WHAT TO EXPECT
At Church of the City we seek to integrate the best of historic Christianity with a contextualized and thoughtful approach to our faith today. Our gatherings consist of singing (both hymns and contemporary songs), the reading of scripture, receiving communion, expository preaching, and a time at the end of every gathering for response and ministry from the Holy Spirit. We view our gatherings as an essential part of our shared spiritual formation as we seek to live the Way of Jesus together.
FIRST TIME GUESTS
We gladly welcome new people to both of our Sunday services. If you are joining us this Sunday and you have any special needs or considerations which require you to contact us in advance please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a gift for our first time guests!
If you are a Christian or come from a faith-background, we have a short book written by senior pastor Jon Tyson, called “Becoming a Creative Minority," which further unpacks our vision for life in the city. If you are exploring faith for the first time, we have a free book for you entitled “Why I am A Christian” by John Stott, which makes a compelling case for why the Christian faith makes a life-giving difference in our world today.
We have children’s ministry at both our morning and evening services, for birth through 5th grade.
When entering the building, you will notice our City Kids check in booth. Our trained and background-certified team will assist you with helping your kids find their place. City Kids seeks to help our kids live in the way of Jesus, and values them as a vital part of our church community.
If you have any questions about our discipleship curriculum, food allergy concerns , or anything about our ministry at all please free to email our City Kids director Kristina Torrejon.
Our culture is teaching and forming all of us to worship something. "Worship" simply means to “declare or attribute worth to something.” In modern culture, we worship brands, success, sexuality, celebrity, technology and a host of other things.
Contemporary Missiologist Alan Hirsch writes, “Everyone has a god, in the sense that everyone puts something first in ones life: money, power, prestige, self, career, love and so forth. There must be something in your life that operates as your sources of meaning and strength, something that you regard, at least implicitly, as the supreme power of your life.”
Though these things are often good in themselves, if we make them the center of our heart and affections they will distort and disappoint us - they are inadequate to satisfy the core longings of the human heart.
Our vision for worship is to see God for who he actually is, and then respond with gratitude, wonder, thanksgiving and awe. We believe this vision and response will help to rightly order our hears, our mind, our loves, and our imagination, around God’s goodness and grace. We do this through the weaving of word and worship, creating space for reflection, celebration and praise, and by retelling the good news of the rescuing love of God expressed through Christ in our gatherings.
Rather than a focus on style or preference, we seek to utilize scripture, story, song and sacraments to form us into the kind of people God has called us to be.
We believe that the teaching of God’s word is to play a central role in our worship gatherings, through both the public reading of scripture, and the teaching of the word.
All of us are looking for wisdom and insight on how to navigate the complexities of our modern lives, and how to live in a way that humbly and faithfully honors God. Our preaching is designed to integrate biblical exegesis, cultural understanding, practical application and personal formation so that we learn to think, act, love and serve like Christ. We value the scriptures as the source and authority of our faith, and seek to understand and live them faithfully in our time and place.
RESPONSE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
At the end of every gathering we have a dedicated space for prayer, ministry and response to the Holy Spirit. This is a place where the gifts of the Spirit are welcomed and shared, to build up our people, help us further process the work God is doing in our hearts, and receive power to do what God has called us to. We have trained prayer counselors who are available to pray with you, or you can quietly reflect or worship while remaining in your seat. This normally lasts for about 30 minutes after the official close of each service.
CONNECTING AFTER SERVICE
If you are looking to get connected after the gathering, we have an information and connection table where you can connect with our community in many ways.
The best way to go further is to participate in a monthly "Intro to Church of the City" class, where you can ask questions about our church's vision, mission, and theology, and discover more about upcoming events and opportunities in the life of our community.