What to Expect
What to Expect on a Sunday Morning
We are a diverse group made up of people of varied age, race and backgrounds. It is not uncommon to see people wearing everything from suits to sandals. People are friendly, so come early and stay late to meet some people. The atmosphere at Redeemer is broadly evangelical. Many of our members have come from Bible Church, Presbyterian, Baptist, and other backgrounds. Many come with no church background at all.
In the Fall and in the Spring, we offer Children's Sunday School (Birth through 6th Grade - meet in the Education Building), as well as Youth & Adult Bible Study classes (2nd floor of Education Building) from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. These classes are an excellent way to prepare our hearts and minds for worship as well as develop relationships and enjoy fellowship with others. Discipleship Hour occurs weekly during the Spring and Fall and takes a short break during Winter and Summer.
Our service formally begins at 10:30 a.m. During this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, hear Scripture read and preached, read Scripture together or responsively, and give our offerings. Taking our cues from Mark 12:28-39 services typically begin with an intentional God-ward (or vertical) focus and end with a community (or horizontal) focus. You may look at some of our Worship Guides to see other ways in which our services are organized.
The music we sing at Redeemer Church is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the past, as well as the substantive songs of the present. Overall, we strive for a consistent philosophy in worship rather than a particular style. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in others. While you may hear a broad range of instruments from violin, brass instruments, piano, organ, electric guitars and drums the purpose of all these instruments is to undergird and strengthen congregational singing.
Preaching at Redeemer Church is expositional (also called expository), meaning that it seeks make the main point of a particular Bible passage the main point of the sermon. Sermons are usually 40-45 minutes long.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Parents, relax. Children wiggle. We understand and we’re glad to have you bring with you little one(s). For children ages 12 weeks through three years, we provide an optional nursery which begins just prior to the sermon. A brief break in the service allows parents to take their children to the nursery and return in time for the sermon. Children who are able to remain in the worship service are encouraged to do so. Children won’t understand all the words they will hear, but they understand body language. Let them learn that God is worthy of our songs, prayers, and listening ears by the way you and others around them participate.
Our foyer is stocked with activity sheets and coloring pencils for children to engage with during the service.
A speaker equipped training room is located adjacent to the foyer. If you feel that you need to leave the worship center for a time with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).
Nursing mothers, speaker-equiped nursing mothers room is located in the Education building for those who prefer to nurse in privacy.
A typical service is finished by noon. An hour later, however, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week. Many people bring their lunch and share a meal together in Fellowship Hall following the service. So, stick around after the service and meet some people.
What to Expect at a Care Group Meeting
Thinking about attending one of our care group meetings? While each care group takes on a personality of its own through the diverse giftings and personalities of each member, here are some things you can expect no matter which care group you attend.
CARE & HOSPITALITY
As the name implies, care groups are the primary place where care is given and received. Whether a member is sick, undergoing difficult circumstances or rejoicing at the arrival of a new baby, care groups rise to the occasion to serve its members through acts of kindness and mercy.
BIBLE STUDY & DISCUSSION
Care groups are not settings for listening to one talking head in the room. We encourage group discussion as we seek to understand how to apply the Bible’s teachings to our daily lives. Many care groups discuss application of the prior Sunday’s sermon text or study a separate book of the Bible on their own.
WORSHIP & PRAYER
Because care groups are small, they become great settings for members to share in praying for one another’s needs and concerns that might be overlooked or unfit in large gatherings. Each group sets aside time to pray for its members as well as other needs among our church body. Some groups that have musicians within will also sing together.
TIME & LOCATION
Care group meetings are generally on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Many groups plan additional gatherings. Men or women often will gather separately once or twice a month and many groups organize children’s play dates, family outings or post-Sunday service lunches together. With few exceptions, care groups meet in homes.
Most care groups range between 10-20 adults plus children. The smallness of these groups helps cultivate deeper relationships and closeness of care, which can be difficult if one only attends Redeemer's large gatherings.
Parents, there is no need to hire a babysitter. Children are welcomed at all care group meetings. Many care groups setup rotations of 2-3 adults to care for the children during the bible study/discussion portion of the meeting.