What to Expect When You Come to Worship
When you arrive you’ll see plenty of signs to guide you into the worship space.
We don't have a greeter outside so just come on into the narthex (lobby).
We are meeting in the beautiful sanctuary of the Forest Grove United Methodist Church.
As you enter people will be friendly and introduce themselves to you.
Our congregation is small and naturally accepting, welcoming, and inclusive.
We never ask our guests to fill out anything -or do anything-before, during, or after the service. So you can relax and find a seat.
Ordinary People: Our worship community is made up of welcoming people from diverse backgrounds. Some people are new to the Christian faith, others are exploring Christianity, and others have been Christians all their lives.
Worship is Accessible for Everyone: Regardless of background, everyone feels welcome and is able to worship because of the holistic blending of liturgical and contemporary praise & worship elements. This unique blend allows people who have no church background to be able to participate; while also engaging those who may have attended church all of their lives.
Children: We're blessed with kids, and they are welcome to stay for the whole service. However, after the Children's Message, small children may go to a classroom for a short lesson activity and play. You’ll sign your child into the classroom and leave your text number with the children’s teacher (always an adult female), in case the teacher needs to text you to come and care for your child.
Video Projection: All elements in our service are video projected. So you’ll always know what’s going on.
No Worries about Money: Our church practices, voluntary, free will giving. No one will ask you for money. Anyone who would like to give a financial gift can place an offering in the designated basket anytime before, during, or after the service. We also use the Givelify App for those who would like to give using their phones.
Typical Order of Worship
· Welcome and Introductory Rite (Responsive Reading)
· Opening Worship Song
· Greeting (Sharing the Peace of Christ)
· Prayers: Thanksgivings and Intercession
· Responsive Psalm Reading
· Reading from Scripture
· Gospel Reading
· Children's Message
· Two Worship Songs
· Pastor’s Inspirational Talk (Homily)
· Communion: "The Great Thanksgiving" liturgy (responsive reading)
· Worship Song
· Pastoral Blessing and Dismissal