Visiting a new place isn’t always easy. So here are a few things you can expect when you join us that we hope makes your time here more relaxing. You are not going to stand out or be singled out. In fact you will probably find a lot of people here just like you. Everyone is welcome at Sweetwater!
What to expect?
The first thing you will notice when you walk in on a Sunday morning is greeters who will meet you at the door and can point you in the right direction. We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have. Kids are a vital part of ministry at Sweetwater. During our services, we have engaging ministry for your kids of all ages, baby to 6th grade, where they will meet Jesus and receive exciting Biblical teaching. As you enter the sanctuary you are free to sit wherever you like. Our services begin with a dynamic time of singing praise and worship. Following this time of worship, we share announcements about our upcoming Sweetwater events, and then we present an opportunity for the congregation to give their tithes and offerings. Next, our pastor brings an inspiring and relevant message from the Bible. It’s usually about half an hour in length. Our main goal is to engage each person in the Word that God has specifically for us that day and then to apply it to our everyday living. It is really quite simple–we are people who have experienced God’s life-changing extravagant forgiveness and love, therefore, we passionately desire everyone to experience the same!
What to wear?
At Sweetwater, you will notice that many like to come casual and some enjoy dressing up for church. We have it all—so come as you are! Our desire is that you find a warm, welcoming atmosphere when you walk into Sweetwater. It's not important what you wear; but that you are comfortable in what you wear allowing you to focus on all God has for you.
When to arrive?
Our service begins at 10:00am, but we will have the coffee on for you, so come enjoy as early as you’d like! Or, you are welcome to join us for prayer at 9:00am.
Who is expected to give in the offering?
Not you! We have offering time for our Sweetwater family to give their tithes and other offerings.
Why do you praise God audibly?
For the same reason we cheer at a sports game, but with far more reason! We are excited about being on God’s team and want everyone to know it, especially Him!
“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” Psalms 34:1 New International Version (NIV)
Why do you stand when you sing?
We sing to show our love for God and we stand to show our respect and sincerity in that love. We stand for a great performance on Broadway, so who is more deserving of a standing ovation than the Creator of the universe? But of course, you are welcome to sit!
“Then some Levites… and Korhites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel with a very loud voice.” Chronicles 20:19 (NIV)
Why do you lift your hands?
The first thing a child does is raise up his or her arms to be held close by the one who loves him or her. There is nothing more special than to be encircled by the loving arms of God.
“I will praise you as long as I believe, and in your name I will lift my hands.” Psalms 63:4 (NIV)
Why do you sing?
Every person is unique, but the one thing we all have in common is a God who loves us and who gave us each other, as well as Himself. We sing to express our joy and appreciation. We sing together because He made us to be together, His own family.
“…be filled with the spirit; speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Why does the whole church pray for specific needs?
God created us to be a family, to rejoice with one another in times of joy and to support and encourage one another in times of hardship and need. Our Heavenly Father listens to our prayer and meets our needs, and nothing pleases Him more than to hear us selflessly care and pray for one another.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer…” Romans 12:10,12 (NASB)
Why do you serve communion?
This is a time for all Christians to follow the words of Jesus when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” It is a time to pause and remember the sacrifice Jesus made by dying for our sins. We believe that the bread represents the body and the juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ. Communion is open to anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. You do not have to be a member of our church to participate.
Why do you anoint with oil and pray for the sick?
We know God answers prayers and honors obedience. Because of this, we faithfully follow His instructions (written in the Bible) of what to do in every circumstance.
“Is any of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, and the Lord will raise him up.” James 5:14 (NIV)