What To Expect
Churches are very different—some are liturgical, some charismatic; some are formal, some casual; some are traditional, some contemporary. So, what exactly should you expect when visiting The Sanctuary?
First, you should know that The Sanctuary is a real place for real people. We're loving, sincere, and take seriously our call to welcome all with open arms. So, you don't have to wear a mask when you visit. Just be yourself.
We don't believe church should be stuffy and boring; and Christians have a bad reputation for taking themselves much too seriously. At The Sanctuary, we like to have a good time, and we hope that you have one, too. That means smiles, singing, and on occasion, even dancing (the holy kind, of course). And you're likely not going to go through an entire service without laughing at something our spiritual leader says.
You may have been to churches where visitors were asked to stand, or even to say a few words. Know that at The Sanctuary, you won't be singled out or put on the spot. We want you to feel comfortable the entire time, not dreading what may happen next.
Here are a few additional points to help you know what to expect...
Our congregation is made up of people of all shapes, sizes, and colors. We have singles and married couples. We have seniors and children. We have gay and straight members. We have white and black members. We are a whosoever church; and unlike a lot of places that claim that title, we actually mean it. So, you'll fit right in.
When you arrive, you will likely see some people in suits, others in slacks and ties, and others in jeans and t-shirts. Our policy is simple: Dress according to your comfort level. We guarantee you won't feel out of place. We also want to assure our transgender visitors that you are welcome to dress according to how you identify.
Our worship service begins with energetic singing led by a praise team, with the congregation singing along. This usually lasts about 45 minutes. During this time, some stand, some sit, some clap, some shout, some lift their hands. The point is to express adoration to God in whatever way you choose. If you choose not to, that's okay, too.
Because we believe that giving is an act of worship, we offer an opportunity to give during each service. Members who are financially able are encouraged to support the ministry of the church; however, as a visitor, your presence alone is a gift. Offerings are always welcome, but feel no obligation to give.
Typically, our spiritual leader (or possibly a minister) will bring a message/sermon after praise and worship. The sermon will usually be based on a topic or passage of Scripture relevant to our spiritual and/or natural growth and development. If you have a Bible, bring it along. If you don't, don't worry. Passages are displayed on monitors during the sermon. You may also wish to bring a notepad to take good notes for later reflection.
We strongly encourage fellowship at The Sanctuary; so after service ends, expect for people to introduce themselves. Feel free to meet and greet... or not. It's up to you.
Still have questions? We'd be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us at your convenience.