We would love to have you as our guest in worship service or Bible class. We want to set your mind at ease about what you might experience during your visit. We will do all we can to help you feel comfortable and welcome.
Greeting and Welcome
We currently gather for Bible class and worship in the meeting room of the Courtyard Marriott at I-20 and Bryant Irvin. As you enter the main lobby you will notice the meeting room on your right and adjacent to the dining area. We have Bible classes for nursery aged children, preschoolers, elementary, and a class for teens and adults. The newborn and preschool classes meet in the hotel’s boardroom. Bible classes are 9:30-10:15 with a 15 minute break between class and worship.
Our song leader starts worship by leading the congregation in a cappella singing. He uses a mix of current religious favorites and well-known classic hymns. You’ll notice the words and music displayed on the screen behind him. After a handful of songs and a prayer, we will share the Lord’s Supper.
Lord’s Supper and Offering
“The Lord’s Supper” may seem like a strange term if it is not familiar to you. Every Sunday one or two of our men distribute trays for “the bread,” “fruit of the vine” (grape juice), and “offering” (financial giving by our members). Baptized believers will eat a piece of the “bread” and drink the “cup”. The reason we do this is to remember Jesus and the promise of forgiveness for those in a relationship with Him. Christians do so as they quietly reflect on their relationship with Jesus.
After the Lord’s Supper, our members will make a monetary offering. Guests are welcome to participate but it is not expected. This is our members’ way of providing for the work and service that our church does in a number of ministries. It is also a way for them to demonstrate their thanksgiving to God. Each church member determines what he or she will give.
Children’s Bible Hour
After the Lord's Supper, we will sing another song and invite those with children ages 3-6 years old to take their children to “Bible Hour.” Bible Hour is located in the hotel’s boardroom where the nursery and preschool Bible classes were held. This is a time to sing, learn a Bible lesson and make a small cfaft. Of course, this is offered as a service and it is up to the parent to decide if his or her children will participate.
Sermon and Dismissal
Our preacher will deliver a sermon based on a text or topic found in the Bible. He seeks to highlight a principle from the Bible and discuss its relevance for living our lives today. At the end of his sermon, he will offer an “invitation.” Usually those responding to the invitation want to be baptized, want to become a part of our church family, or want prayers offered on their behalf. After the sermon and invitation, we will sing another song or two and dismiss the worship service with a prayer.
Entering and Exiting the Meeting Room
There are two entrances into the meeting room where we worship; the second set of doors allows you to enter and exit at the back of the room. It is not uncommon to see either adults or children quietly leave during worship to attend to various needs. You’ll find restrooms located in the hotel’s lobby across from the boardroom.