Sunday mornings are “Come as you are”. Some folks dress up, and others come more casual. All are welcome. We always experience a quality time of worship, prayer, and a challenge from God’s Word. The service lasts about70 or 80 minutes.
Summer Services from June through August are at 9 AM.
During the school year, September through May, Sunday school for all ages is at 9 AM and worship service is at 10:10, with coffee and conversation at 9:50 AM.
On Sunday mornings you will experience…
A Typical Sunday Morning Schedule (during the school year)
9:00 – 9:50 am – Sunday School classes for all ages, from mid-September through mid to late May.
9:50 – 10:10 am – Welcome time: coffee and conversation
10:10 – 11:30 am – We worship God together
Nursery is available during the Worship Service and Sunday School for children aged 2 & under.
Children’s activities: There are children’s activity sheets on the information table near the nursery in the foyer, activity bags are also located there, and children’s books can be found in our library at the end of the hallway past the kitchen. Please ask a greeter or usher if you are having difficulties finding these things.
What to expect during a Sunday Worship service:
There is no ‘dress code’ expectation at Oak Heights (other than you wear some). There are greeters at the main doors before the worship service to welcome everyone and answer questions. Typically there are 150-170 people in attendance. There is plenty of seating, but if you happen to come in ‘late’ an usher will help you find seats where you would like to sit.
Usually the service begins with a gathering song and prayer, followed by an opportunity to greet those around you. After a welcome and a few announcements of ministry opportunities, worship with singing continues with another couple of songs. Songs at Oak Heights can be hymns or contemporary Christian songs. Some songs come from the hymnal but all songs are projected on the screen. There is a pastoral prayer for the some of the needs and praises shared on our prayer chain. We pray for the ministry of another Christian church in our community, and one of the persecuted churches in the world or one of the unreached people groups in the world (see www.persecution.net and www.joshuaproject.net for examples).
There is a welcome folder that the ushers send down each row where you can let us know you are here and if you have a question or prayer request or would like to be contacted. A “Welcome Packet” is in the folder for our guests. Please take it with you. If you need a Bible or devotional materials please feel free to ask an usher, a greeter or the pastor.
There will be a free-will offering for the work of the ministry about half-way through the service. Guests need not feel obligated to give when the plates are passed.
The Scripture reading chosen for that day will be read aloud. You can follow along in your own Bible or one of the church Bibles in the rows. The Scripture is also projected on the screen.
Then the sermon is preached on the Scripture text and theme, which can be 20-30 minutes in length. Usually sermon notes are in the bulletin for you to follow along and there are PowerPoint slides on the screen.
The Lord’s Table (Communion)
Communion is shared once a month, usually on the first Sunday during the worship service. Communion is an important time for each believer to come together with other followers of Jesus to meet the risen Lord in this sacrament. An invitation to prayerfully acknowledge our sin before God and to place our faith on the Lord Jesus Christ is made by the pastor.
At Oak Heights, communion is for all members, attenders and guests who confess faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you are not a believer, you should not take communion.
We are invited forward to receive bread and grape juice at the front of the sanctuary. There are gluten-free wafers provided at the left-hand station if you need it. If you are in a wheelchair or would prefer, please let an usher know and communion will be served to you at your seat.
On alternate months, the communion service is placed earlier in the service so that children can be present to observe and learn about the Lord’s table. The pastor takes time to pray with children during communion.