Who We Are

We are just people, from a variety of backgrounds, ages,  and experiences who are coming together to express our faith in Jesus Christ.  We are learning more about what it means to be Christ-follower, and looking to the word of God, Holy Spirit to help us navigate the challenges of life.  We are leaning on one another for encouragement, fellowship and sharing life together.  We do not have all the answers but we desire to faithfully apply what we are learning in Christ and together day by day.


Loving, Caring and Serving in Jesus' Name

What Should I Expect?

    We know that visiting a new church can be a very uncomfortable experience...you never know what you may be getting yourself into.  In order to help ease your anxiety, we have prepared the following questions and answers about what you might expect when you first visit with us.  If you still have questions, please email us at john.newson@heartlandcogop.org.  -Pastor John


What should I wear? Simply put, how you arrive doesn't matter to us.  You will likely see people jeans and t's sitting beside people in dresses or slacks and few, if any, ties.  We believe the way to prepare our hearts for worship matters more than outward appearance.  So please, dress in a  manner you feel is comfortable - just come to worship!


Is there a place for my children?  Yes!  If you would like for your children to attend our nursery (birth-3 years old) or children's church/Sunday school (ages 4-10) during our morning worship service, we will show you the spaces and introduce you to the teachers.  The nursery is open at any time during the service and the children begin the service with the whole church during the music time. An announcement will be made at the appropriate time and the children dismissed to their ministry areas.  However, if you prefer keeping your children of any age with you during the service, no problem!  Children are welcomed with their parents in "big Church" as well!


Where do I park? Anywhere you like!  We have several handicap spaces directly across from the North (main) entrance and the East (Montclaire) entrance. Other than that, there is parking available around the entire building. 


What should I expect during the worship serviceIn church verbiage you could call our worship service "blended."  that means on any given Sunday you will hear hymns right alongside contemporary songs and choruses projected onto a screen.  Sometimes we keep it mild and mellow; at other times fast and passionate all in the same set.  We like musical instruments: electric piano, drums, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, even a trombone and violin.  Our worship team consists of 4-5 singers and occasionally we have special songs.  Above all, personal worship is encouraged on an individual basis.  If it suits you, raise your hands and lift your voice.  If you are more reserved, don't feel compelled to do anything more than your heart and spirit desire.


How do you pray?  Just so you know, we tend to pray all together out loud.  This can be disconcerting for someone experiencing it for the first time.  You see, we believe God can hear all of our prayers at once and the sound of so many voices praying at the same time can be an amazing experience of community worship.   We generally offer at time of prayer during the service for people who would like others to pray for them, to make requests for prayer or even come forward for prayer.  We also allow people to come forward to pray by themselves at one of our altars as they feel the need.  Once again, this is always optional and you will not be pressured to participate in any way.  You may pray as you like.  Praying out loud is not required.  Talking to God is so much more important than HOW you do it!


Do the speakers yell or just talk?  We have a variety of guests who will speak in addition to our pastor, so you will be introduced to as many varieties of styles as there are individual speakers.  Our goal is to communicate the ageless wisdom of God's word in a relational style through relevant topics that offer practical applications for modern living.  We sometimes use video clips and special songs to illustrate a topic or simply get people to start asking questions.  We admit that we do not know the answer to every question.  We understand that we are all on a journey together toward a growing relationship of love for God, care for one another and service to the world in Jesus' name.


Will I be expected to give money when I visit?  No!  How is that for short and to the point?  We collect offerings during our worship service but we make it a point to let our guests know they do not have to contribute.  This time of the service is a time for the church family to celebrate the blessings and provision of our God and to give freewill offerings in support of the church and special needs, such as missions, youth camps, future building initiatives and community benevolence.  If you want to give, we will gladly accept your gift to God, but that is between you and Him!


Will I be contacted after I visit?  That is completely up to you.  When you arrive on Sunday Mornings, you will be offered information which includes a guest information card, which you may fill out or not and put in the offering plate.  The information card allows us to get to know you better, learn what your needs are and allows you to let us know if you would like to be contacted or not.  Once again, all of this is optional.  We realize that our church may not suit everyone but we will be glad tat you gave us a try.  You don't have to attend our church regularly but our prayer is that everyone finds a church community that helps them worship, grow, fellowship and serve others in Jesus' name.


Still have questions?  Contact pastor John at john.newson@heartlandcogop.org.


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