We appreciate your interest in attending an Apostolic Christian Church. Whether you are seeking a church home or just coming for a special occasion, we welcome you and hope you feel the love of Jesus at our gathering!
Coming into an unfamiliar setting can be disconcerting, especially when it has a distinct culture. We understand. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide. This information will help you know what to expect so you can be more at ease.
What to Wear
As a visitor, you can feel free to come as you are. However, if you are concerned about “standing out,” then know that we’re a rather formal group. Most men will be wearing dark suits with white shirts and ties. Women wear dresses or skirts and blouses.
There is no need to bring your own Bible to church, unless you prefer to do so. They are provided. You’ll find them on racks on the back or bottom of the benches.
Five times in the New Testament, Christians are instructed to greet one another with a holy kiss.1 This was a practice common to all Christians for hundreds of years. Like several other Anabaptist groups, we have retained this practice at our church services, men greeting men and women greeting women. The kiss is only shared between the members of the church. The application of this greeting varies somewhat, especially in other countries.
Apostolic Christian congregations do not typically offer a Nursery, meaning a place where parents drop off young children so they can be babysat during the service. Pre-Sunday School age children sit with their parents in the assembly room during services.
Our school age children typically attend Sunday School on Sunday mornings. If you have children that age, they are welcome to attend. (Or they can sit with you in the adult service, if you prefer.) Sunday School activities vary by age, but normally consist of singing as a group and then age-appropriate teachings from either the Bible or Bible storybooks. There may also be crafts and games for the younger children.
Some denominations offer different styles of services these days, such as contemporary, traditional, blended, etc. Apostolic Christian services are traditional. There are a few things about our worship services which may be new to you. Read about them here.
Sequence of Events
A typical AC worship service follows this order:
- Hymn singing. Songs chosen by male members in congregation
- A moment of silent prayer, after ministers take their places on the pulpit
- Old Testament reading
- Brief comments from the minister
- Hymn, chosen by minister
- Prayer, offered by minister
- New Testament reading
- Closing thoughts by a second minister
- Hymn, usually chosen by male member from the congregation
- Prayer, offered by a male member from the congregation
From start to finish, our services are usually a little over an hour long. That includes the singing, preaching, prayers and announcements.
Our ministers usually do not deliver prepared sermons. The normal practice is to randomly open the Bible at the start of each service. This frees them up to simply preach on what they read, without respect to what is “popular” or culturally acceptable.
We use the King James Version of the Bible in our services. To be consistent with the language in this version, and to offer a deeper reverence in the minds of the worshipers, prayers offered in church generally include the pronouns, “thee” and “thou” when addressing God.
Quiet and Orderly
If you are accustomed to a lively, interactive worship service format with “amens” and “hallelujahs”, please be aware that outside of singing, prayers and greetings, there is normally no audience participation during our services.
On Sundays we have a morning and afternoon service with lunch in-between. Our “noon hour” is a wonderful time of fellowship. Even if you don’t plan to stay for the afternoon service, have a bite to eat with us. You may make a new friend or two.
We hope you enjoy your visit! Please feel free to come back and worship with us any time. If your visit sparked questions about salvation, our doctrine or practices, we encourage you to speak to a minister or elder to learn more.
1. Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26; 1 Peter 5:14