We get it – visiting someplace for the first time can be intimidating. And if you’ve never been to church before, or if you’ve been away for a while, we know you may have some ideas about what, exactly, it means to go to church, and you may not be sure how you feel about that. With that in mind, there are a few things we want you to know about The Belief Experiment if you’re coming for the first time:
1. We meet in a bar.
Don’t worry; that doesn’t mean you’ll be taking Communion out of a shot glass. What it does mean, though, is that we’re not expecting you to wear a dress or a suit and tie – you’re welcome to if you’d like, but if you come in wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops that’s fine with us. We’re far more interested in you being there in the first place than what you’re wearing when you get there.
2. Your kids are safe with us.
During our services, infants and children up to age 5 are invited to join our Children’s Ministry Team on the bottom floor of the building for age-specific worship and activities (our Greeting Team will point you in the right direction when you arrive). Our professional nursery staff and volunteer Children’s Ministry Team members are all required to undergo training in Safe Sanctuaries (child protection) policies and procedures as well as complete a state and national background check on an annual basis. When you check your child(ren) in, you’ll receive a secure nametag and receipt to verify your identity when you pick them up, and we’ll get your cell phone number just in case they need you during the service.
3. We’re not expecting you to give.
We want to say up front that, if you’re visiting us for the first time, the service is our gift to you. During the service we will say a blessing over the offering, but we won’t pass the plate, and we don’t want you to feel any pressure to give us anything more than the time you’re already giving.
4. We want to get to know you.
On Sunday mornings, we serve a continental breakfast before the service, and we invite you to show up a little early to grab a croissant, a cup of coffee, and get to know others in the church. Even if you’re an introvert and would prefer to arrive right at the start of the service and leave as soon as it’s over, we’d love to invite you to check out one of our small group options during the week.