What To Expect

Visiting The Fellowship?

What to Expect:

We invite you to come with an expectancy to receive from God. That’s more important than all the details listed below. Jesus promised his own presence in the church. We sense his presence when the message of songs or sermon touches us at a deep place. God’s Word is no longer dry Bible talk, but a living connection to our Creator and Redeemer. Results? Our thinking, feeling, praying and even living itself are transformed as His love and truth washes over us. Sounds spooky? Overwhelming? Come with an open heart and discover the beautiful holy presence of the Lord.

But it also helps to know exactly what to expect in this church setting. Maybe you’ve noticed that there’s a wide variation in the way church is done in different places! What will you find at The Fellowship? To begin with, we are not locked in to either what’s Traditional or what’s Trendy, but only to what is True to God and to the pathway He has led us on.

Before You Arrive


In the Worship Service

After the Worship Service



Before You Arrive

Have Kids? 

You can complete the Family Information Form online to save time when your kids check in.




We are near the corner of Routes 106 and 123, across from the entrance to Target. Long term residents of this area know us as the church across from the waterfall. When you drive in the church entrance, you’ll find a parking lot with plenty of room for your car. Among the many doorways to the building, you’ll see the one clearly marked with the sign “Worship Center.”

Welcome Desk

As you enter, you will see the Welcome Center, staffed by friendly volunteers. They are well informed to answer any questions you may have about restrooms, classrooms, children, nursery, the worship service, or the church generally. We also have a small token gift for you to remember The Fellowship. You can pick up your gift bag before or after the service.

There is also a Check-in/Welcome desk for kids when they arrive to get checked into their classrooms.  


You will see a wide variety of dress, from jeans and a t-shirt to the occasional guy with a tie or lady with a pretty dress. Whatever you wear, we want you to feel comfortable, because we are not here to gauge people by their clothes. You’ll meet a community made up of families and singles, young and not so young, virtually every skin color, and (at last count) 23 different birth nations! Tradesmen, professionals, unemployed, retired folks, immigrants, homemakers, business men and women, the occasional homeless person, and the cutest babies anywhere – you’ll notice a warmth about our community, a family full of grace.

There are several first time visitors on most Sundays. You won’t be alone, you won’t stand out, and you won’t be stared at. You will be warmly greeted, but you’re not going to be made to stand up in front of everyone, or do anything strange.


You’ll notice many carry a Bible, while others read Scripture from their smart phones or tablets. If you own a Bible, you will want to bring it. If you don’t own a Bible, no problem. There’s a bookshelf of Bibles and an usher will be happy to help you get one. In addition, the main Bible passages will appear on the overhead screens, and they are usually printed in the service program. The teaching is usually from the English Standard Version of the Bible. Many people carry the New International Version, or other translations. If you have a different version, that's fine too.

Special Needs

Entries on both levels are wheelchair accessible, and there is an elevator between levels. There are handicapped parking spaces near all main doors. There is plenty of space in the worship hall for wheelchairs to move and to settle in any section of the room.

If you are hearing impaired, ask for help from one of the volunteers at the tech booth just inside the entry to the Worship Hall. They can provide for your use a small inconspicuous FM receiver with ear buds. For many, this has given them freedom to hear sitting anywhere in the Worship Hall. Note, this is not a hearing aid (amplifier), but a small radio with an earpiece.  

Jesus Followers” is a group of mentally & emotionally disabled adults who take part in our worship services, and who have a weekly class of their own. We appreciate their lively contribution to the life of our community.

Gluten-free wafers are available during communion. We seek to accommodate food allergies at retreats and other meal events. When you drop your children off at a class, be sure to inform the teacher of any food allergies.


In the Worship Service


The length of the worship service is about 75 minutes or so. The flow of the service usually includes music, prayers, scripture readings, offering, individuals sharing their stories, and a practical message from God’s Word, the Bible. We have communion on the first Sunday of each month. Occasionally baptism is part of the service.


To express our worship we rely mostly on congregational singing & participation, rather than extensive reading of liturgy. The music is typically accompanied by the worship band, but we also feature the piano quite a bit.  We have a variety of music in our services, from hymns to contemporary music.  Words are on the overhead screen, and there are hymnals on the back shelf for the times we sing hymns. Some people may raise their hands or clap, others don't. There’s an unforced freedom for people to express love for God in the way most authentic for them.


We announce that visitors do not need to contribute to the offering. And we mean it. You are our guests! Those who make this their church home count it a privilege to support the ministry here, as well as sending much of our giving outside the church, to our missionaries scattered across the globe. Some donors give in the offering plate when it passes by. Others give online or through their bank. In other words, you won’t stand out if you pass the plate on by.

Bible Message

The word pastor means “shepherd.” He is responsible to feed the flock the Word of God. The basis of this is the conviction we have that the Bible is a message to us from God: entirely truthful, sufficient as a guide to living, and a channel of meeting with God.  You can listen to or download the pastor’s Bible messages here. But don’t come to church just to hear a man. Instead, come to hear God speaking to your heart through his Word.


After the Worship Service

Prayer Team

Do you sense a need for God’s help? Is that feeling heightened as you listen and take part in worship? Sometimes people are moved to seek help after the service from the prayer team at the left front of the Worship Hall. Whatever your need – forgiveness, illness, guidance, or a need in a loved one – they will pray for you. If you would like a quiet space to pray alone, the prayer chapel is marked by a sign at the open door just behind the pianist.


After the service, coffee and light refreshments are available in the Commons at the coffee window. These minutes of conversation and sharing, meeting old friends and making new ones, can be one of the best parts of Sunday morning.



We have classes for all ages which meet at 9:00. People choose one of the classes/small groups to attend at 9:00, then attend the worship service at 10:30.  There are classes for all age groups: adults, teenage youth, and children. During the 10:30 service there is a Nursery for the youngest among us, and a children’s church called Jr. Church (children stay with their parents for the beginning of the main service, and are dismissed partway through). The volunteers at the Welcome Desk will be happy to help you find the right classrooms.

Children in Church

Having children and youth in the main Worship Service benefits them and benefits the service. We try to include them in ushering, special musical numbers, speaking, and other ways. In the 10:30 service when we dismiss children partway through the service, some go to Junior Church (age 4 to grade 3), though some stay in the service with their parents. Babies are welcome in the service. For parents who choose it, we offer a clean, well- equipped, well-staffed nursery for children from birth through age 3. But we welcome the presence of children in the service, even if they are at times a little restless. Learning to sit in church is a process, and God welcomes the sounds of children. So do we. We are a family!

In order to keep children safe, we utilize an electronic check in system that tracks not only the children, but also the volunteers who are working with them each Sunday. If you haven't already completed the Family Information Form, you can fill it out online ahead of your visit, which will greatly speed up your check in process. You can use one of the self-check in stations, or ask one of our Check In Desk volunteers for assistance.

Child Safety

Parents and the child(ren) each get a sticker with a matching number, so that only you can pick up your child.  Only children, their parents, and our trained staff/volunteers are allowed in the Children's Wing on Sunday mornings, so we can enforce a layer of physical security for our children. Children in our Children's Wing have access to their own solo bathrooms. They will be escorted to the bathroom by a teacher or helper who first makes sure the bathroom is clear, then waits in the hall to ensure they're not disturbed. If a child needs bathroom assistance, or a diaper change, a parent is paged. Staff do not change diapers or touch a child in that way. All children’s groups have two volunteers present in the classroom. There are windows in all doors so that there is always full visibility in classrooms and offices. Ceiling mirrors are used in places where a blind corner may exist.  Security cameras record the comings and goings in every hall and open space. Every children’s worker and youth worker is screened and given a background check. They are given safety guidelines and training, including how to recognize “grooming.” All volunteers are required to avoid any touch, gifts, or special friendships that could be misjudged, and to remind one another of the same. An action may seem completely innocent, but better to call it out than to regret it later. Child predators seek out trusting environments as soft targets. They soon recognize that this church is not a soft target!

While our staff and volunteers are trained in child safety, some responsibility still lies with the parents. Young children should not be sent out of the Worship Service alone to go to the restroom. Go with them. Bring your child to nursery or class only if they have been free of fever or contagious disease for at least 24 hours. Inform the Check-in desk worker(s) and the child's teacher of any food allergies the child has. Do not rely on the child to report this. The safety of our children is of prime importance. If you observe any lapses in these policies, please report it to us immediately.

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