WHAT TO EXPECT
When you arrive at Yarrow Alliance for either our 9am or 11am service, you’ll park and then enter the main entrance.
At the front door, there should be some friendly people (we call them “hosts”) to say hello, answer any questions you have, and direct you to your seats. If you have infants, our hosts can point you to the nursery. We’ve developed a good security system so you will know your kids are safe and well cared for. Our older children (ages 2 through grade 5) are dismissed 25 minutes into the service. If your kids are shy, they are welcome to attend the adult service with you, but most kids really enjoy the kids’ programs for infants through 5th grade, available during both services. Our Middle School (Gr. 6-8) students meets 6:30pm-8pm and High School (Gr. 9-12) students meet 7pm-9pm on Wednesday evenings. We know how important it is for children to enjoy church, whether they are toddlers or teens, infants or young adults.
You will notice that everyone is dressed comfortably, in anything from “office casual” to jeans and running shoes. After the service you are welcome to have a cup of coffee and pick up information at the connect center (located at the back of the sanctuary)
When you come into the Sanctuary, you will be given a copy of our bulletin, which has the week’s announcements in it. You will also notice in our pew racks, we have Connection Cards which is an easy way for us to get better acquainted; you can ask for any kind of information or assistance using this Connection Card.
The service usually begins with some upbeat music led by the music team, followed by a welcome and introduction to the theme of the day’s service. We will do some more singing and then begin the message. The message is usually about 30 minutes and it will be based on the Bible. You will hear solid Christian theology in intelligent, understandable, relevant terms.
A prayer and sometimes a song will usually follow the message, led by the music team. Speaking of the music team, they do a great job leading musically, with a contemporary feel (drums, guitars, keyboards, vocalists). You will have some new songs to hum all week long.
The service will close about 70 minutes after it began (and believe it or not, the time will fly).
One thing you may notice is that we do receive an offering. We want you to feel welcome as our guest, with no pressure to give. Our regular attenders will put their contributions in the offering bags. Even though we hope you will simply be our guest on your first visit, we do hope you will place your Connection Card in the offering bag so we can send you, or follow up on any information you request.
After the service, you will pick up your kids from their classrooms, and then we hope you will stay around, meet some people and enjoy another cup of coffee. Church is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope people really experience warmth and friendliness at Yarrow Alliance Church.