Christ Church - Warren, Ohio
Christ Church
2627 Atlantic St. NE
Warren, OH 44483
330.372.4998

Some Words for the Newcomer

 

Whether you are a lifelong church-goer or you haven't stepped foot in a church in decades for fear that lightning could strike and burn the place down-First, take it easy on yourself and take a breath. Attending a new church service for the first time can be a nerve-wracking process. The hardest part is crossing the mental hurdle of just getting to the door. Please remember, it's just a visit, not necessarily a lifelong commitment to Christ Church. Apprehensions and anxieties are common and human. We want you to know that we understand. If it helps, you can call ahead, stop in the office, or email our clergy to ask questions, and plan your visit.

So, you have made it through the door and some nice guy handed you today's service leaflet. You have scouted out your "comfort-zone" pew to settle into and spend the next sixty minutes with perfect strangers. What next? Well, don't worry much about the order of service or if you are "doing it right". There is no wrong way to worship God when your heart, mind and soul are seeking Him.

Rather than filling your head with thoughts of: "What are this books and papers in front of me?" "Sing?! When I sing, my dog yelps in agony." "Am I dressed alright?" "What will happen if my kids act up during service?" "I don't have money for the plate, they'll think I'm a bad person." "Will they bible-beat me if I haven't been to a church in a long time?".

Please, know this about us instead: We were all visitors once and experienced similar thoughts and emotions. As followers of Christ, we are to be the Welcoming Committee to God, NOT the Selection Committee. No one is here to judge or inspect you. The job of Judge of Man is already filled and it isn't any one of us in these pews. We are fairly certain of that.

We gather here to praise our Lord and thank Him for all the good he has done.
We gather here to better know Jesus Christ in our lives; how we can better serve Him and others.
We gather here to recharge our souls and lay our burdens down, so we can face the week ahead.
We gather here to feel the Holy Spirit unite us to God and to others, reminding us that we are not alone, but instead are part of His kingdom- now and forever.
We share the Good News that God loves you, no exceptions.

For one hour out of your life, we invite you to sit back and soak in the service. Hear the worship in words and music, and allow yourself to be immersed in the presence of God and His people. Our prayer is that you will come away with the sense of the Spirit moving powerfully through this place. Our hearts are stirred to give glory to God and to continue the mission we are called to do. Welcoming ALL who seek to know Him.

Don't be surprised if people ask you to come back and remember you by name when you return. Strangers become friends, and friends become family rather quickly at Christ Church. May the Peace of the Lord be always with you wherever your journey leads.

 
Chirst Church - Warren, Ohio