It’s Not Easy Visiting a Church!
Visiting a church for the first time can be frightening. Will I feel out of place? Will I know what to do? Will my children like it (and be well cared-for in a safe environment)? Will I be asked to give money? How should I dress? Is it okay if I don’t believe what everyone else seems to believe?
These are all good questions. We’ve done our best to make the Alliance Church of the Valley as “user-friendly” as possible, whether you are a long-time church-goer, or this is your first time of giving it a try. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect:
One thing you will notice is that most people are dressed comfortably — even casually. Our services involve lively and heart-felt worship in song, led by some gifted musicians. Our 8:30 AM service is a blended service, combining both worship songs and hymns. Our 11:00 AM service is contemporary in style.
We also have teaching from the Bible that is practical and relevant. And somewhere in the service we take an offering, although we hope that visitors don’t feel any pressure to give, but that they can see themselves as our guests. Our goal is that through the music, the teaching, and the whole worship time you would be able to personally connect with God and experience His love and mercy through Jesus.
Every first Sunday of the month during the service we take Communion together. This is an ancient tradition established by Jesus as a way that we can remember His death for us. It is a powerful time of remembering His death, worshiping Him for His mercy, confessing our sins, and receiving His forgiveness. If you are a follower of Jesus, we invite you to join in. Otherwise, you can sit back and enjoy the music. Either way it can be a time where you powerfully meet God.
After the Service
Our services run about an hour and we think you will find it to be powerful and life-giving. After the service, many people stick around and make new friends and catch up with old ones. We hope you will stop by for a visit. There are other excellent churches in the area. Whether you end up in ours or another church — what we long for is that you find a church that helps you come into the joy of knowing Jesus.