We are so glad you have come to hear a little more about our congregation.
We know that you might feel uncomfortable visiting a church for the first time, especially when you may not know anyone or what to expect. At Deer Park Grace, we want you to feel at home so that you will experience the presence and power of God in the music we offer, and the Word of God that we hear. Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions we get about our church:
Q.What time is worship?
A. 10:00 A.M. each Sunday Morning
Q.What will happen during worship?
A. Our worship is more "traditional"- meaning we sing from hymnals and read prayers together from the worship bulletin that you will receive from a greeter when you enter. We listen to scripture and a sermon, usually about 20 minutes long, from our pastor. We have a screen that displays the words to all the hymns, scriptures, and readings. Worship lasts right about an hour.
Q. How do I dress?
A. Most folks in our congregation come to worship dressed comfortably, and feel comfortable in their ordinary, everyday clothes.
Q.Will my children be welcome in worship?
A. Of course! We believe that God speaks to all of us, adults and children alike, and children are images of the presence of God around us. A nursery is provided for children age birth-six years old, and is located down the hall from the sanctuary. Every service includes a 'Children's Time' - a special worship experience just for kids of all ages.
Q. Do you collect an offering?
A. Some would say that good Methodists have to take an offering when we gather. We indeed do take an offering at most worship services at DPG, as a way to remind ourselves that God calls us into service.Of course, as our guest, you are not expected to contribute. We know that God will speak to you about giving in the appropriate time. Sunday morning offerings support local and world ministries, and our weekly operating costs.
Q. What is Communion?
A. Once a month we celebrate Holy Communion, where we eat bread dipped in grape juice to remind us of the body and blood that Jesus shed for us. In eating the bread, we take on the call to give of ourselves, as well. We hope you will feel comfortable joining right in; but we also do not mind if you would just like to observe. We will not embarrass you by asking you to participate in anything you do not want to do.