What to Expect
How Long are the services?
Our services last around an hour
Will I be singled out if I'm new?
Absolutely not! You’re our guest and that would be a horrible thing to do to you. Our goal is for you to have the best experience possible, which means we won’t single you out in any way. As part of our weekly services we do take up an offering. If you are a guest, please do not feel any pressure or obligation to give. This is an act of worship and obedience for our regular attenders, allowing them to thank God for all of the great work He is doing in their lives and to give back to help continue the life-changing work of the church.
Is there a dress code?
Nope. Come as you are and wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You can "dress up" if you want to or wear casual clothes.God is more interested in your heart than how you’re dressed.
Where do I park?
The main parking lot is behind the building, there is a sign to direct you.
Whats the worship like?
Our worship is liturgical.
Liturgy simply means the work of the people. Liturgy is not the deluxe or heavy-duty version of Christian worship. It is for everyone who is spiritually hungry and seeking training in heartfelt obedience to God and his purpose for our lives. Responding to the grace of God, we worship by participating in ancient Christian practices as spiritual disciplines, seeking intimacy with Jesus and transformation into his likeness, becoming his cooperative friends for the sake of others. Liturgy is participatory. If you get off track in the liturgy, don’t worry. Just relax in the moment and make yourself peacefully present to, and alert to the Holy Spirit. Allow yourself to be immersed in the community around you --- in song, prayers, and God’s word. The liturgy follows the same basic pattern that most Christians have worshipped throughout the centuries. We encounter God through reading the scriptures, singing God’s praises, responding in prayer and confession, offering ourselves to God in thanks as we celebrate Holy Eucharist, and sent out with a blessing to be a blessing.
Will I know how to participate?
STANDING AND KNEELING
At various times during worship, we may stand or kneel as our physical movements often help direct our hearts and minds. You may always modify the positions due to physical limitation or discomfort. The general rule is that we stand to speak and hear the gospel, sit to listen, and kneel to pray. Kneeling in such contexts is far more than keeping to tradition or the status quo, it is the intentional decision to honor the Lord verbally and physically. To kneel is to submit, it is to worship, and it is to recognize that Jesus is King, and we are not. Failure to do so, while not inherently wrong, would be to separate our minds from our hearts and bodies. If you are in doubt as to which posture feels right for you, simply do what the people around you are doing.
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! – Psalm 95:6
Can I take communion?
We invite all baptized followers of Jesus to join us at the altar for Holy Communion. If you have not been baptized, we invite you to follow Jesus with us and be baptized. Our ministers would love to talk to you about this!
The floor is marked at 6’ intervals to ensure proper physical distancing. When approaching to receive communion maintain a single file in the center aisle while approaching and exit to your left. To receive the bread, extend your hands upward, palms crossed. If you are not prepared to receive communion, you are still welcome at the altar. Simply place your arms across your chest and a prayer of blessing will be prayed for you. As a result of COVID the distribution and consumption of the consecrated wine is suspended for clergy and laity. After receiving the bread, the communicant should, at a distance of at least 6 feet, lower your mask below your chin in order to consume.
Can I speak to someone?
Our pastors are available to assist and serve you and your family. Simply click on the REACH OUT button at the top of the page and someone will be in contact with you.
What about kids?
Children are always welcome at all services at Holy Cross! Currently as a result of COVID our nursery has been suspended. Click on the REACH OUT tab above or send us an email to check the current status of the nursery. Typically the nursery is available for children 3 and under.