What to Expect

If you’ve never been to our church before, you may have some questions before you walk through the doors for a worship service. We would too! We want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Below we walk through our two worship service formats with details. We also listed some frequently asked questions about what to expect at a worship service with PACC.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Sunday services do you have?

From Labor Day in September to June we have two worship services, one at 8:30am and one at 10:30am. During the summer (June-Labor Day) we have one worship service at 9:30am in the Sanctuary. (You can read more about each service below)

Is the church handicap accessible?

At PACC it’s important to us that all can participate in worship. We have an elevator and ramps to assist those who need them.

Do I have to dress up?

No, you certainly do not! You can wear whatever you are comfortable in. Many people enjoy dressing up for Sunday worship, and others prefer more casual clothing.

Am I allowed to take Communion if I want to?

At PACC everyone is welcome to receive communion. As with all Disciples of Christ churches, we believe all are welcome at the Table. There are absolutely no restrictions at all.

What style of service and music do you have?

Our worship services are often a mix of traditional and contemporary and are accompanied by either a piano, organ, or guitar. You’ll hear traditional hymns, new worship songs, pipe organ, piano, bells, guitar, and much more on any given Sunday. We have many choirs that share their gifts and bless the church family each Sunday.

How do you say the Lord’s Prayer?

Each Sunday during the 10:30am service the church family says the Lord’s Prayer together. People are not required to do this, of course, but if you wish to, you’re welcome to. Our church family uses the words “debts and debtors” in the prayer.

Do you have a nursery?

During our 10:30am and our summer 9:30am service we have a nursery available after the Children’s moment for children 3 and under. It is located in the lower level of the church. Parents can take their children down to the nursery and pick them up following worship. However, we love to stress that children are always welcome to stay in worship!

9:30am Summer Worship Service

  • This service is our only worship service during the summer (June through Labor Day)
  • Nursery is available if parents
  • Welcome- Pastor welcomes people to worship
  • Joys & Concerns- People are welcome to briefly share with their church family about birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. They are also invited to share any struggles they may like prayer for, such as illness, loss, travel, and more. If a person would like to share during this time, they simply stand and the Pastor will call on them, and they can quickly share what they would like to celebrate or life up in prayer.
  • Pastoral Prayer- The Pastor lifts up the church’s prayer requests.
  • Greet One Another- During this time, the church family takes a moment to greet those around them and welcome them to worship. If this makes you uncomfortable, feel free to stay in your seat and say hello as people pass. This moment will conclude with chimes from the front of the church, signaling that everyone should go back to their seat.
  • Prelude- While someone plays piano (children, adults, or our Music Director), candle lighters lead the Pastor and elders up to the front of the sanctuary. The congregation remains seated.
  • Call to Worship- a person invites us to prepare our hearts for our worship service.
  • Opening Song- The congregation stands to sing a song of worship together. The words the song will be on the screens in the front of the Sanctuary. When the song concludes, the congregation sits.
  • Children’s Moment- During this time children are invited up to the front of the sanctuary where they sit and hear a short message just for them. They also receive a small treat. After this children return to their seats. At this time nursery is also available for children 3 and under. It is located downstairs. Someone can help direct you if you’re unsure of where to go. Children can be picked up following the service from the nursery. We do love to stress that children of all ages are welcome to stay in worship with us.
  • Special Music- During this time one of the many choirs, the quartet, or a soloist will share music with the congregation. The congregation listens and lets the music move their hearts.
  • Offering- At PACC we simply pass the plate during our worship service. No one should feel obligated to give. If you are unable to put any donation in the offering plate as it is passed, you will not be judged in any way. Just pass the plate to the next person in your row.
  • Communion- Communion is the time where we remember the Lord’s last supper. During this time, the Pastor and the Elder will say a few words and then the communion will be passed through each row. In the Disciples of Christ denomination, communion is open to absolutely everyone who wishes to partake. As the tray is passed to you, take a small piece of bread and eat it, then as the next tray is passed, take a small cup and drink it, and replace the cup in the tray before you pass it to the next person. Then take a moment of silent prayer.
  • Sermon- Pastor will give a message to the congregation. This usually lasts about 20 minutes or so and is upbeat, relatable, and moving. Pastor John loves to make us laugh!
  • Invitation- After his sermon, Pastor John will make an invitation to anyone who would like to accept Jesus as savior or join the PACC family through membership. If you would like to do either of these things, simply walk to the front of the sanctuary and talk to Pastor John.
  • Closing- During this service we join hands during our last (short) song as a symbol of our unity as a church family.

8:30am Service:

This service takes place in the Eric Gissell Youth Center which is located in the lower section of the church building. At this service the church family sits at tables and shares in coffee and small breakfast sweets. The service begins with a time of welcome, announcements, joys and concerns, followed by a prayer given by Pastor John. During the joys section, the church family is welcome to share celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, recoveries, and things like that. During the concerns section, the church family is invited to briefly share things that they would like the church to pray for, such as illness, loss, and more. Music during this service is lead by an individual with a guitar or piano, and music sheets are available on the tables. Communion during this service, which is open to everyone, is done at the individual tables by tearing a piece of bread from the loaf and dipping it into the cup. People are able to serve themselves during this time. The service concludes with a sermon message from Pastor John. Please note: There is no nursery available during this service. However, children are absolutely welcome!

10:30am Service

This service is held in our Sanctuary in the upper section of our church building. The following describes the normal mainstays in our worship service.

  • Welcome- Pastor welcomes people to worship
  • Joys & Concerns- People are welcome to briefly share with their church family about birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. They are also invited to share any struggles they may like prayer for, such as illness, loss, travel, and more. If a person would like to share during this time, they simply stand and the Pastor will call on them, and they can quickly share what they would like to celebrate or life up in prayer.
  • Pastoral Prayer- The Pastor lifts up the church’s prayer requests.
  • Greet One Another- During this time, the church family takes a moment to greet those around them and welcome them to worship. If this makes you uncomfortable, feel free to stay in your seat and say hello as people pass. This moment will conclude with chimes from the front of the church, signaling that everyone should go back to their seat.
  • Prelude- While someone plays piano (children, adults, or our Music Director), candle lighters lead the Pastor and elders up to the front of the sanctuary. The congregation remains seated.
  • Call to Worship- a person invites us to prepare our hearts for our worship service.
  • Opening Song- The congregation stands to sing a song of worship together. The words the song will be on the screens in the front of the Sanctuary. When the song concludes, the congregation sits.
  • Children’s Moment- During this time children are invited up to the front of the sanctuary where they sit and hear a short message just for them. They also receive a small treat. After this children return to their seats. At this time nursery is also available for children 3 and under. It is located downstairs. Someone can help direct you if you’re unsure of where to go. Children can be picked up following the service from the nursery. We do love to stress that children of all ages are welcome to stay in worship with us.
  • Special Music- During this time one of the many choirs, the quartet, or a soloist will share music with the congregation. The congregation listens and lets the music move their hearts.
  • Offering- At PACC we simply pass the plate during our worship service. No one should feel obligated to give. If you are unable to put any donation in the offering plate as it is passed, you will not be judged in any way. Just pass the plate to the next person in your row.
  • Communion- Communion is the time where we remember the Lord’s last supper. During this time, the Pastor and the Elder will say a few words and then the communion will be passed through each row. In the Disciples of Christ denomination, communion is open to absolutely everyone who wishes to partake. As the tray is passed to you, take a small piece of bread and eat it, then as the next tray is passed, take a small cup and drink it, and replace the cup in the tray before you pass it to the next person. Then take a moment of silent prayer.
  • Sermon- Pastor will give a message to the congregation. This usually lasts about 20 minutes or so and is upbeat, relatable, and moving. Pastor John loves to make us laugh!
  • Invitation- After his sermon, Pastor John will make an invitation to anyone who would like to accept Jesus as savior or join the PACC family through membership. If you would like to do either of these things, simply walk to the front of the sanctuary and talk to Pastor John.
  • Closing- During this service we join hands during our last (short) song as a symbol of our unity as a church family.
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