyone’s “spot,” nor are you going to be pointed out or put on the spot during the service.

We’re a large congregation, so no one here knows everyone else that attends (not even our pastors). You know that you’re new, but the person next to you almost undoubtedly won’t know that. It’s a great idea to introduce yourself to whoever you’re sitting near.

Tune in for 1:15

Our services begin promptly at 9:00 am, 10:45 am, and 6:00 pm, and are typically 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration. On occasion we’ll be a few minutes short or a few minutes long, but rest assured that you’re not in for a 3 hour tour.

Tell us that you're here!

We would appreciate if you would fill out a “Connections Card,” which is a yellow sheet of paper included in the bulletin you will receive while entering the service. We won’t spam your email or sell your information to anyone, and you can use the back of the form to submit prayer requests or ask for information on our ministries.

Drop your completed card in the offering basket as it goes by. As previously stated, we’re not after your money, but we would appreciate a completed Connections Card as your gift to us!

After the service

Pastor is at the front

After the service ends, come to the front of the Worship Center if you’d like prayer or to talk with a pastor. We’d love to help you out in any way we can.

We've got a gift for you

On your way out, we have a book we’d like to give you, which can be found in the information desk in the South lobby. Grab a copy and read it: it’s short, sweet, easy to read, and just may change your life.

Pick up your kids

Find your way back to the classrooms your children are in and pick them up. We love your kids, but we don’t want to keep them (really!)

Come back again next week

Attending Church won’t make you more “spiritual,” but each week at Bethel you’ll find time to grow closer to God and a clear explanation of the Truths of Scripture. If there’s some reason why you’re not interested in coming again, we’d like to hear it! Please include your comments on the back of the yellow Connection Card, call the church at 532-7040, or email office@noSPAMzbethelnp.org