It can be a bit unnerving visiting a new church for the first time, but we want to make the experiences as easy as possible for you. We try to create a comfortable atmosphere at the Maryland Heights Church of Christ. Most people dress casually, although you'll see some in dresses or coats and ties. But no matter what they wear, people here are genuine with one another.
On Sunday mornings, we meet first in Bible study groups for all ages. One of our greeters will be glad to help you find a class you'd like. In class, you're free to make comments, ask questions, or just sit quietly and listen. We'll let you decide how involved you want to be.
After our Bible study classes, we gather in the auditorium for our worship service. It lasts about a hour and fifteen minutes. You'll probably see some things you recognize in other churches and some that are new to you. But most importantly, we hope our worship helps you draw closer to God. Don't worry if you don't know what to do. We'll explain what's about to happen and make it easy for guest and members to participate. Here's a few things that you'll see every Sunday morning.
We want our children to worship God on their own level, not suffer through an adult worship service. That's why we offer special programs for children through 5th grade. One of our greeters in the lobby will be glad to help you find the right program for your children.
We love to sing at the Maryland Heights Church of Christ and every time we get together, we spend time singing songs of encouragement and heart-felt worship. You might recognize some old favorites and hear some new songs as well. You'll probably discover pretty quickly that we don't have a piano, or band accompanying our singing. That may seem pretty unusual at first, but once you hear the voices of the whole assembly come together, you'll see why we love it so much. Actually, that's the way the Christian church sang for much of its history and we think its simple style helps focus on the powerful meaning of these songs.
We pray throughout our service, but probably the most meaningful time is when we talk to God about the pressing needs of people in our assembly. Members and guest are invited to write down prayer needs and if they wish, we'll share them with the congregation and pray together for all those needs. It's one of the most engaging moments in our worship and we'd be honored to pray for you or someone you love if you share your needs with us.
Each Sunday we all participate in the Lord's Supper. Jesus took bread and wine and told his followers to eat and drink it regularly to remember him. Each week, we invite all Christians to eat and drink with us as we pass around plates with small pieces of flat bread and cups of grape. The bread represents the crucified body of Jesus; the grape juice - his blood shed on the cross. In doing this we reflect on Jesus and are encouraged by those who share faith in him.
Each week we take up a contribution to help us carry out our mission to our church family, our community and the world. We never ask or expect our guests to give. All of our efforts are funded fully from the free-will offerings of our members. Your presence here is a big enough gift for us, so feel free to pass the plate on by when we take up the contribution.
Scott Cody is our preacher and each Sunday he shares a thirty minute lesson from the Bible. In each lesson Scott helps us apply the ancient teachings from Scripture to modern day life and you're sure to leave with some ideas to help make your week better.
We know it's a temptation to hurry out after the end of the worship service, but if you do you'll be missing one of the best things about the Church of Christ at Maryland Heights. We're always eager to meet new friends. Someone is sure to come up to you and introduce themselves. They might even show you the pictures of their children or a big buck they shot. But after a few minutes, you'll stop feeling like a visitor and discover the joy of belonging to a Christ-centered church.