A Guide For First Time Visitors
Entering the Building:
For the first time, it is best to come in through the front door. After all, you are our honored guests! You may be greeted by one of the ministers on the front porch, and you will be certainly greeted by one of the ushers in the lobby of the church. You will receive an Order of Service at that time. Feel free to sit anywhere in the sanctuary. (The pews have doors and numbers, but these are relics of a by-gone era.) You can also choose to sit in the balcony, along the sides. The choir sits in the center.
Restrooms are down the stairs on either side of the lobby. The men’s is on your right; the women’s to your left.
When to Come:
Between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.
At 10:05 a.m., the congregation meets before the Worship Service for “A Time for Community”. This period includes announcements of upcoming events, reports on church activities and other information. There is always a musical offering during the Time for Community, featuring some of the musical talent of the congregation. This is a fun and lively period.
At 10:25 a.m., The bell-ringer moves through the sanctuary, ringing a Buddhist Temple Bell. This signals the end of the Time for Community and the beginning of the Worship Service. The Worship Prelude Music begins as the sanctuary falls silent.
At 10:30 a.m. Worship begins. It will end somewhere around 11:30 a.m.
After Worship you are invited to join us in the Bancroft & Dining Rooms (go through the doors on either side of the pulpit) for Fellowship Hour. This is a time to enjoy fellowship and refreshment following the service.