WHAT TO EXPECT

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At First Christian Church, you'll be welcomed into a friendly, casual environment by people who are excited to see you. We want you to have an idea of what to expect when you arrive. All you have to do from here is come as you are and find out more for yourself!

8:15 & 10:20 Services

What are your services like?


8:15 TRADITIONAL SERVICE This 45 minute service located in our main sanctuary features beautiful hymns and an inpsiring sermon. Because of the smaller crowd and quieter atmosphere, this is a great option for those with sensory sensitivities. 10:20 TRADITIONAL SERVICE Along with congregational hymns, in this inter-generational service you will also hear the sounds of our Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and special music performances. The service is a little over an hour long. There is a special time set aside for all children to come to the front and hear a special lesson just for them. Before the sermon, those in Pre-K through 2nd grade are dismissed to Children’s Church. A nursery with trained staff is avaiable for children birth - 3 years old.




Will you single me out as a visitor or make me stand up?



We will gladly welcome you as you come through the door and give you directions if you need them, but we will not single you out during the service.




Where do I park?



Plenty of parking is available on the east side of the building. For visitors, we have a couple of reserved places for your convenience, close to our main entrance. Overflow parking is also available in the Landmark Bank parking lot next door.




What entrance do I use?


The closest entrance to the sanctuary is on the east side of the building under the drive-thru awning.




When do I need to arrive?



Our worship services begin at 8:15 am and 10:20 am, with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9:00 am. For your first visit, it would probably be a good idea for you to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to get parked and get your family to the appropriate locations throughout the building.




What do I do with my infant or toddler during the worship service?



If you would like to worship in peace while your children are in a safe and fun environment designed just for them, we have a great nursery for your children during Sunday School and our second service. If you would like to keep your infant or toddler with you in service and are scared they might be disruptive, we have a cry room available on the south side of our sanctuary with a couple of rocking chairs and a large window so you can enjoy the service while not worrying about the noises your child may make. During both services there are "busy bags" available to borrow, with coloring books and other activities so that they can stay with you in service if you'd prefer. Those are located in the narthex.




Do you have something for young children during church?


Families sit together during the live worship songs, and then children Pre-K through 5th grade will be dismissed to Children's Church for the remainder of the service. If your child wishes to stay with you, we welcome children in the service and offer "busy bags" with coloring books and other activities in the gym that your child may borrow.




Can I keep my children with me during the worship service?


Of course, families are always welcome to worship together. For your convenience, we have children’s "busy bags" located in the narthex, filled with coloring books and other activities, that your children are welcome to borrow during services. Bags should be returned afterward. If you have an infant, we also offer a cry room next to our main sanctuary that is a quiet, comfortable place to soothe your baby while still getting to enjoy the service.




Will you be having a communion service the day I visit?


Yes! As Disciples we offer communion every week and everyone is welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper with us.




Will I need a Bible?


You do not have to bring a Bible. We project the words of the scripture text on the screen while it is read aloud. It’s never a bad idea to bring your personal Bible to highlight and make yourself some notes.




Is your sanctuary accessible?



Yes, our building is on one level, and the restrooms off the Sanctuary are accessible to people with disabilities.





 
 

THE REFUGE SERVICES - 9:00 & 11:00

What are your services like?


The north side of the building is home to our newest service. Arrive a few minutes early to make yourself the perfect cup of fair trade coffee or hot herbal tea. The 55 minute service, is led by a full band and uses technology, video media, stage lighting, and popular current worship music to create a comfortable space for worshiping and learning together. Sermons are typically 15-20 minutes long and formatted in a way that is easy to remember and easy to share with others. Our goal is to help you connect and grow! Children my stay with their family throughout the service or attend Children's Church, which is offered concurrent to The Refuge for children Pre-K through 5th grade. A nursery with trained staff is available for children birth-3 years old.




Will you single me out as a visitor or make me stand up?



We will gladly welcome you as you come through the door and give you directions if you need them, but we will not single you out during the service.




Where do I park?



Plenty of parking is available on the east side of the building. Overflow parking is also available in the Sunflower Diversified Services parking lot next to our facility should you need it.




What entrance do I use?


The closest entrance to The Refuge is on the east side of the building. You will see a large sign labeled "The Refuge" with an arrow directing you to the most convenient entrance for the 11:00 service.




When do I need to arrive?



Our service starts at 11:00 a.m. Come early to take advantage of our free coffee bar. Sunday school classes are available at 9:00 am for all ages, and again at 10:00 for children pre/k – 5th grades for those looking to dive into scripture and grow in their faith on a deeper level. This is also a great way to meet other church members and connect as a church body.




What do I do with my infant or toddler during the worship service?



A nursery with highly trained and background checked staff members is available for children birth-3 years old. We also have a rocking chair at the back of the auditorium for your convenience.




Do you have something for young children during church?


Arrive a few minutes early to get your children set up with our secure children's church check-in and drop them off at Children's Church, an hour-long service designed for ages Pre-K through 5th grade. If your child wishes to stay with you, we welcome children in the service and offer "busy bags" with coloring books and other activities that your child may borrow."




Can I keep my children with me during the worship service?


Of course, families are always welcome to worship together. For your convenience, we have children’s "busy bags" located in the gym for your children to have something to do during the service. Simply return your bag after the service.




Will you be having a communion service the day I visit?


Yes! As Disciples we offer communion at every service, and everyone is welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper with us. You do not have to be a member of this church to partake in communion.




Will I need a Bible?


You do not have to bring a Bible. We project the words of the scripture text on the screen while it is read aloud. It’s never a bad idea to bring your personal Bible to highlight and make yourself some notes, or you can follow along on your favorite reading device if you prefer electronic media.




Is your sanctuary accessible?



Yes, our building is on one level, and all of our restrooms are accessible to people with disabilities. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like a private tour or have any questions about the easiest ways to access and utilize our facility.





First Christian Church 

5230 Broadway
Great Bend, Kansas 67530

(620) 793-6603

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