What to Expect
Thank you for your interest in First Reformed. We love having visitors and hope to have the opportunity to get to know you.
Visiting a new church can be overwhelming. Everyone seems to know what’s going on except you! To help make your visit with us a little easier, here are a few things you can expect.
Directions to our church can be found here. When you drive up to our building, you will discover that we are a “back door” congregation. The best way to enter the church is to park behind the sanctuary and come through the back door. There you will find a Welcome Desk with someone to greet you and answer any of your questions.
During the school year (September–May), we have Sunday School classes for all ages beginning at 9:30am. There is no Sunday School program during the summer months (June–August).
A nursery is provided for infants. Starting at age two (by August 31), we have classes ranging from toddler through high school. We use an excellent curriculum by Great Commission Publications that focuses on teaching the Bible to children and youth from a Reformed and Christ-centered perspective. These classes are taught by members in our church who have a passion for instructing children and youth and showing them the love of Christ.
Our adult classes are taught by our pastors and ruling elders. Each class is normally twelve weeks in length. Newcomers are welcome to attend anytime. We cycle through a variety of subjects covering biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and practical theology. There is opportunity for discussion during Sunday School (although no one will call on you to speak), while afterwards there is usually time to enjoy a good chat and a not-so-good cup of coffee before morning worship.
Our morning worship service begins at 10:45am during the school year (September–May) and at 10:00am in the summer (June–August). A typical service lasts between an hour and fifteen minutes and an hour and a half. Nursery is provided for ages three and under, and a Mother’s Room is available in the Narthex.
Some people dress casually, others more formally, while most are somewhere in between. Ages range from newborns to senior saints. Some folk have grown up in the church; still others have only recently joined us. Our style is liturgical but not lifeless. Each part of the service is based on biblical patterns for worship and reflects the rich heritage of our Reformed tradition.
After brief announcements, there is a time for reflection and preparation for worship. The service begins with a call to worship the Triune God and continues through a series of prayers and praises, including an offering, until the climax of the service is reached in the reading and preaching of God’s word. After the sermon we respond with a song of praise and conclude with a benediction, which is God’s blessing to us in Christ as we depart. The Lord’s Supper is taken the first Sunday of the month and baptisms are scheduled as needed.
In terms of music, we sing both psalms and hymns (old and new) from a variety of sources such as the Scottish Psalter, the Trinity Hymnal, RUF hymnal, and Getty hymns. As for instruments, you will hear a mix of organ, piano, guitars, and violins used for the purpose of encouraging hearty congregational singing to the praise and worship of God. As the mantra goes, we sing the Bible, pray the Bible, read the Bible, preach the Bible, and see the Bible.
Our evening worship service is held at 6:00pm throughout the entire year. Nursery is provided for ages three and under. The evening service is an entirely different service from the morning but follows a similar format. We meet in the Fellowship Hall to give it a more “informal” feel (except on hot summer nights when we enjoy our air-conditioned sanctuary). The service ends around 7:00pm to leave ample room for fellowship.
Please contact the church office if you have additional questions. We look forward to meeting you!