We know, it can be scary being new. Here's a few things to help on your first visit:
Worship begins at 11 am. You may find it helpful to arrive about 10 minutes early to settle in and look over the order of worship. It typically lasts about an hour.
Check the welcome page on our website for personalized directions
There is parking on both sides of the building, but most people park in the larger lot to the left of the red doors.
Enter into the big red doors closest to the street for worship.
There will be someone inside the red doors who will greet you and hand you a bulletin, or order of worship
Inside your bulletin you'll find the worship order, hymn numbers, prayer concerns, and announcements for what is going in the life of the church. You'll also find a yellow "contact card". If you are a visitor, we'd love for you to let us know you worshiped with us so that we can write a note of welcome. You won't be added to any big lists and your information won't get sold or given to any other entity.
What should you wear? You may wear anything you choose. There are those who will be dressed in dresses and suits, others may be in jeans. Each has their own reason for what they choose to wear, and we try to respect one another's choices.
Where should I sit? Anywhere you like, really. It is ok! You won't be taking anyone's pew. There is even a balcony if you'd rather sort of sit back and watch your first time out.
Where are the restrooms? The restrooms are towards the porch end of the building. There is a men's and women's room on the same level as the sanctuary. To reach them, you'll need to leave through the door closest to the front of the sanctuary. You'll go out the door to the right and the men's room is on the left. If you keep going and take another right, you'll find the ladies. There are also restrooms down the stairs in the entry room of the sanctuary. Once you get down the stairs, you'll follow the hallway and the men's and women's rooms are at the end. It really is o.k. to get up to use the restroom during worship.
What do I do with my children during worship?
Worship with them! At Brightwood, we are currently unable to offer childcare or nursery care during worship. Although that can be difficult, studies show that children who worship with their parents are more likely to become lifelong worshipers and involved in the church. There is a special time of worship just for the kids, and there are worship packs designed for younger and older kids that offer activities related to the scripture of the day. The pack contains crayons and even a small snack.
What should you expect during worship?
We try to make our bulletin very self-explanatory. We'll be singing, praying, taking communion and listening to and reflecting on the sermon during worship.
We try to make our bulletin user friendly. There is an asterisk (*) where you should stand, although we don't do a lot of up and down. Prayers we say together are printed in the bulletin.
Communion occurs weekly and is open to all who believe in Jesus. You don't have to be a member to partake.
Because we believe that all should be welcome to the table, we only serve gluten free communion bread.
Please let us know what else might be helpful on this page. We want to make each person feel at home.