We love having guests! When you walk in the door of the church, you should be greeted by someone, asked your name, and handed a worship bulletin. Each service begins with some preliminary music: at the 8:30 Contemporary service, the band begins with a meditative prelude and there is an organ voluntary before the 10:45 Traditional service. People are still mixing and mingling during this song and you are encouraged to find a seat at your leisure and then do whatever is natural to you: sit and read through a psalm in preparation, greet those you will be worshiping alongside, or take advantage of the moment to enjoy some music.
We have an excellent, well-equipped nursery staffed with a professional nursery attendant. The nursery is located in the lobby between the chapel and the children’s Sunday school rooms. Children ages 0-3 will be very comfortable in the nursery during worship, though children are always welcome in the chapel and the sanctuary!
We love children at Central! If you have a child, please encourage them to come forward with the other children during the children’s time early in the worship service. During this time, children will receive a message designed especially for them. Sometimes parents will come forward with their children if a child is not yet comfortable coming forward alone. Following the children’s moment in each worship service, children ages 4-8 are invited to attend a special children’s worship experience – Worship and Wonder – if they wish, or of course they are always welcome to remain in worship with their parents.
In the Disciples tradition, we celebrate Holy Communion every week, partaking of the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. You don’t have to be a church member to participate in the Lord’s Supper with us. In fact, it’s not required that you be a member of any church, as communion is open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
Each time we gather, we remember Christ in the breaking of the bread as he commanded us, saying, “This is my body, broken for you.” We also remember him in the cup, symbolizing his shed blood, for Jesus asked us to “Do this, as often as you drink this cup, in remembrance of me.” [Note that in the Disciples tradition we use non-alcoholic grape juice - not wine - in the communion cup. While this practice distinguishes us from some other Eucharistic traditions, we believe it is important that our worship recognizes the needs of non-drinkers, recovering alcoholics, and children].
In the 8:30 service we take communion by “intinction,” or dipping. Just follow the others to the bread and cup, take a piece of bread, dip it into the chalice cup, and eat it before returning to your seat for silent meditation. In the 10:45 service, we observe a more formal distribution of the communion elements with individual communion wafers and cups of “wine” (juice). Just take a piece of bread as the tray is passed and eat it … and then take a cup as it is passed and hold it until you are invited to share it together.
You are invited to join us, after the 8:30 service or before the 10:45 service, for a time of fellowship and refreshments in the church lobby (though you’ll have to race the kids to the fruit and cookies!). It’s a great time to meet people and ask questions.
Sunday school classes meet from 9:30 until about 10:30 am. We have many classes for all ages and interests, including classes for children and youth. We also have many other groups and opportunities to meet throughout the week.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to Central, and that you will join us again soon!