First Time Visit? Here's What to Expect.
Visiting a new church for the first time can be overwhelming, especially if you did not grow up attending church. Sometimes church can seem like a closed society, and unless you know the unwritten rules you will feel awkward about showing up. Questions arise such as where do I park? What door do I go in? What kind of clothes should I wear? When am I supposed to kneel or stand? Which class do I take my kids to? Is this a safe place or are the people a little off? I know the feeling. Even though I have attended church for 30 years I still get nervous attending a new church for all of the above reasons.
At Central we want to take all the fear and uncertainty out of attending church. Church should be an enjoyable experience, not a painful one. So we want our guests and first time visitors to know that at Central you will find a loving and accepting church, where you are welcome to come just as you are. No need to dress up or dress down. More important than the clothes is the heart. And only God knows your heart.
You can park anywhere you like in the main parking lot or on one of the side streets. If you come later you will have to look for a spot on one of the side streets. The main entrance is on the north side of the church where you will find two big glass doors and a small atrium. Once inside you will be greeted by warm and caring people, just like yourself. If you need assistance, they can direct you to the classes or restrooms.
We have Bible classes for all ages from infants to adults. Just ask one of the greeters in the main foyer and they will help you find the right class. Because people are diverse, so too is our congregation of about 400. We have all age and ethnic groups represented. We do not focus on any one demographic but try to make Central a safe place for worship and fellowship for all people and all ages. Our worship service reflects this diversity also. Parts of the service are traditional and other parts are very contemporary. The music rotates between traditional and contemporary from week to week. We have a children’s story during the service as one way to minister to our children. The sermons are Bible based, practical and relevant. Three times a month, we have a fellowship meal after church, and a couple times a year we have big social events that allow us to get together for fun outside of the church. When you visit, do not be surprised if people try to learn your name. One of our big values at Central is making connections.
Central is a Seventh-day Adventist congregation but welcomes everyone. Whether you are a lifelong Adventist or just brand new to Christianity, or if you are an atheist or spiritual seeker, it makes no difference. Jesus welcomed all people into His presence and we do the same. If you would like to ask more questions or to visit with the pastor you can call the church office at 719-578-5616 or e-mail Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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