We are glad you are thinking about visiting us! We understand that the first time can be a little scary, so let us take a second to walk you through a typical Sunday at Shepherd of the Bay. As you pull into our driveway, there is a circle where you can feel free to drop your family at the door. As you enter through the glass doors, we will greet you with a smile. We will show you where the bathrooms are located down the hallway. We will point out our nursery in the outer church office and then direct you to our worship area.
When you are ready to enter the worship area, ushers will hand you a guide to our worship service and answer any questions you may have. As you enter the worship area, you'll find plenty of seating. Sit anywhere that feels comfortable. The worship service begins at 10:30 am. Once the service begins, you will hear our pastor introduce the theme for the worship service that morning. You will find the entire service is printed in the worship folders the ushers handed to you. The service is also displayed on the screen in the front of church. We follow something called a liturgy, which is just an order to worship that keeps us centered on the good news of Jesus. We will pray some prayers. We will sing some hymns found in the red books on the rolling cart by the ushers. The words to the hymns are also displayed on the screen. We will read some readings and hear an explanation of one of them given by the pastor. He works hard to ensure they are interesting and applicable to your everyday life. There will be an offering (please don't feel obligated to give). If it is the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month the congregation will celebrate communion - something we'd be happy to share with you once we've had a chance to sit down, talk about it, and study God's Word together. And then we leave with the blessing of God. The service usually lasts just under an hour.
After the worship service, we will have coffee and refreshments through the door that leads to the kitchen. You are welcome to stay, eat, laugh and meet some of our members.
We will do everything we can to make your visit a meaningful one. If you have any questions, please ask us. We're expecting them and can't wait to meet you!