WHEN YOU’RE HERE . . .Most people find that their worship experience is a far better one when they know at least a little bit of what to expect. Some of the things (the A,B,C’s) that we all try to do are . . .
A - ARRIVE STRESS FREE. * Do arrive with some time left on the clock. Entering a worship service several minutes after it has begun, and then having to go through an immediate mental ‘damage control’ process generally makes it rather difficult to have a solid focus upon your worship of God. Arriving 5-10 minutes before the worship service begins allows you the time that you need to say “hi” to a few special friends, to find your preferred place to sit, and then to quietly prepare your heart for a deeper communion with God during the time of congregational praise which follows.
B - BRING YOUR BIBLE. * Do bring a Bible. Although not everyone does come to the worship service equipped with their own Bible, when Pastor Jack brings the morning message, he does insist that you really do ‘see it for yourself’. (Fear not! If ever you forget your Bible, we have plenty of extra copies on hand.)
C - CHALLENGE YOUR CHILDREN. * Do challenge your children. Challenge your children to be a part of your family during the worship service by sitting with you and directing their attention (as you do yours) to participating in the prayers, the praise, and the preaching of God’s Word. Although we do not operate a ‘nursery’, we do provide a ‘Quieting Room’ adjacent to the worship center so that any noisy or disruptive children can be calmed and re-directed before they re-enter the worship service with the rest of the church family.
D - DRESS FOR SUCCESS. * Do dress casual. Not many of the C.C.M. ‘regulars’ wear dresses or a suit and tie (but some do). ‘Clean and comfortable’ is our policy. We gather for congregational worship with a chief concern being that of impressing God - rather than one another (with stylish clothing).
E - EXPRESS YOURSELF FREELY.
* Do feel free to express your heart openly to the Lord. The Bible commends ‘singing’ (Psalm 34:1; Col. 3:16), ‘standing’ (Psalm 103:1), ‘clapping’ (Psalm 47:1), ‘shouting’ (Psalm 96:1), ‘kneeling’ (Psalm 100), ‘lifting (holy) hands’ (Psalm 47:1; I Tim. 2:8), etc. ‘Whole-hearted worship’ is truly ‘holistic worship’ - involving both one’s body and one’s spirit. And even if you observe only a limited number of these expressions of worship in any one worship service, our own participation in worship is to be judged first - ahead of anyone else’s