For some people, walking into an unfamiliar church building for the first time can be difficult. It is our hope that the following information will be helpful in making your visit with us both positive and meaningful.
A WARM GREETING – As you enter the main door from the large parking lot behind the building, the "Gathering Area" will be to your left, where a heartfelt greeting will be given. After all, a heartfelt greeting is part of what makes a church a church. No matter what question you might have, just ask. Our members are there to help you get settled and comfortable.
HOT COFFEE – There’s nothing like the smell of good coffee (or tea) to warm you up. A hot beverage bar is off to one side, with donut holes or other treats available on most Sundays. You are welcome to bring your beverage into the worship area.
COMMUNION -- We celebrate the Eucharist (which means "thanksgiving") meal every Sunday as part of our worship together. We practice an open table, and all people are welcome to participate: whether you are baptized or not, whether you believe a little or a lot. Most Sundays, communion is by intinction, which means that you are given a piece of bread and may dip it in the cup of grape juice. We provide gluten-free rice crackers as well. Questions? Contact Pastor Manda.
FUN – A casual atmosphere, where friendships can form and relationships deepen. A place that is serious about joy, true joy, the kind of joy that comes from real connection with God and others.
CONVERSATION – Expect to be noticed. Expect people to say something like, “Hi. We haven’t met before. Is this your first visit?” Expect people to reach out to you in love.
WORSHIP – Our worship contains some formal elements such as written prayers and liturgy, but the community is relaxed in the way we practice worship. The liturgy, prayers, lyrics of the hymns, and scripture texts are projected on the left wall beside the organ.
PASSING THE PEACE -- We enjoy the passing of the peace during worship, and while many people actively roam around shaking hands with each other, not all do so. Feel free to participate according to your comfort level.
CHILDREN -- We love the presence of children at First Community Church. We encourage children to express themselves and participate during the service. Some children enjoy dancing during the songs, while others sing or clap along. The pastor will often invite children to help with leadership in various ways. Our worship space includes a colorful children's area with pillows and rocking chairs, and our staffed nursery is available to those who need it.
BATHROOMS -- We are an open and affirming church, and while our main bathrooms are labeled "women" and "men," we want you to use the bathroom that is most comfortable for your gender identity. If you prefer a single bathroom, please ask one of our members or staff and we will show you to one. All of our bathrooms are ADA compliant.
ACCESSIBILITY- The entire building meets the code for the Americans With Disabilities Act. There are external ramps to all entrances, and no stairs inside the building. The font used in the Power Point is 30 point for optimal text visibility.