When You Visit...
Get a quick glimpse of what a Sunday morning is like.
We would love to have you visit with us at Eastland. We hope you will feel comfortable and encouraged by worshipping and studying with us.
For your convenience, we have designated some guest parking spaces close to the main entrance. When you come in, greeters will happily help you and your family find somewhere to sit or direct you to Bible classes.
The Lord has directed Christians to regularly assemble (Hebrews 10:24-25) and, at Eastland, our chance to worship together is one of our favorite parts of the week! Our worship consists of the examples God has revealed in the New Testament./p>
In worship, we...
- Pray Together: We pray for each other and express our gratitude to God for His care. (Acts 2:42, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Sing Together: Our congregational singing is enthusiastic and full of praise for God and exhortation to encourage one another. All of us participate together in simply singing (without instrumental accompaniment) because this is according to the New Testament instruction seen in Ephesians 5:19 & Colossians 3:16. It is interesting to note that the term "a cappella" (which we still use today) is Latin for "as the church" because, for centuries, Christians never used instrumental accompaniment. Only in relatively recent generations has the addition of instruments become prevalent in churches.
- Take the Lord's Supper: This is a central reason why we assemble on the first day of the week. We have communion every Sunday as the New Testament teaches. To help prepare our minds to partake, someone will talk about an aspect of the importance of Jesus death on the cross. Afterwards, we pray, eat unleavened bread (representing Jesus' body), and drink fruit of the vine (representing His blood) in remembrance of Him. (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- Hear Bible Preaching: Our evangelist presents simple and understandable studies from God's Word to exhort, rebuke, and build faith (Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7).
- Give of Our Means: This is an opportunity members to donate for the needs of our church. Only the members are expected to give each Sunday, the Lord's day, to carry out the scriptural work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7.) We do not seek any contribution from our guests.
We're glad that you're considering worshiping with us! You will be a welcomed guest when you come, and we look forward to our time together!
And… in case you are wondering, here are answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions:
How big is your church?
On a given Sunday, we may have 200 or more in attendance. We hope that this number who gather to worship God together will continue to grow.
Should I dress up for church?
That's your decision. The Bible tells us not to judge anyone—whether they're dressed up or dressed down—based on their clothing. (See James 2:1-4.)
Do you have "kid's church"?
We do have age-appropriate Bible classes, but when we worship - everyone worships together! It's important for everyone—including the kids—to know they are important to Jesus. Part of the way we teach that to our kids is by including them in worship with the adults. It is good for them to learn how to participate in worship. Our evangelist often produces fill-in-the-blank sheets along with his sermons to help adults and kids follow along and understand God's Word.
Who is your pastor?
We have more than one pastor, actually. This may sound a little different from what you may be used to, but when the Bible uses the word "pastor" it's talking about the elders (also called shepherds, bishops, or overseers) of the church (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 20:17 with 20:28.) Take a look at our leadership page for more information about who is currently serving as our pastors/elders. However, you may have been wondering who will likely be speaking when you visit. The man who usually preaches the sermon is our evangelist (Ephesians 4:11, 2 Timothy 4:1-5.)
We hope this answers your questions. If not, feel free to contact us directly with other questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you soon!