What does service look like?
Everyone is welcome at our services. You certainly don’t have to consider yourself a Christian or know anything about God or the Bible to attend. And we understand that as friendly as most churches hope to be, it can be a little frightening to visit for the first time. We want to make your visit as smooth as possible, and let you know what to expect when you come. The whole thing lasts about 90 minutes. We won’t mind if you are a little late or need to make a quick exit.
Announcements. We begin service with some quick announcements.
Offering & Worship. One of the marks of followers of Jesus is their generosity. We provide an opportunity to express love and devotion to God through giving of financial resources. Of course, guests should feel no obligation to give, but are welcome to participate.
This is followed by about 30 minutes of simple, powerful, and intimate worship of God in song led by musicians accompanied by an acoustic guitar or keyboard. Some people may physically express their praise through singing, raised hands, clapping, and even a shout, others are still and quiet, some remain seated just listening or contemplating, or some may even kneel. There is no pressure on you either way.
Practical Message. Each week a member of our pastoral speaking team will give a 30-40 minute message. No shouting, stomping, or spitting, just an honest look at scripture delivered in a conversational style. We cover meaningful and relevant topics, offer practical insights, and are punctuated with personal stories.
Communion. Every week we take communion together as a family at RHVC. We serve an open communion for any Jesus follower to participate in. If you are visiting feel free to take part in this worshipful part of our service.
Prayer. The service ends with an opportunity for anyone who wants to receive personal, life-changing prayer from our prayer team. These folks have been trained to pray with sensitivity and confidentiality. If you want prayer, you’ll be invited to the sides of the auditorium where you will meet the team. Otherwise, you will be dismissed to pick up your kids, grab another cup of coffee, meet some new people, visit the Info Center at the back of the auditorium (where you can pick up our free gift), or head home.
What do I wear?
One of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone is dressed comfortably, most often quite casually. You can grab a free cup of coffee or tea, or head straight into the auditorium for the service. There will be friendly people around to show you where to go, and we have lots of informative, readable signage throughout the building.