We want you to feel comfortable visiting as a first-time guest, so we have put together some tips and information about what you can expect when visiting us.


Parking

We recently expanded our parking lot to accommodate more guests, but the times between services can get congested. We suggest you arrive a few minutes early just to find a space and get into the building. We have two main parking lots. The lower lot, right along Juniata Gap Road, provides easy access to the basement level and the children’s classroom wing (and, from there, the main level and worship area as well). The upper lot enters from Good Shepherd Lane, and it provides the direct access to the main entrance and the worship area.


Style

At the 9:45 and 11:15 services, the worship is contemporary. We sing modern songs, led by our band. At the 8:30 am service, we sing more traditional hymns.

The teaching consists of Biblically-based messages, which are the same at each of the three services. We generally consider a theme or series that covers a few weeks at a time, although each week’s message can be understood as a single message, so there is no need to worry about coming in the middle of a series.


Cafe

When you visit, be sure to grab a cup of coffee or tea from the complementary coffee/tea bar, and have a seat in the comfortable Cafe where you can enjoy the company of new friends.


Kids

We value kids at First Church, and we offer a number of opportunities for children of all ages. For the smallest children, we provide a fully staffed nursery, where you and your infant will be provided with a matching number that will be used to ensure that your child will only be released to you. The same number also will be used, by appearing on a small message board in the main worship area, to notify you if your child or the staff need you for any reason.

For older kids, there are various Sunday School classes, all grouped by age. These classes begin at age 3, and go through senior high school.

These Sunday School classes and nursery occur during the 9:45 and 11:15 services, and the nursery is also available at the 8:30 service.