What to Expect

It's not easy visiting a new church for the first time. Sometimes you feel like a nonmember visiting a country club. Do I belong here? Am I really welcome? Will the people be unfriendly, or too friendly? Will I be conspicuous? Will it be easy to leave if it's not for me? Will they ask me for money? Will my kids enjoy it? If you're wondering what to expect, here's some helpful information.

Where do I park?
Parking is very simple. Parking space is available in the upper parking lot next to the auditorium. Most everyone comes in through the double doors on the side of the building.

Where do I go?
As soon as you enter the door you will be greeted by people who will welcome you and direct you and those with you to the appropriate places. You'll notice that everyone is dressed comfortably, in anything from "office casual" to jeans and sneakers. Some words that describe our service: friendly, warm, open, accessible and loving - "at home" are the words we hear most frequently. Grab a complimentary cup of coffee in our Welcome Center and enjoy the service.

Where do my kids go?
To give families an opportunity to worship together, children stay in the service during the singing (except for the really little ones who can be cared for in our nursery during the entire service). Following the singing, the children (ages 3 to 5th grade) are dismissed to their classes where they are greeted by our awesome team of dedicated teachers. The classes incorporate singing, games, interactive Bible lessons, and arts and crafts, all designed to help our children learn about Jesus and His love for them.

What are the worship services like?
Worship at Christ's Church is patterned after the earliest worship of the church as recorded in Acts 2:42 - "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

The Apostles' Teaching. . .
Preaching is of paramount importance at Christ's Church. Our pastor, Buck Wardle, is more often characterized as a teacher more than a preacher. He is committed to helping the listener grow in the knowledge and understanding of Scripture. His focus is always on getting as deep as possible into the word and world in which it was first written. God has revealed Himself in this incredibly relevant, supernatural book called the Bible. Therefore, we don't want to miss anything He has to say about Himself or how we relate to Him.

The Fellowship. . .
Fellowship and the formation of deep and lasting friendships is a key practice at Christ's Church. We believe that the life of faith is shaped in the company of friends who share common commitments. We are very aware that most of us enter churches as strangers and we often marvel at the depth of friendship, fellowship and love that follows as a result of the Holy Spirit working within and between us. People often remark that their first impression of Christ's Church is the atmosphere of warmth and hospitality.

The Breaking of Bread. . .
We partake of the Lord's Supper every Sunday during our worship. We believe that sharing in the Body and Blood of Christ was a central practice of the early church. We find that our experience of the love of God as shown in Christ is enlivened and enriched by regularly and consistently gathering around the Lord's Table.

If you are a committed Christian, you're welcome to share in communion with us, and if not, you can just sit back and enjoy the music during this quiet time. You'll notice several 'communion stations' set up around the auditorium. During communion, you are welcome to walk to one of the stations with your family or join another family. We simply take turns and then return to our seats.

And Prayer. . .
Prayer is also a regular, weekly part of our worship. Everyone at Christ's Church believes in prayer and some have made prayer the centerpiece of their ministry. Anyone seeking prayer will find an immediate partner in prayer in our fellowship.

Music is a form of praise and prayer at Christ's Church. The music is largely contemporary with traditional hymns mixed in. Our singing is alive and authentic - a celebration! The worship team consists of gifted singers and musicians who love to use their gifts in worship. Song lyrics are projected on a screen at the front of the auditorium.

At the end of our worship gathering, the benediction is pronounced in a way that sends us out for another week of ministry and mission.

Can I meet the Pastor?
He would be disappointed if you didn't! All of our pastors (and members) make a concerted effort to greet everyone, but especially those who are with us the for the very first time. Our pastor is very accessible. . . and very approachable.

That's about it. We hope you'll stop by this Sunday. In a hectic, hurry-up world, we know plenty of demands are made upon your time. Thanks for including us today!
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Christ's Church is a non-denominational church centered around four things: Jesus, Scripture, community and mission.

CHRIST'S CHURCH | PO BOX 3764 | MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA 24115 | 276.638.3479