Worship with us in person at Birnham Woods Elementary on Sundays at 10:00 am. Wondering what to expect?
We are currently following CDC guidelines.
The worship space is very large! Some chairs will be set up ahead of time and others will be available so you can set up where you feel most comfortable.
When visiting indoors, physical distance between households encouraged.
When offered, individually packaged communion will be available.
Restroom & baby changing station available.
As of Easter Sunday 2021, we are back in the building!
Per CDC guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask unless they desire to do so.
What to Expect
As of April 2021, we are meeting indoors at Birnham Woods Elementary School in the Falls at Imperial Oaks neighborhood. Enter the parking lot by the school sign and look for the main entrance (under the large portico).
Birnham Woods Elementary has lifted their mask requirements. Per CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks unless they desire to do so. At CISD's request, we will continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing when visiting indoors.\
Worship begins at 10:00am but our team begins setup closer to 9:00am so feel free to come early and get settled in (if you brought your coffee with you, this would be a great time to enjoy a quiet moment before worship begins). The service lasts approximately 60 minutes. Running late? That’s okay. We promise it's not a disruption to join late so come on!
We’ll be explaining each part of the service as we experience it. God's people have been gathering for worship for thousands of years, so we like to include the best of many centuries in our worship services. Don't be surprised when we speak the Apostles' Creed (which finds its roots as early as the first century) followed by a song that was written a few years ago! You’ll hear a mix of acoustic-guitar driven renditions of modern songs and traditional hymns led by our worship team (which is a little smaller than usual as a precaution). You’ll also be invited to participate in spoken responses including confession & forgiveness, prayers, the Apostles’ Creed, and Bible verses. The words will be available in our weekly digital bulletin which you can pull up on your phone (or grab a paper copy if that's your preference). Each Sunday, we celebrate either a baptism or communion.
Do you play an instrument? Know how to sing harmonies? Connect with our worship leader!
Immediately after worship, join us outdoors under the covered portico for donuts and coffee!
If you didn't do so during the service, please take a minute to fill out a connect card. When you fill out a connect card with your name, email, and phone number, we’ll send a $5 donation in your name to your choice of one of three local charities. We’d love to get to know you better and invite you back to worship as well as to community events & groups. You can expect an email the week following the service, but if you think of something you'd like to talk about before then, you can always contact Pastor Mark directly.
Parents, you've got a tough job. Most of us are parents or grandparents so we get it. If there is anything we can do to make your life easier, let us know. Children are just as welcome in worship as adults and because of the interactive nature of worship (from catchy songs to prayers & creeds that are easily memorized even from a young age), we welcome kids to participate in worship with their families! To help facilitate this, we have a couple recommendations that might help you out:
Babies & Toddlers: Need a diaper change? A fully-stocked changing station is located near the bathrooms (indoors). Worried your baby or toddler will make noise? We aren't! The Bible tells us "make a joyful noise to the Lord" (Psalm 100:1) and there is no more joyful sound than children playing. The best thing we can teach children at this developmental stage is that church is a fun, safe place to be. Some parents bring a picnic blanket and (non-noise-making) toys for their littles.
Young Children: Each Sunday, our Lazarus Kids team puts together a one-time-use paper bag of crayons, coloring sheets, and other items based on the service theme. We have children's Bibles available that can be borrowed during the service (don't have one at home? take one of ours!). As our church grows, our ministry to kids will grow as well. If you would be interested in getting involved in hosting a class for elementary age children during the sermon, contact DCE Laura. Want more information about helping your elementary age child participate more fully in their faith right now? Contact Pastor Mark.
Older Children: Youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to worship with their parents. As our church grows, our ministry to kids will grow as well. If you would be interested in getting involved in a ministry for 6th-12th graders, contact DCE Laura. Want more information about helping your 6th-12th grader participate more fully in their faith right now? Contact Pastor Mark.