You are invited to visit us at the Center Road church of Christ anytime. We want you to feel comfortable, but we know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. We're a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds, and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth.
We don't claim to know everything, but we do know that God is the source of all truth, and we strive to worship Him reverently and according to His will as found in the Bible. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. Following is a brief description of what to expect when you visit us on a Sunday. We have coffee and pastries available in the cafĂ© prior to class, and visitors are our honored guests.
We offer informal Bible study classes at 9:30 am for all age groups. A current list of classes can be found in the main lobby and on several bulletin boards. There will be greeters present as you enter to assist and direct your family to the proper classes. Childrenâ€™s classes are age appropriate from nursery through fifth grade. Our 6th thru 8th and 9th thru 12th graders meet in our youth rooms upstairs.
Our 10:30 worship service is conducted in our large auditorium. Our average attendance is about 250 at this time. We have theater seating and a fantastic view! There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose. At a given time, children, ages 2 â€“ 2nd grade, are dismissed for "Children's Worship" at the parent's discretion. In addition, there is always a staffed nursery available.
We use large screens that display the words and music to all the songs we sing. "Praise & Worship" songs, as well as many of the old time favorites, are sung to glorify God. Song books are available at the back of the auditorium.
One of the unique things about our church is that we choose to sing a cappella - without the accompaniment of musical instruments. It is a beautiful and pure form of worship, as the entire congregation joins in harmony to sing songs of praise to our Lord. This form of worship is consistent with the scriptures you'll find concerning music in New Testament worship (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18, 19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12). It is also historically accurate, as the first documentation of instruments in worship was not until well after the 600's. Everyone is invited to participate and be a part of the biggest choir in town every Sunday, as God truly becomes the only audience.
We will conduct several prayers during the service.
We don't refer to our pulpit minister by any given title, such as reverend. He won't be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments to set him apart. The reason for this is that the Bible teaches in the priesthood of all believers, that we are all equal (Matthew 23:8-12; Galations 3:26-28; 1 Peter 2:5-9).
The sermon will likely be from 20 to 30 minutes long. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered. We strive to make it a positive message that will encourage you in your daily walk with God.
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will extend an invitation. This is simply an expedient time to invite those who need to do so, to come forward and publicly confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior and submit to baptism. Some may come forward to just pray. Others may ask for a public prayer for a special need, or forgiveness of something they feel convicted about. Our elders make themselves available to pray with you during the invitation song.
If someone does respond to put on Christ in baptism (Gal. 3:26), you will witness the baptism at that time. The baptism will be by immersion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12) and takes place in our baptistery on the stage. Many prefer to wait to have their baptism done in a more private setting, with close family and friends. Any time is appropriate, day or night.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's supper is observed every Sunday. This is also consistent with New Testament teaching, as the first century church celebrated this memorial on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7). During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread will be passed down your row. The bread represents the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each Christian will break off a small piece of cracker to eat at that time.
Next, trays filled with individual small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain the "fruit of the vine" (grape juice) to symbolize the blood of Jesus. Each Christian will drink the contents of one of the cups and place it back in the tray.
This is a very reverent and quiet time in our service, where everyone is encouraged to reflect on their personal relationship with God. Our communion is open to anyone. This is between you and God. If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray on to the person next to you.
As part of our weekly worship service, we will pass plates to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2).
As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row.
What is expected of You?
Nothing at all! You are welcome to participate, but don't feel obligated to do so. Just observe, if that is your choice.
We would like for you to fill out the green visitorâ€™s card located in the attendance books which will be passed out during our service. This simply provides us information so we can write or call to thank you for your visit and be made aware of your particular needs. Supply the information if you are comfortable doing so. You may put the card back in the attendance book, or place it in the offering basket when it comes around. We have a guest services table in our lobby for your convenience.
We would love for you to stay after worship services for a few minutes, if you can. We would enjoy getting to know you.
News that changes all of the Time...
The information above remains pretty much the same most of the time... however, we are a 'family' - so the news is constantly changing.
When you visit, we hand out our weekly bulletin or news publication called the Window. You can also view it online HERE.
In addition, you will note that in the links on the top of this page we publish a monthly calendar to help us understand all the happenings at Center Road. There you will also find links for our youth ministry.
We'd love to talk with you to learn more about you or answer questions that you might have about this congregation. Click here to learn how to get in touch with us, and may God bless you.