When you visit. . .
Sunday mornings are all about God and His Word. You will hear God’s Word read, prayed, sung and preached.
We are a small, vibrant group. Sunday morning attendance is between 50-75. You will find all ages present. It's not uncommon to have over 20 college students with us when school is in session who worship alongside wise, older saints and younger families with teens and youngsters.
Dress trends toward business-casual. People are friendly, but be bold and introduce yourself, and don’t be surprised if you are welcomed like a long-lost friend.
Bible Education Time (B.E.T.) - 9:15 a.m.
Each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. we gather for Bible education time. We love God's Word and want to know it better. We want to learn about Jesus so that we can better represent Him to those around us. In our Children’s Ministry wing, we currently offer three classes: nursery to 5 year olds, 1st-3rd grade, and 4th-6th grade. Our teen class (7th-12th) meets in the Fellowship Hall, and adults meet in the auditorium.
Worship Service - 10:15 a.m.
At 10:15 a.m. we come together for about an hour and a half. We begin our worship by hearing a portion of Scripture read, then we sing several songs, pray together, and have a time of quiet prayer and reflection before the sermon.
The music we sing at Calvary is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of centuries gone by, and we find blessing in the choruses and modern hymns of the present. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at Calvary, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging others to be passive. This is a Spotify playlist of the types of songs we enjoy singing.
Preaching at Calvary is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around 35-45 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We might sing a hymn encapsulating the theme of the sermon or listen to music played during a brief moment of reflection. Then we close the service by reading a verse of Scripture. A typical service is finished by 11:30-11:45 am. Thirty minutes later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week or simply loving on each other well.
Children stay in the auditorium with their parents. The whole family can discuss together what happens in the church service on the way home. We do have a nursery for children up to three years old. If you would like to keep your children with you the entire service, you are more than welcome to do so.