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what to expect on your first visit, & what's available for kids
Let’s face it: first dates can be awkward.
Here’s what you can expect the first time we meet at a Woodstock Assembly of God service.
We begin at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning. Some people come early and spend time praying in the main meeting room (we call it the Sanctuary).
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
The first Sunday of the month is a little different than the rest. Those mornings, we gather in the church Gym at 9 a.m. for informal continental breakfast. At 10 a.m., everyone moves into the Sanctuary except babies (0-3), who can go to the Nursery. Our service is family-centered and you'll all stay together in the service. We’ll start with some music, then some announcements, often a fun activity, and then the pastor will teach on a topic from the Bible that, hopefully, will get your family talking afterward.
THE OTHER SUNDAYS
We'll start at 10 a.m.
Come a few early if you can to register your child(ren) for their class(es). Each child will receive a nametag and you will receive a parent tag with a matching code. After check-in, babies and toddlers can go straight to the Nursery. Preschoolers through 5th graders will join you in the service until they are dismissed after a song or two. Everyone else stays in the main service for more music and a Biblical message that will help you grow closer to God.
There is also a Family Room where nursing mothers and parents who want to keep their infants and toddlers with them can watch the service in a comfortable environment.
We usually end around 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:45 p.m. are all about learning and growing in your knowledge of the Bible. There are options for kids and adults to help you grow deeper in your understanding of God and the Bible. We take breaks over the holidays and in the summer, so check the calendar or call the church office at 815-338-1316 to be sure classes are in session and to find out about adult class topics.
What can I expect?
TELL ME ABOUT THE MUSIC.
We hope you feel God here whether you know the songs or not. Our team (and sometimes just one person) will lead some songs with the words on a screen so you can follow along. You can sit or stand, sing or hum or listen. Sometimes we will be invited to make up our own songs in worship to God while the leader plays music, and other times it will be quiet so we can listen for God to speak to us.
Music directs our focus and prepares us to hear the message God has for us from the speaker.
We often end the service with a time of reflection and more music.
TELL ME ABOUT THE DRESS CODE.
We’re relaxed and we hope you will feel that way too, no matter what you wear. Some people like to dress up, but most wear business casual or casual, like jeans or even shorts when the weather is warm.
WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
We care about your whole family, so we have prepared engaging classes for kids (infants through 5th grade). Your kids will be cared for in a fun learning environment with Biblical teaching and activities appropriate for their age level, so you can focus on growing in your knowledge of God in the main service. At best, your kids are with us 50 hours a year, but they’re with you about 3,000 hours a year, so we want to enable you to be the best spiritual leader you can be.
Many of our teachers have teaching or childcare experience outside the church, and all have been through background checks. Your kids are safe with us!