What to Expect

Expect a friendly welcome and an uplifting time among God’s people. Some feel uneasy when they attend a church for the first time and don’t know what to expect. If you plan to visit with us, we want you to know what to expect when you visit.

Worship Service

Our worship services consist of prayer, communion, giving, congregational singing, and the reading and preaching of God’s word. These services usually last for about an hour.

Prayer – Our time of prayer is when we talk to God, thanking Him for things in our lives and asking for His guidance and help in other areas of life (Matthew 6:9-13).

Communion – The Lord’s Supper is a special time each week to remember Jesus’ death (Acts 20.7). This time of communion includes sharing unleavened bread representing Jesus’ body and fruit of the vine (we use grape juice) symbolizing Jesus’ blood that was shed on the cross for us.

Giving – There will be a time for contributing financially to the work of the church. This follows the biblical example of providing the money in proportion to our ability to support the activities God has asked us to do on Earth (1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 9:7). As a visitor, you are not expected to give anything and can simply pass the plate to the person sitting next to you. You are welcome to place a “Visitors” card in the plate to let us know a little more about you or a “Prayer Request” card to let us know if we can help you in any way.

Congregational Singing – We sing together as a congregation without instruments to praise and glorify God and edify each other (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).

Preaching / Bible Reading – One of the men of the congregation usually present a message from the Bible (Matthew 24:14). The messages are usually are 20-30 minutes long and focus on spiritual things that encourage or inform us about being a Christian. The speaker will usually offer an invitation for anyone who is not a Christian to make the decision to respond to the good news about Jesus and be baptized (immersed in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

Bible Classes

We have Bible class on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. These classes help us to know more about the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15) and provide time to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:23-25). Classes are available for all age groups. For the little ones, we have an attended nursery during Bible study time. Classes are usually 35-45 minutes.

Common Questions

What should I wear?

Don’t overthink it. Wear something comfortable and modest. Some members wear a suit while others wear blue jeans. We want you to know you are welcome and what you wear will not impact how you are treated.

Do you provide transportation?

Yes. Simply call the church office at 256-766-4514 to make arrangements. Please leave a message if no answer and we will call you back at our earliest convenience.

Am I expected to give?

We do not expect guests to give. A collection plate is passed during our Sunday morning service as a matter of convenience for our members to give (1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 9:7). Guests are welcome to contribute, but it is not expected.

What about my children?

Please bring your children! We have classes for all age groups. If your child is shy or uncomfortable attending a class without, you are welcome to stay in the classroom with them or have them sit you in your class.

During worship service, your children are welcome to sit with you in the auditorium. Please do not be discouraged if your child cannot sit still or stay quiet. We understand. Worship Bags are available and located in the main foyer. These bags contain age-appropriate material and activities to help keep your little ones occupied so you can focus and enjoy the service.

For the little ones, we have an attended nursery during Bible study and times of worship. You are welcome to drop-off your child or stay with them. The nursery is equipped with a glass window looking into the auditorium and an audio feed of the worship service.