1. What are your worship services like?
Our worship services are fairly simple. They usually include the congregational singing of hymns and songs of praise, public prayer, public scripture reading, receiving of tithes and offerings and the preaching of God’s Word. Once a month we observe the Lord’s Supper and we also baptize new believers as the glad occasion arises. Our services normally last about an hour and a half.
2. What Bible version do you use in worship?
The pastors, and those leading worship, usually use the New King James version. However, we recognize and believe that there are a number of excellent English translations of the scripture with some being more careful to follow the original Hebrew and Greek texts in translation than others.
3. How are people expected to dress at your worship services?
We do not have a dress code at Emmanuel. However, we do believe that we should all seek to dress neatly and modestly and with the recognition that we are engaging in something of unique importance when we draw near to God to worship Him. Our pastors usually wear suit and tie. Other men in the congregation may do so as well, while many don’t. Some women wear dresses and others wear modest pants. You will be welcomed regardless of attire.
4. Do you have a nursery for little children?
Yes, we provide nursery care for babies and young toddlers. Our nursery is very clean, spacious and provides numerous baby cribs and rocking chairs. Normally, three year olds begin to sit in the worship services, though accommodations can be made for toddlers of that age and older who are not used to doing that. You may also keep your baby, or young toddler, with you in the worship services at any age. However, we encourage you to be sensitive to the distraction that can be caused by a crying child during worship and to act accordingly by either taking the child out until the crying is stopped or utilizing the nursery care provided.
5. Do you do background checks on those who work with children?
Yes, all those who work with children in our church ministries, Sunday School and nursery are required to submit to a background check.
6. What ministry do you provide for the teenage youth?
Our youth ministry is headed up, under the guidance of the pastors, by a youth council consisting primarily of parents of the youth and also other mature adults who have a heart for our young people. Ordinarily, there is a youth meeting after the evening worship once every month. In addition, the youth engage in service projects and fellowship activities throughout the year. We host a yearly youth conference and periodically provide chaperoned opportunities for the young people to go on service trips as a group to foreign countries.
7. Is evening worship a repeat of the morning worship or do you have two separate worship services each Sunday?
Evening worship is not a repeat of morning worship. We ordinarily have two distinct worship services every Lord’s Day.
8. What are midweek prayer meetings like?
We devote our midweek prayer meeting to the work of prayer. Usually the pastor or person leading the meeting will begin with a brief devotion from Scripture to prepare our hearts and with a hymn. Then the remainder of the time is devoted to prayer. Our Wednesday evening prayer meeting begins at 7:30pm and we seek to end promptly by 8:45pm. There is a children’s prayer meeting class provided for young children who are dismissed to that class normally around 8:00pm.
9. What evangelistic/missionary activities is your church involved in?
With respect to foreign missions we give a significant portion of our budget to the financial support of a number of foreign missionaries who serve around the world. We also take up special offerings from time to time in addition to that for missionary needs. We also regularly have missionaries visit us and give reports and we read written reports from the field in our prayer meetings and engage in constant prayer for these works. With respect to local evangelism, among other things, we have members who regularly preach the gospel in a local jail, in a local assisted living facility and some who pass out tracts on the streets or at public venues and engage people in gospel conversations. We are always prayerfully looking for opportunities to get the gospel out effectively to our community.
10. Do you have a Building Program?
Yes! You can get the latest information about the church's building program here.