If you are considering visiting us for a Sunday morning service, these questions and answers should help you know what to expect when you come:
Parking is available in the gated lot behind the building (entrance on the Whittier Ave. side of the building). You can enter the building from the parking lot through the doors at the back of the building.
How big is the congregation?
As a newly replanted church, we have a small, but dedicated, core group excited about reaching our community.
How diverse is the congregation?
Our congregation is made up of people from several different races, ethnicities, languages and native lands. We believe God is glorified not by uniformity, but by unity (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11) in the midst of diversity (Rev. 5:9, 7:9ff).
What type of service should I expect?
Based on Acts 2:41-47, we believe there are several key aspects to a Sunday morning service:
- Biblical preaching: While our preaching style is casual and relevant, our practice is to go verse-by-verse through entire books of the Bible because we believe emphasis should be on what God’s word actually says. We are currently studying the Book of Acts and recently completed a series on the Epistles of John.
- Fellowship: There is time each Sunday for people to gather and talk over coffee and refreshments, as well as a testimony time during the service to encourage others with what God is doing in our lives.
- Prayer: There are several times of prayer during each Sunday service, as well as corporate prayer during our Wednesday evening service.
- Praise: Our music style is simple but contemporary. We also encourage people to offer praise to God during our testimony time.
- Generosity: We collect an offering during every Sunday service, but visitors should not feel pressured to give.
- Ordinances: We celebrate the Lord’s Supper together at least once per month (usually on the first Sunday of the month). We also baptize those who have expressed faith in Jesus Christ.
What Bible translation do you use?
We typically use the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) in our services and Sunday school classes. Other translations that we would recommend as being faithful to both the original text and contemporary English language are the New American Standard Bible (NASB), English Standard Version (ESV), New International Version (NIV), and New English Translation (NET).
Are there any programs for children?
Nursery care is available for infants and small children. Junior Church for all potty-trained children through 2nd grade is available during the service (children are dismissed during the offering). Our Junior Church class is beginning The Gospel Project in Fall 2015. Sunday school is also available prior to the service (starting at 9:45 a.m.).
Is there a mid-week service?
There is a prayer meeting every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Childcare is provided.
Are there any opportunities to serve?
If you are interested in helping us replant a Bible-teaching church in Central Jersey, please contact us.