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Worship Services

Introduction

As you read through the following description of our worship service, please keep in mind that churches of Christ are independent and therefore, what we do may be different from other Churches of Christ.

Our Meeting Place

When you enter our building, you will be greeted by people who want to make your visit with us a great experience. They will be happy to give you directions to our classrooms, restrooms, fellowship hall or main auditorium. In our auditorium you will find pews arranged facing the front of the hall. There is no reserved seating, so please sit anywhere you would like.

Singing

Singing is an important and beautiful part of our worship assembly. We encourage each other and praise our God from our hearts as we sing to Him. Our song leader will ask you to turn to a specific page in our songbook or direct your attention to words and music in a bulletin insert or overhead on slides.

Prayer

We believe in the power of prayer. Several times throughout our assembly you will be invited to come before God in prayer. If you have a prayer request, please indicate what you would like us to pray about on an attendance sheet, which is inserted in the Sunday bulletin. We will collect these sheets following our communion at the Lord’s table.

The Lord's Supper

A very special part of our worship is the time we take to honor our Savior by partaking of a simple memorial we call the Lord’s Supper. During this memorial we will give thanks and pass plates with pieces of unleavened bread throughout the assembly. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each Christian will break off a piece of bread and eat it. Next, we give thanks and pass trays containing small cups of grape juice. This fruit juice symbolizes the blood that Christ shed on the cross for our sins. Each Christian will drink the contents of one cup. If you don’t feel comfortable participating in this memorial, simply pass the tray to the person next to you.

Collection

Sometime during our worship assembly we will take up a monetary collection. Baskets will be passed along each pew and people who desire to support the efforts of the O’Fallon Church of Christ are encouraged to give what they can. Guests are not expected to contribute.

Children's Power Hour

On Sunday mornings, we have a special program for children ages 3 through the 2nd grade called Power Hour. The song leader will announce the time for the children to leave the auditorium. They will sing songs, make crafts and listen to a story from the Bible. Following services, parents are encouraged to pick up their children as soon as they can. Feel free to attend Power Hour with your child until they feel comfortable in Power Hour by themselves.

The Lesson

During our worship assembly you will hear a message from the Bible by our preacher. His lesson will last from 20 to 30 minutes. We are confident you will find his lesson relevant and encouraging.

Invitation

At the close of his lesson, the person preaching usually offers an invitation. This is a time when members or guests can make spiritual needs known to the congregation. People usually come to the front of the auditorium and sit on the front pew. At that time, one of our Shepherds will find out what the need is and will share it with the congregation. People come forward for prayers, to place membership, to become Christians or to publicly rededicate themselves. We have a baptistry at the front of the auditorium and robes available so that anyone who wants to become a Christian can be baptized whenever he or she desires.