Attending a new church on a Sunday morning can be an intimidating experience. Here's some of what you can expect when you arrive at One Chapel on Sunday for service:
MEETING AT MONTEREY OAKS
Although we gather together each Sunday in a commercial office building at Monterey Oaks, we try to make it feel warm and inviting, like we're having you over in our living room instead of a concert or show. You can just follow the signs or head toward the worship music. Lots of people will be available to answer your questions at the door or at Guest Central and help you find your way.
Plenty of parking is available in the parking lot at Monterey Oaks. After you've parked, enter the building at the East or West entrance by the large ONEchapel signs.
You'll notice we ask everyone to wear a name tag. Yes, we risk looking like a business convention, but we think the name tags help people with introductions and connections. At the end of the day, it's just kind of fun and keeps everyone friendly.
Our kids are worth investing in and that's why we've created a high-energy worship experience in a safe and clean environment led by trained team members. 'Kids for the One' signs will direct you through the hallway where you will find our children's check-in stations. Our helpful team members will assist you as you relay some brief information about your kids and answer any questions you may have. Kids and parents will be directed to one of three classes where more team members will receive your little bundles of energy to lead them in active worship and exciting Bible stories while you attend the service.
Here's how we group our kids' classes:
BIGS Elementary - 1st through 5th grade
LITTLES Preschool - 3 yrs old through 5 yrs
TINYS Nursery - babies through 2 yrs
We believe that worship is the core of who we are at One Chapel. Being reminded that God is present among us is the focus of our time spent together. So, you'll hear vibrant, modern music and be invited to sing along about Jesus and His love and redemption (don't worry, we didn't know the songs the first time through either). We're a community that values the practices of ancient believers as well, so we include some liturgical elements, such as, Holy Communion, the Nicene Creed and corporate prayers. We want our worship to be rooted in history while leaving room for the mystery of the Holy Spirit among us.
The Bible is the story of God's interaction with humanity and our primary source for learning about our relationship with Him. We think church should be a place where the Bible is explained simply and easily for all kinds of people to get answers to real life problems. All the big cookies are on the bottom shelf, so we try to make the Scriptures accessible to everyone. You'll hear teaching that is verse by verse through books of the Bible as well as topical studies to help us be the people God wants us to be. Our commitment is to be spiritually vibrant and yet intellectually honest in our interpretation of Scripture.
We're pretty relaxed around here. We want One Chapel to be a place where people feel like they can be themselves and encounter God's life for them. For some, that will mean putting on their Sunday best. For others, that will be shorts and flip-flops. Whatever you wear, you'll find people laughing and talking and genuinely sharing life together. We simply want you to be comfortable and know that we believe that all ground is level at the foot of the cross of Jesus.
We encourage every person to fill out our Connection Card to share prayer requests, give updated personal information, or simply communicate something to the church office. You can turn in your card at the end of the service when we give our tithes and offerings.
If you're a first-time guest, we invite you to fill out the Connection Card as well. We simply want to send you an email or letter that says thank you for coming.
We look forward to meeting you. And if you need answers to any other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you Sunday!