If you are thinking about joining us on a Sunday morning but aren’t sure what to expect, we hope the following answers some of your questions.
Do I need to dress up?
No! The days of hats and white gloves are long gone. Come as you are – you are accepted by God and by the people of St. Matthew just as you are.
Will I need to talk?
Greeters at the door and the people around you will say “Hello” or “Good morning, welcome” but you won’t have to introduce yourself to the whole group. And we won’t point you out.
Will I know what to do?
At St. Matthew we worship following a set order – a liturgy. All are invited to participate by singing and praying together. Our service outline is written up in a bulletin (also displayed on our new TV monitors), with the page number of the hymns (songs) we sing printed, so they are easy to find. Sometimes Lutherans stand up, to pray or when the Gospel is read – and we tell you those times in the bulletin.
Do you have a children’s nursery?
At. St. Matthew people of all ages worship together. We do have a children’s sermon, just for the kids – but most adults like it too. We have a kid’s bulletin, coloring pages and crayons to keep little ones busy and even some stuffed animals in the front pew waiting to make new friends.
Do I have to give money?
At St. Matthew, as part of worship, we do have an offering time in the service, when we return to God what He has first given us However, as a visitor you do not need to make an offering.
Will someone call or visit me after?
No, unless you’d like a call or visit. We understand that sometimes it takes a few visits to feel comfortable. We’d love to have you participate in the life at St. Matthew but when and how much is up to you.