We see each new person who crosses our threshold as a piece of God whom we do not yet know, and we are so glad that you are interested in our community. We know that visiting a church for the first time takes a great deal of courage, and can be overwhelming, so we want you to know what you can expect.
You’ll find a relaxed, casual atmosphere with genuinely warm and friendly people at First Church. There is no “dress code,” so wear what you feel comfortable in. You will be met at the door by greeters who hand out name tags and get new folks oriented. Ushers hand you a bulletin (an order of the worship service). If you have children, you will receive a children’s bulletin and some quiet pew activities for them.
The service begins with announcements, a call to worship, prayer, and a hymn. Most hymns are sung from the red hymnal, and the bulletin will tell you which page to find them on. A time is reserved most Sundays for our pastors to speak directly with the children. There are Bibles in your pews that you are welcome to use to read along with the scripture passages with the page number clearly marked. Sometimes the scripture is printed in the bulletin instead. Scripture readings and an engaging, relevant, sometimes funny and occasionally irreverent sermon are followed by more music, prayers of the people, and the weekly offering (please feel free to let the plate pass you by…you are our guest). We end with a final hymn and blessing. Services are usually an hour and ten minutes.
Our services vary a lot from week to week depending on the season, and to accommodate beautiful rituals such as baptisms and other blessings. Holy Communion is on the first Sunday of every month. ALL are welcome to our communion table, no exceptions. In the warmer months, we often have outdoor services on the common outside of our church, weather dependent. You can also join us on Facebook Live if you are unable to join us in person: www.facebook.com/FirstChurchSterling
If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child(ren), please contact Pastor Robin, Senior Pastor: firstname.lastname@example.org