WHAT TO EXPECT DURING WORSHIP
Maybe you haven't been to church in a while. Maybe you have never been to church. Or perhaps you do go to church regularly but you've just never been to this church.
Visiting a church (any church) for the first time can be scary. Every church does things a little differently. What should I wear? How do I know when to stand? Am I allowed to take communion? What happens during communion?
Hopefully this will help you leave your anxieties behind so you can relax and enjoy the service.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING WORSHIP
WHAT COVID PRECAUTIONS ARE FCC LYNCHBURG TAKING?
See what actions we are taking to protect our congregation and our community by following this link.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dress is anything you’re comfortable wearing—you’ll see everything from shorts and t-shirts to suits and dresses, so come as you are. Remember to bring your mask!
WHAT SHOULD MY KIDS DO DURING THE SERVICE?
Children of all ages are welcome to sit with you during the service. Unfortunately, however, our nursery and Children's Worship are on hold until the number of Lynchburg Area Covid infections goes down. Parents with children may prefer to join us from home via Zoom.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN TO STAND? (OR SIT DOWN?)
It can be stressful trying to figure out whether your should be standing or sitting. Thankfully the worship bulletin will tell you. If you see an asterisk (*) beside the item in the worship order, that means everyone is standing. If there is no asterisk, everyone sits.
Of course, if for any reason you cannot (or do not want to) stand, you are more than welcome to continue being seated. We want you to be comfortable, not pressured.
CAN I TAKE COMMUNION?
When we say that ALL are invited to the table, we mean it. ALL includes YOU.
If you are uncomfortable taking communion, do not feel embarrassed to pass the plate without partaking. It is there if you want it, but no one is keeping track of who does (or does not) take communion.
COMMUNION SEEMS IMPORTANT. WHAT IS IT?
As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we believe that the Lord’s Supper is central to our common worship. We cannot imagine one of our Sunday morning worship services omitting the sharing of this meal at Christ’s table. While we celebrate our diversity, it is our unity at the communion table that forms us into community. Because of this, our whole service is shaped around our communing with Christ, from the opening call to worship to the benediction and sending forth.
HOW DOES COMMUNION WORK? WHAT DO I DO?
Most of the time, communion goes like this:
Our minister, Cyd, will invite everyone to join in communion.
An elder will say a prayer at the communion table.
The diaconate (the people serving the communion) will make their way down the aisles carrying one plate of bread and one plate of grape juice.
There will be one diaconate member on each end of the pew and they will gradually make their way down the sanctuary.
When they get to your row, they will first pass you the bread. Pass the bread down the row (the two plates of bread will meet somewhere in the middle) and then pass the bread back down the pew the way it came.
As the bread makes its way back, serve the person next to you. Then they will take the bread and serve the person next to them. Do this until the bread returns to the diaconate member.
In the communion plate you'll find a big chunk of bread. Break off a piece (it can be as big or as small a piece as you want).
Many people prefer to eat the bread right away. You are welcome to do that too. Others save it to eat with the juice. Either way is fine.
Then the diaconate member will pass you the grape juice. We'll do the same process for the juice as we did for the bread. Pass it down the row and then serve your neighbor as it comes back.
You may drink the juice whenever you are ready. Some people drink it right away. Others prefer to say a little prayer before drinking the juice. Either way is fine.