What to Expect
When You Arrive
If you don't know where to start, head toward the main multipurpose building. A greeter in the main lobby will be able to point you in the right direction. If you have kids, feel free to head over to the Genesis Kids building where one of our friendly teachers or support volunteers will help find the right class for your kids. See the Genesis Kids page for more information.
If you arrive for our Bible Class hour at 9:30 am, you'll have the opportunity to choose among a variety of adult Bible Classes. See a list of the classes in the main lobby and ask one of the greeters to point you in the right direction to the appropriate classroom. See the Bible Classes page for a list of current classes.
If you arrive early for our morning worship service on Sunday morning, you will notice a group of people near one of the buildings, standing around with coffee in hand or sitting down at one of the picnic tables. The people will probably be dressed in business-casual attire, though you will see everything from formal to casual dress. That's really not the important part of Sunday morning. If you would like, you are welcome to help yourself to coffee and a donut. At 10:15 am, we have Fellowship Café, an opportunity for our church family to catch up with one another and to hear about the week. When you are ready, head over to the multipurpose building by 10:45 am for our morning worship service. Just so you have an idea, the building currently seats about 250 people.
We will start with one or two congregational songs led by several musicians at the front. We sing from a wide variety of theologically rich songs that are both old and new. If you are not familiar with any of the songs we sing, don't worry about it. Sing as you are able, enjoy the sounds of the voices and instruments, and rejoice in the the truths being sung. For more information about our approach to church music, see the Music page. For a Spotify playlist that has a number of the songs we use during our Sunday Services, see the Spotify Playlist page.
Body of the Service
The songs will be followed by a series of prayers, announcements, and Bible readings. When it is time for the congregation to stand and read a verse aloud or sing a song, we will let you know. After this, we will sing several more songs followed by a time for the church to get up and greet one another. That may not be something you're used to, but we think is important for our church family. We don't want anyone falling through the cracks. After the singing, we will take a collection to support the ministry of the church and our missionaries; you are not obligated to contribute! That is the responsibility of the members of the church. When we have Baptism and Communion Sundays, we will observe these ordinances during this part of the service.
After the body of the service, one of our pastors will deliver a message from the Bible. Usually, the message will be expositional, meaning that the main point of the Bible passage will be the main point of the message. Special care will be given to understanding what the original author intended to communicate in any given Bible passage, looking carefully at grammar, history, and other relevant sections of the Bible. One of the benefits of this kind of teaching is that it trains Christians how to read and study the Bible for themselves. Our messages are geared primarily for Christians and are designed to remind them who God is, what God has done, and how they are to respond to Him in faith, love, obedience, and delight. Those who are not Christians are also welcome to attend; our messages will provide a summary of what it means to be a Christian in case you may not have heard it before. See the Sermons page to listen to a recent sermon.
After the Sermon
After a final prayer or song, the service will be over, usually by 12:15 pm. We would love for the opportunity to get to know you at a meal after church or at one of our small groups that meet throughout the week all over the southeast Phoenix metro area. Don't be a stranger. We would love to get to know you, whoever you are and whatever your story.