What to Expect
The following outlines a typical Sunday-morning service. Of course, not every service is going to look exactly the same every week. Sometimes worship may go a little longer, we may take some time to pray together as a church, we might hear a prophetic word from one of our leaders, there may be some testimonies shared, or perhaps Pastor will give an alter call after the message. It's important to our leadership that if they feel the Holy Spirit is moving the service in a certain direction, that it be allowed to go there and we not be confined to a schedule that cannot be budged at all. Where one thing may stray from the typical service layout, adjustments are made elsewhere to stay within a normal service time. Here's what a typical service looks like...
We start service at 10 am usually with an upbeat praise song. One of our MCs will then come up and greet everyone, offer a word of encouragement, and say a prayer over the service. We'll head right back into worship with about 5 or 6 more songs. Worship usually lasts 30-35 minutes all together... We LOVE worship here at Alive!
After one of our leaders closes out worship, we'll have a short (less than 5 minute) message on giving and then tithes and offerings will be taken. Our ushers pass around baskets for those who wish to give the old-school way via check or cash but many people also give electronically through Continue to Give.
After that, our MC will come up and quickly share announcements and upcoming events. Because we don't want you to miss out on all the fun of course! And if it's the first Sunday of the month, we like to recognize birthdays and anniversaries. If you have a birthday or anniversary during that month, we'd love for you to stand up and share it with us if you'd like :)
Next, children will be dismissed for children's church. At this time, kids that are too old to be in the nursery stay in service with their parents up through this point as we do not currently have a separate worship service for them. They'll take off for some fun while Pastor Tim will share an encouraging word that lasts 30-40 minutes. Service is usually over between 11:30 and 11:40 am. We love to hang out with each other after service and have coffee and goodies provided for you to enjoy as you visit with each other.
We do communion once a month. You are welcome to participate but do not have to. On communion Sundays, one of our leaders will share a 10-15 minute message at some point before Pastor Tim's message and then we take communion together as a congregation. We don't share the same cup or take bites off the same loaf of bread here ;) Each person who wishes to participate in communion is given their own little cup of grape juice and a small piece of bread, cracker, or some other flour-based food. We also have a gluten-free bread available for those who cannot eat the regular kind.