centralcocgtown.org

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home What To Expect

What to Expect

E-mail Print PDF

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT

We want to invite you to visit our worship services. We understand you might feel a little uneasy about         
visiting with an unfamiliar congregation. To help set you at ease, we would like to explain what you can
expect when you visit us.

COURTESY AND KINDNESS
All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35, Galatians 3:28). We show no favoritism
or prejudice (James 2:1-13).

ORDER AND REVERENCE
You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at
each service (I Corinthians 14:33, 40). You will find no tendency toward entertainment with beautiful organ
or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will sing together with psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs (Colossians 3:16). Songbooks are available to everyone and the song selection will be announced
before each song.

Several times during the service, you will observe one of the men leading the congregation reverently and
orderly in prayer (I Timothy 2:1-5). We pray not only to praise and thank God, but also to ask for our needs
and the needs of others. Like the church of the New Testament, we partake of the Lord’s Supper each first
day of the week (Acts 20:7). The supper consists of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine as memorials of
the body and blood of Jesus (I Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 26:26-29).

You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the first day of every
week (I Corinthians 16:1-2). This congregation is supported financially by the voluntary contributions of its
own members. We do NOT ask nor expect non-members to support our work, nor do we engage in fund-
raising activities. The Bible does not authorize such.

THE BIBLE-OUR GUIDE

You will observe that the Bible is the authority to which reference is repeatedly made in our sermons and
classes. You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the
Bible for yourself to see “whether these things are so” (Acts 17:11). The Bible is our only guide and source
of authority for everything we do. We strive to do nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else than what the
Bible says.