Our worship service begins with a short song signifying the beginning of the service. Sometimes this is accompanied with the blowing of a shofar (rams horn) to alert people that the service is beginning.
After that we have a welcome, a sharing of joys and concerns. To learn something new in sign language. This is followed by a Call to Worship. Usually lasts 5 to 10 mins.
Then we will sing praise songs and hymns for about 15 minutes.
After that comes the reading of Scripture, along with a short sermonette and prayer. This can last about 10 mins.
Next is a time to celebrate our little ones as we sing well loved children’s songs, camp songs, etc. This is done without musical accompaniment. This is usually about five mins.
There is another Scripture reading, followed by prayer. Which can be another 5 mins.
Then comes “Table Time.” Table Time is an interactive time to be in small groups and discuss/reflect/express more about Scripture, the sermonette, and other sharing. That usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
After Table Time we recite the Lord’s Prayer, sing one last song, have a benediction and then we dismiss. That usually lasts about another five or six mins.
The J & K worship service usually lasts about an hour and a half (90 mins).
If a person does not want to participate in any part of the service or just needs a time for quiet individual reflection, they can feel free to sit alone, draw, color, or chill. Participation is encouraged, but no one will be pressured into it.
What to wear
We are typically a casual church with some wearing jeans and some wearing ties so feel free to be comfortable and dress how you wish.
We don’t pass a plate but rather have an offering plate at the main entrance to the sanctuary.
Our building is wheelchair accessible, except for the stage in the sanctuary.
We have a restroom that is wheelchair accessible with a changing table and a hoyer for youth and adults.
We have headphones and a ‘quiet’ room with visual ability to be a part of the service but maybe have some quieter space with a speaker in the room where volume can be adjusted.
We encourage everyone to be a part of the service but if needed there is a nursery room with toys and changing area.