First Time Here

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You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Deuteronomy 11:2)

Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating: Why are they standing?  How does this song go?  Where are the bathrooms?  At Bethel we recognize the leap of faith required by anyone who answers the call to worship in a new place, and we celebrate the work of the Spirit that brought you here.  Faith is never perfect, and seldom easy–that’s why at Bethel we boldly proclaim: “doubts welcomed; faith inspired.”  There is a place for everyone in this house of God.  With that in mind, here are some common questions that might be on your mind before arriving:

Where should I park?

Bethel’s facility has two parking lots: a small one on the upper level of the facility, and a larger one on the lower level.  Both lots are accessible from the main driveway on 15th Ave NE.  Please note: if you need ADA-accessible parking, your best option is the upper lot.

When should I arrive?

Sunday morning worship begins with a musical prelude at 9:30am, followed by announcements and greetings.  Some people prefer to arrive for coffee and conversation earlier than this: you are more than welcome to join them!

What should I wear?

“Business casual” is a common choice for people, but is in no way mandatory.  Dress as you are comfortable: you’ll see people dressed formally, and some dressed quite casually–all are valid options.

Where should my kids go?

During worship, your children are welcome to enjoy “The Prayground” — a special space in the sanctuary filled with books, coloring supplies, and other age-appropriate toys.  They’ll be invited up for a special Children’s Message partway through the service, and are welcome to help collect the day’s offerings afterward (and get a candy treat as a thank you!).  After worship, we host our Education Hour for all ages — for the younger kids, we hold a weekly Sunday School time and there’s Confirmation for the teens every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.  Whatever their age or experience, there’s always the opportunity for them to learn about God’s abundant love at a level that they can relate to.

What will worship be like?

Worship at Bethel changes from season to season: whatever you experience on one Sunday may or may not be reflective of what took place the week before.  But while the style may change, the heart remains the same: always searching for a stronger connection to the love of God in our lives and a means to share it with others.

Keep in mind that “what you see” isn’t “what you get”–there is always room to explore new ways of growing faith!  If you have something you think we should try, let us know about it: just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it can’t happen at all.  The ministry of this place is at its best when the gifts, talents, and ideas of all are included.