I’m new to Celebration! What can I expect?
First off, we’re glad you’re thinking about visiting Celebration! Visiting a new church can be a little daunting if you don’t know what to expect, so hopefully we’ve answered your questions below. Don’t see an answer to your question about what to expect? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a Facebook message!
When and where is the worship service?
Whatever makes you most comfortable! We have people who wear their Sunday best and others who wear hoodies, shorts, and flip flops.
What about wearing a mask?
At least 80% of the congregation was fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by June 2021. Taking this information and the most recent CDC guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated into account, Celebration’s Sunday worship is mask optional. We continue to provide masks in the lobby and hand sanitizer throughout the worship space. Please do not hesitate to make whatever masking decision is best for the health and safety of you and your household. We will be happy to see you mask on or off.
What is a typical worship service like?
Most Sundays we have contemporary music, passing of the peace, prayers, confession, communion (aka eucharist or the Lord’s Supper), offering, a Scripture reading, a sermon, and a blessing. On the first Sunday of most months, we collect a Noisy Offering for one of our ministry partners. We also have Workship Sundays where we become the sermon by serving the community in some way.
Who can take communion / eucharist / Lord’s Supper?
At Celebration we believe that this is God’s table and all are welcome. Jesus made no restrictions, and neither do we. Anyone who attends worship may take communion if they wish. They may also come up during communion to receive a blessing instead or remain seated if they prefer. All are good options.
What will my kids be doing?
There is a kids activity center at the back corner of the worship space with crayons, toys, and books to keep kids entertained, along with comfortable couches their adults. As we are resuming in person worship after being online only for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reimagining what kids’ worship and faith formation opportunities can look like. If you would like to be involved in the
Where the heck are the bathrooms?
Accessible restrooms are located on the first right past the lobby. You can also reach them through the hallway at the back of the worship space, turning after passing through the glass door. Restrooms are marked “Women” and “Men” as we lease the space from another organization, but please feel free to use whichever restroom you are most comfortable with.
How will I/we be treated as a LGBTQ+ individual/household?
Like any other individual/household at Celebration! We know well the harm and spiritual violence that LGBTQ+ individuals and households have experienced in some religious communities. Celebration has been intentional in our inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals and households as vital and beloved siblings every part of our life as church together. Diverse sexual/romantic orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions are parts of God’s vibrant creation, so please be encouraged to come as you are.
Is there coffee? Is the coffee good?
We are currently BYO food and beverages. We will be resuming service of coffee, lemonade, iced tea, and water beginning July 2021. The beverage station is located at the back of the worship space. The coffee is fair-trade as one of our values, and pretty darn good thanks to a coffee-to-water ratio passed down through generations of church ladies. In August we will be resuming food hospitality as well.
How can I get connected as a first-time visitor?
When you enter the worship space, you will see a QR code. Take a picture with your smart phone and it should take you to the Virtual Connect Card.
Where can I learn more about what Celebration believes?
Check out our About page to learn more what we believe as a community at Celebration and how that shows up in the ways we celebrate Christ, care for others, and serve the world. [Link to Serve heading]