FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating. Here are a few common questions with answers to hopefully make your visit more comfortable!
When are your worship services?
In the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we have one Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Following Labor Day (school year), on Sundays, we have an Education hour for all at 9 a.m. with worship at 10:30 a.m. Typically the first Sunday of every month we celebrate an open communion, where we welcome all Christ believers to participate.
What do people wear?
At FCC, we don't think that an authentic worship experience has anything to do with what you are wearing. We think you should be comfortable. On any given Sunday you will see people wearing anything from suits, ties and dresses to jeans, shorts, and flip-flops and everything in between!
Where do I go once I park?
We recommend entering in the main entrance doors (far west doors) from there you can head downstairs and help yourself to coffee and treats or you can make your way upstairs to the Worship Center, which is located at the top of the stairs to the right.
Is there something for my kids?
Yes! Nursery is available during the 9 a.m. education hour as well as the Worship service for infants and toddlers through age two. Enter through our main entrance (far west doors) and go right down the stairs, you'll see a check in station available to sign your kiddos in.
During the school year there is Education Hour (Sunday school) for kids ages 3 through students in 5th grade during the 9 a.m. education hour. Enter through our main entrance (far west doors) and go right down the stairs, you'll see a check in station available to sign your kiddos in and get a name tag. Education hour concludes at 10 a.m., you can pick your kids up in their assigned classroom.
During the Worship service, we offer Kidz Church for our 3 year old-1st grade worshippers. Families start the worship service together, kids will be excused to the back of the church when the sermon begins, where a leader will gather them and bring them downstairs to the media room (all the way down the hallway to the left), you can pick them up following service in that room.
Do I have to belong to the denomination to attend?
Not at all! In fact, many in our congregation come from other backgrounds and denominations. We have many former Lutherans, Catholics, Presbyterians and Methodists who join us weekly.
What does the word "Covenant"
mean in the church's name?
The word "Covenant" refers to the family of churches we belong to. First Covenant Church is part of a rapidly growing multi-ethnic movement of churches in the United States and Canada, known as "The Evangelical Covenant Church," with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
People from a wide variety of backgrounds and traditions find themselves at home in Covenant churches. Eventually, when people decide to join a Covenant church as new members, they are asked, "Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?" and "Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?" They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of this church and denomination. That's all. But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex. We take seriously our daily life as followers of Jesus Christ, what it means to be a part of the broader history of the Church, and to share certain central beliefs which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues.
For more information on the Covenant movement or denomination, visit www.covchurch.org.