One of the brothers opens the meeting with a few comments and a prayer. After several congregational songs, we have a scripture reading and a devotional. Sometimes we have an extended time for congregational testimonies and prayer requests. After prayer we turn the time over to the brother bringing the sermon. Sunday school classes for children and adults follow the sermon.
Some visitors are concerned about fitting in or embarrassing themselves (or us!) when they visit. Don’t be! We want to make you feel welcome. The notes below give some idea what to expect.
- We take an offering during our worship service, but no one is obligated to give.
- Unlike some conservative Mennonite congregations, men and women do not sit separately for the service. We usually sit as families.
- Children stay with their parents or other adults during most of the service. You will occasionally see parents taking fussy or sleepy youngsters to the back. At the end of the service we have a 30 minute Sunday School in which children age four and up separate into classes by age brackets.
- We do not have a dress code for visitors. Brothers usually wear dress pants with a button-down shirt. Sisters cover their long hair with a cap or veil and usually wear dresses with a cape or layered top. We are not offended by visiting women who do not veil their heads during our services, although we encourage them to explore the Christian practice described in I Corinthians 11
- The congregation sings in four-part harmony without accompaniment. We do not normally clap to accompany our songs, but if the Spirit leads you to clap, we will not be offended!
- Men in the congregation may greet each other with a kiss on the cheek or a hug. Women may also greet one another similarly. This is called a “holy kiss” and is a part of both Christian and Mennonite tradition. (See Romans 16:16, I Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, and I Peter 5:14) People in the congregation will not typically initiate this greeting with visitors unless they know you are from a similar congregation that shares the practice.
We would be glad to welcome you to our next service!