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?

Due to COVID, we have one worship service at 10:30am in the Sanctuary and online. Be sure to review the COVID guideline for in person worship.

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?

Nursery is not available at this time due to the COVID worship guidelines. We hope in the future to re-open the nursery. 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!

10:30 Worship Service

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?

Due to COVID, we have one worship service at 10:30am in the Sanctuary and online. Be sure to review the COVID guideline for in person worship.

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?

Nursery is not available at this time due to the COVID worship guidelines. We hope in the future to re-open the nursery. 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!

COVID Re-Opening guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP, PARK AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

a.     Masks are required over the nose and mouth at all times.

b.     Social distancing is required at all times.

c.     Each individual will have their temperature taken prior to admittance with a handheld, touchless unit.  A temperature reading under 100 is required.

d.     Reservations are required.  Up to 17 reservations are available, each allowing for seating from one to four persons.  Contact tracing information will be collected each week when reservations are made. Please call 515-288-1914 to make your reservations.

e.     Greeters will confirm reservations, take temperatures, and that masks are worn upon entry.  Ushers will ensure seating placement and social distancing upon coming and going.

f.       Only the sanctuary and restrooms on the narthex level will be available for entry.  (Balcony and nursery will not be available.)

g.     Worshipers will enter at the east entrance and move directly to the sanctuary where the ushers will help them find their seats.  Lingering in the narthex is discouraged.

h.     Pews will be taped off to indicate where seating is allowed and where it is prohibited, to allow for social distancing.  The ushers will assist in directing you to your seats, working from the front to the back of the sanctuary.

i.       The middle aisle will be restricted for the pastor, elder, and anyone else involved in the worship service.

j.       Announcements, as well as joys and concerns, will be presented by the elder and pastor.

k.     Offering plates will be outside the sanctuary.  Tithes and offerings can be placed in them as worshipers enter or exit.

l.       During the welcome, worshipers will be asked to remain in their pews – no handshakes or hugs.  Families, please assist your children in following our guidelines.

m.   Music will be provided by the organist and soloist in the chancel area at a distance from the congregation.  Congregational singing of hymns will be added at a later date.

n.     There will be no Bibles, hymnals, attendance pads, or pencils in the pews and no children’s bags offered.  This will eliminate having to disinfect these items each week.

o.     At the end of the service, ushers will release worshipers to exit the building.

p.     Alternative practices may need to be implemented as we learn what works well and what may not.

q.     In the event of a positive Covid-19 case among worshipers, please contact Park Avenue Christian Church (515-288-1914) and the staff will make contact with everyone who was in worship with the infected person.  PACC leadership will make a decision about cancelling in-person worship for a period of time.

We understand that some of you are not yet comfortable returning to in-person worship.  Please, continue to worship on-line with us as worship services will be broadcast live and posted on Facebook.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this reopening in a manner that emphasizes the safety of our members, worshipers, visitors, staff, elders, diaconate, musicians, and technical operators.

Approved by PACC General Board on March 23, 2021.

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