What to Expect
Whether you're here for the first time or on a return visit, we're always happy to have you. Like many churches, you will be handed a bulletin with worship information inside. During the service, you're free to follow along as much as you are able to, or are comfortable with. If there is something you need during the service, our ushers, who are stationed just outside the doors to the sanctuary, are able to direct or help. Here are some more specific details:
You'll find that worship at St. John's is on the traditional side, following an historic order of service that has remained largely intact since about the third century. In this expression of worship, some parts of the service change throughout the year, while you'll see others more regularly. What you will find every week, however, is a clear focus on Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of the whole world.
You might also notice that Holy Communion is offered during our services. In fact, it is offered every week at St. John’s. We believe that it gives forgiveness, life, and salvation to sinners. Since Jesus Christ has instituted this sacrament and has commanded the church continue in it, we are very careful to administer Holy Communion in full accordance with the Word of God. We therefore maintain the practice of communing only those within our spiritual fellowship. If you have questions about this practice or would like to learn more, Pastor Reckzin will be happy to talk with you further.
During each service, we collect offerings that are used to support the work of the Lord’s church here and around the world. We do not view these gifts as an obligation, but instead as a cheerful and generous expression of faith in Jesus Christ. Should you want to give an offering, you're welcome to do so, but know that you are by no means required to give.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone in the family, from littlest to oldest; children are always welcome at church. However, we do understand that kids are kids, and they can get squirmy sometimes. If you want to take them out, there is a Parents’ Room next to the sanctuary entrance with a changing table, comfortable furniture, and children’s books and toys. The room is also equipped with a speaker and a window to the sanctuary, so that you can still hear and see the service if you'd like to.
Adult Bible Class: every Sunday, year-round, at 9:15am in the church basement. The topics covered vary throughout the year. Have a cup of coffee and join us!
Monday Morning Bible Class: every Monday, September to May, at 10:00 am in the church basement.
Sunday School: every Sunday, between services, from early September and early June.
- Lower Grades: children between 3K and 3rd grade (in the church basement)
- Upper Grades: children between 4th and 6th grade (in the multi-purpose room near sanctuary)
Bathrooms are located in the basement of the church, down the hall on the east end of the building.
There are chair lifts available at each set of stairs. Ushers are also present at every service to help however possible.
Parking is almost always available in the lot in front of the church, but there is overflow parking in the school building lot southeast of the church.
If you are interested in becoming a member at St. John’s, please speak with Pastor Reckzin. He is happy to answer your questions, and, if need be, guide you through a membership class.
Did we miss anything? Send us questions! The best way to get in touch is through our Contact Page. If you happen to be visiting St. John's in person, Pastor Reckzin or anyone on our church council will be happy to address your question, or just get you pointed in the right direction.