Going to a new church can be an uncomfortable experience. So here is a quick overview of what you can expect when you’re a guest at PCF, we hope it makes you feel more comfortable.
The service starts at 10AM, but there is Elements (Sunday Morning Discipleship classes) at 9AM and a lot of people come then. We also have classes for your kids!
When you come in the front door you will find people talking and music playing in the background. You will be greeted and given a bulletin. The bulletin will give you the order of service and some other information about our church. Make sure you stop by our Welcome Desk for a free gift!
You can find a seat and read your bulletin until 10AM when the band starts the opening song. Everyone will stand and sing along. After the song, one of the pastors or elders will ask everyone to be seated and will talk through the weekly announcements and prayer requests. A small clipboard (CareCard) is passed down each aisle during the announcements. If you like, you can write in your name and contact information and we’ll send you a postcard during the week.
An offering is taken, but guests are encouraged not to give. Let the service be our gift to you.
Following the offering, the worship band will lead us in a time of worship. The songs are Christ-centered and relevant, and the words are displayed on the screens. Everyone is encouraged to sing along. Some people will clap their hands, raise their hands to God, or offer other biblical expressions of praise. Children are encouraged to participate as well.
We usually do four songs, then everyone is seated and the children are dismissed to be cared for during the sermon. There is a check-in for nursery and toddlers in their respected rooms. We also have a special check-in station for our 3-5 year olds. You’ll receive a name tag for your child and a pick-up receipt. The stickers have a matching number required to pick up your child. We also use this code to page you if your child needs you. Children 6-12 are simply dropped off in the Gathering Room (under the Welcome Center). We offer nursery for infants and toddlers, and special programs for 3-5 and 6-12 year olds. Safety is our highest priority; physically and emotionally. Parents should feel so confident dropping off their children that they are free to engage in the main service without worry. We accomplish this through our check-in system and by screening and training our volunteers. Every volunteer has gone through a background check. If you need to change your baby, there is a changing station in the Family Restroom in the PCF Kids’ wing. If you need to nurse your baby you can watch to the service in the nursery.
Following worship, you will be given a few minutes to shake the hands of those around you. The sermon is next. We offer biblical preaching with real life application. Sermon points are displayed on the screens and a page to take your own notes is included in the bulletin. The sermons are also available on our website & on itunes.
The service ends about 11:30 or quarter to noon with a closing prayer. Following the service, there is always opportunity given for people to come forward for personal prayer. We also offer free coffee & a tasty snack in our Fellowship Cafe’.
Now that you know what to expect, we hope you will feel at ease about being our guest sometime!