Join us for Easter! Here are some things you might want to know:
Do I have to be a member to come to your services? Nope. We don’t take names at the door. All are welcome at any of our services.
Are all the services the same? Basically yes. All of our Easter services feature music, a Bible-based message, and communion.
What about kids? We love children, and these services are typically full of them. Even the ones who may be a little hyped up on Easter candy, or maybe a bit cranky from being up too early because of excitement. (I guess that could describe some adults, too.) If your little ones need a break, we offer child care at all of the services except the 7 am service. We also Family Room where you can still see and hear the service, but the kids are free to make a little more noise. Plus, we will have kids activities to occupy them.
Do I have to be dressed up? As with all of our services, you will see a little bit of everything. There will be people in jeans and t-shirts (or maybe shorts if we get another warm spell), and there may be people more dressed up in their ruffles and Easter finest. The holidays tend to bring out the best, yet we still have strong-willed teenage boys who will insist on wearing a hoodie. We don’t have a dress code, and really, whatever you are comfortable in is fine.
Do I have to take communion? No. We do practice what is called “open communion,” which means you can if you choose to, but you don’t have to participate.
Will there be any food? This is one of our favorite Easter events – The Breakfast Burritos, served by the High School Youth. This is a fundraiser for their summer mission trip, so any donations you choose to give will support the trip expenses. We also offer complimentary coffee, tea and goodies in our atrium before and after ALL our services if you just want to grab something as you head into the service.
Which door do I use? There are four main entrances into our building. Two face the north parking lot, and two face the south. The two on the north are marked Fellowship Center (on the NE corner) and Worship Center (up the steps). On the south, one is easily accessed by the circle drive for drop off and pick up, and the other is up a few steps marked Worship Center. Greeters will be located at each entrance to help you find your way.
If you have question we didn’t answer, please e-mail email@example.com, or call 515-967-4818.
What is Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday is a service that commemorates the first communion, or the Last Supper, the night when Jesus and his disciples ate a meal together which would be their “last supper” together. The service includes music, scripture, a message, and communion. It is also the service where we recognize those students who are partaking in their first communion.
What is Good Friday?
Our Good Friday service is a unique experience. In contrast to other services, this is a more somber service, and is a time of reflection on the crucifixion of Jesus. For many, this is one of the most powerful services they attend all year. It includes music, scripture readings and reflections on Jesus’s last moments. The service concludes in silence, with those in attendance leaving without speaking.
Can anyone participate in the Prayer Vigil?
Yes, anyone is welcome to participate in the Prayer Vigil. Beginning after the Good Friday service, and continuing through to Easter morning, we intend to have at least one person committed to prayer in one-hour increments. You can sign up for a shift by clicking here to go to our online sign-up form. The Prayer Team will provide those who sign up with a Prayer Guide, which will also be available online as the date gets closer. The prayer chapel will be open throughout the Vigil, but if you prefer, you can pray elsewhere.