What to Expect
We know that it isn't always easy visiting a new church for the first time, and we would like to make the experience of visiting Prairie Hill as enjoyable as we can. Here is some information that may be helpful to you:
Come dressed in what you feel is comfortable. You will find us dressed in anything from jeans to office casual to suits.
When You Walk in the Doors
First of all, when you arrive, there are two sets of doors as you come from the parking lot. The doors to the left take you directly into the reception area outside of the Sanctuary. There is a "Welcome Center" to the right where attendants would be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you come in the doors closest to the high school, you will come into the Fellowship Hall. You will walk to the left to go to the sanctuary.
The Worship Service
As you enter the Sanctuary, you will be given a copy of this week's bulletin. You may fill out the bulletin flap at this time. The worship service usually begins with music. The words to the music are displayed on large-screen monitors at the front of the room. Each Sunday someone will offer a prayer, and a musical selection will be played. At some point "offering plates" will be passed down the rows. Monetary offerings are for those who call Prairie Hill their church home. You are our guest. Please do not feel obligated to participate.
A notice on the monitors will let you know when it is time for the children to go out for Children's Church and 345s. Pastor Jerry then speaks, explaining a passage from the Bible and making application to our own lives.
Communion, or "The Lord's Supper," is a Christian celebration of Jesus' sacrificial death for us. Jesus tells us in scripture to do this to remember what he did for us. It serves as a visual and physical reminder that he died for our sins. The bread that is passed and eaten represents Christ's body, which was nailed to the cross for our sins. The small cups of grape juice represent Christ's blood which was shed to pay the punishment for our sin. (We use gluten free "bread.")
Communion is served the first Sunday of every month. You do not need to be a member of our church to take communion. All who trust in Jesus as their savior are welcome to partake with us. At Prairie Hill, the bread and cup of juice are passed to the people where they sit. If you choose not to participate, simply pass these on down the row. If you would like to know more, we would love to talk with you! You may fill out a response request by clicking here, call us at (952) 937-9593, or talk to Pastor Jerry or an Elder when you visit.
Children of all ages are welcome to stay with their parents during the worship service, but we also offer childcare and children's programs. We have an infant room and a toddler room for children ages 0 to 3 years old. Before the service begins or anytime afterward, you may leave your children with our caring and qualified attendants and pick them up after the Worship Service. You may also leave your children with us during the Treasure Seekers and Adult Bible Fellowship hour that starts at 9:00 am. A welcome booth attendant can help you find these rooms.
Children age four and up join their families in the Worship Service for the first part of the service which features music and worship. Just prior to the message portion of the service, children age four through 2rd grade are dismissed to go to Children's Church and 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are dismissed for 345s. Teachers meet children in the reception area and escort them to the classroom. You are also welcome to accompany your children if they are shy or anxious about leaving. Children can be picked up by parents/guardians upstairs in Room 207 following the service. Children have their own program called "Treasure Seekers" during the 9:00 am hour, while elective topics are offered to adults.
Pastor Jerry's Sermon
Though our pastor has his doctorate in Ministry, he prefers to simply be called Pastor Jerry. As he speaks, he often notes the unique cultural context of the time and place that a passage of scripture was written, and the original meaning of the Greek and Hebrew words that have been translated into English to make up our Bibles. His messages are interesting and relevant to daily life.
Our worship team is led by John Roers. The team combines traditional hymns with newer, upbeat worship music. You will hear drums, guitars, keyboards, wind instruments, stringed instruments, and vocalists who lead us as we sing praise to God. The worship music has a different "flavor" each week.
To Sum it Up
Our visitors tell us they felt welcomed and comfortable when they visited Prairie Hill. We hope you'll stop by this Sunday. If you do, please say hi to Pastor Jerry after the service. He and his wife, Rebecca, stand in the reception area following the service. We look forward to welcoming you to Prairie Hill.
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