Following is helpful info for worshipping at Seven Rivers Villages Church. We can't wait to meet you!
Yes! We will provide childcare and teaching for children ages 5 and under. To check your child or children into childcare, enter through the main doors, where you will find friendly people to guide you and your children to our children’s area. Our children’s ministry staff has years of experience and want your children to have a wonderful experience with us and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Because we are a church plant and do not yet have our own facility, we do not have space for older kids to have their own program. We do, however, want them to be engaged and to thrive on Sunday mornings, so as they come in each week, we will provide a bag with age-appropriate activities to help them participate in the morning worship.
Our meeting facility has limited paved parking around the left side of the building, but the large grassy field to the left provides parking for larger group meetings. We will have signs and parking attendants to help you know where to park.
Because the Wildwood Community Center is adjacent to but not within The Villages, it is not golf cart accessible.
No, not at this time. Because we are a church plant, we have limited time and space on a Sunday morning, so our emphasis on Sunday mornings is worship. We do plan to have weekly small group meetings and Bible studies in addition to our scheduled Sunday gatherings.
Do you need one? We were thinking tattoos, but that might be a little much. People with leadership or service roles in the church may have name tags, so that you can identify them if you need help. Otherwise, we do not plan to have name tags and are back to that tried-and-true tool for remembering other people’s names: shame.
We understand that everyone has strong and deeply felt reasons to wear or not to wear masks. Our approach to wearing masks is one that we call “wisdom with charity”. Some people have chosen not to wear masks because of personal difficulties. They may face physical issues, emotional issues, breathing issues, skin issues, or hearing issues, that make wearing masks more difficult for them than for other persons in the population at large. Others wear masks because they want to be safe and to keep others safe, so as a church we allow freedom for people to wear or not to wear a mask if they choose. The only exception will be if the state government mandates the wearing of masks in public assemblies.
Does Florida have a dress code? If so, I have not gotten that memo, and probably, neither have you. We suggest something culturally appropriate. Florida is hot! People who worship with us will dress in a variety of ways, from resort wear, golf shirts and shorts to business casual, or blue jeans and a T shirt. A few may even feel comfortable in a coat and tie. Wear what you find comfortable.
We love a variety of styles of Christian worship music from all eras, recognize the impact that worship has on the life of a congregation, and, as a result, seek in our worship to incorporate the best music and the most worshipful lyrics from every era of worship music. We plan to incorporate both traditional Christian hymns and modern worship music into our morning worship times.
Yes, oh, yes. There had better be.
Well, we hope that YOU will, for starters, but if you are asking about whether we are a church for retirees, young families, young professionals, 20 somethings, minorities, immigrants, rich or poor, conservatives or liberals, or whatever other labels there may be, then the answer is: we are a church focused on Jesus who loves people, no matter the cultural label. We want to be a church where you, no matter who you are, can come and encounter the life-changing grace of God in Jesus Christ. So, who will be there? A bunch of people who need Jesus, whether they know it or not, and are growing in their relationship with him and each other.
Well, the atmosphere is made up mainly of oxygen and nitrogen, and it supports life. But the atmosphere at the church is shaped by both the grace and truth in Jesus. His grace means that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. His truth means that we take him incredibly seriously. His grace and truth together mean that we worship and follow him passionately. When it comes to the atmosphere of our church community, we want to be a relational, friendly church who embraces whoever Jesus brings into our midst.
Our Sunday morning worship times will focus each week on a theme. Our music, prayers, and lesson will help us to understand and respond to that theme. The morning’s lesson, which will last about 30 minutes, will explain the Bible in such a way that you encounter Jesus in his great love and understand how his work for you and call upon you enable you to live a new life of peace, love, and service in the world.
If you do, then we can provide one for you. You can bring it each week, if you like. That way, you will be able to make some helpful notes in the margins to remember for later. If you don’t bring one with you, that’s okay. We will display the Bible passage for that week on the screens at the front of the room.