Here's what you can expect at WCC:
Come as you are. Feel free to dress down or dress up. Be yourself!
A relaxed atmosphere
There are no "stand up-sit down" type rules. Just make yourself at home in God's presence as we worship Him together. If you need to bring a pillow or special chair, please feel free to do so.
Kids up to age 12 have the option of going to Kids' Church for a Bible lesson and craft, or staying in the adult service and taking notes with our "My Sermon Notes" worksheet designed just for kids! We offer a prize for kids who complete this worksheet.
We have two types of nurseries: a traditional nursery for babies 0-3 years of age, and an "open nursery" in the sanctuary--an area off to the side that allows nursing moms and quiet little ones to be part of the worship service.
That's a fancy word for "we want to get to know you!" Try to arrive one hour early each Sunday for free coffee, bagels, muffins, fresh fruit and donuts in our "café." Wednesday evening Bible study offers plenty of time for group interaction as well. We have lunch together most Sundays! (Check the lunch schedule on the home page.) We encourage everyone to stay after the service and join us for lunch. We strongly believe a church is built on relationships and we will do everything we can to foster those opportunities.
Freedom of expression in worship
God is alive and well, and we are excited about that! We show it in the raising and clapping of hands, and in our contemporary style of music, which includes modern choruses as well as lyrically-rich hymns. At times we may even dance, or lift our voices and offer spontaneous prayers from the congregation. We want our worship to be sincere and God-honoring while being relevant enough to draw others toward (not away from) Jesus.
We also welcome and encourage the "Gifts of the Spirit" as described in I Corinthians 14, Acts 2, Joel 2 (for example). We believe God's voice is not limited to the person in the pulpit, but that He desires to speak through every believer. Therefore you may hear individuals in the congregation offer spontaneous words of "exhortation" (encouragement), prayers, scriptures, or prophetic utterances. This may seem strange, especially when messages are spoken in the first person, as if by God Himself (which happens on rare occasion, depending on the denomination/background/style of the person speaking). We encourage an openness to the "things of the Spirit" and study of the Scriptures to verify that these practices were indeed a part of the early church.