If you are thinking about visiting with us or you've come once or a few times, you might be wondering how you can get to know the church a little better. Here are a few ways to do that.
Worship with us on Sunday mornings
Sunday morning is the central gathering of our church. It is where we worship and encounter God, hear the Word of God taught, pray, serve each other with our gifts, fellowship, and...drink coffee. We start our meetings at 10am, and they usually last until around 12pm. It's normal for lots of folks to stick around for the next hour or so talking or picnicking in the back yard.
Visit a small group
The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. God calls us to be connected to other Christians in growing relationships, which become a key vehicle for our growth in the Christian life. Small groups, which we call "home groups" because they meet in people's homes, are a vital piece of this puzzle. These groups provide a context for us to practice the "one-anothers" of the New Testament, including serving one another, loving one another, and bearing one another's burdens. These twice-per-month gatherings typically include a time for singing, discussion, prayer, and fellowship around some food. Go here to learn more about where and when they meet.
Many people in the church can answer questions you might have. If it's a Sunday morning, go to the Information Table in the lobby or ask an usher or any volunteer. You can call the office (919-362-4420) during the week. Our pastors (elders) are also eager to get to know you and help you in any way we can. Whether it is advice about a problem, a question about the church or our denomination, or simply to talk about what God is doing in your life, we would love a chance to talk with you. We meet with people in the office or about anywhere else that works for you.
Participate in other ministry activities
Sovereign Grace Church has a number of ministries you can get involved with. Some of these groups are dedicated to helping us grow (youth group, mens and women's meetings, Royal Rangers and Keepers for our boys and girls), and other ministries allow us to serve others. We even have a TaeKwondo ministry. Go here to learn about some of the different ministries we have.
Attend a New Members Class
If you've been coming for a little while and have a growing sense that this could be the church the Lord wants you to join, then maybe it's time to sign up for one of our new members classes. This eight-week class runs twice a year (September, February) and covers a lot of what we believe and practice. The goal of the class is not to pressure you into joining but to help you discern whether this is the church for you. We love questions about what we believe and do as a church, and the elders who teach the class love the chance to get to know you throughout the classes.
If you would like to join, membership requires attending the new members class and also that you have been baptized in water as a believer. During the membership interview with one of the pastors we'll ask some questions to help confirm that SGC is the right fit for you.