|WHAT IS CHURCH LIKE? A Visitor's Guide
Do I have to believe in God/Jesus to come to church at Port townsend Adventist?
- The fact that you are here, on this page - right now - is evidence that God's Spirit is speaking to your heart and calling you to experience His love for you. We exist to accompany all people of many diverse backgrounds in thier journey of faith in Christ. John 6:37 says "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out." You are welcome here friend!
As a new person, will I have to do anything weird say anything, sign anything or be singled out?
- We love to warmly welcome each person upon arrival. You may be asked to sign the guest book, however that is ultimately up to you. Names of visitors are not read from the front. You will not be asked to speak. No one is forced to participate beyond what they are comfortable with. We do hope your experience in this house of worship is positive, filled with spiritual renewal and leaves you feeling welcomed back.
What do you believe?
- In short, Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything--the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us--is a part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.
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Is there a dress code? What should I wear to church?
What about my kids? Do my kids attend with me?
- We invite you to come just as you are. We want you to feel comfortable. You’ll see all styles of dress at Port Townsend Adventist: jeans and a t-shirt, casual shirt and slacks, and suit & tie or a nice dress. Port Townsend is a tourist destination and people are pleasantly surprised when they discover us while exploring our beautiful, port city. They come in, as they are, to join us in worship and fellowship.
- Its great for families to experience worship, prayer, praise and learning together. We have a Bible School class for children at 9:30 am each saturday morning during the adult, small group Bible study time before the worship service. The children's class is generally geared for ages 6 to 12 currently using the Grace Link Bible study materials. The worship service begins at 11 am. A story time for the children [and even for grown-ups, too] is integrated into the service and they participate in collecting the tithes and offerings, too.
I have older kids; where do they go?
- While our church does have extra rooms that would so welcome and accomodate a youth group, we regret to say we are currently praying for God to expand our children's ministries and bring us more families with youth. Older kids are welcome to join our children's leaders with the younger kids adding their unique insights and talents to Bible study and praise! Our adult study class welcomes seekers of all ages and values their perspectives in the study of God's word. During the worship service at 11 am, older kids are welcome to join everyone in the sanctuary for praise, prayer and experience the word of God from our pastor or guest speaker.
What is the worship experience like at Port Townsend Adventist? What happens during the worship time?
- Our services generally begin with a warm welcome and announcements to learn about upcoming events or opportunities to get involved in. We praise God through uplifting songs (both new ones and old ones). Time is made for those who desire to voice praises or prayer requests. A leader of the church will lift these requests up to God through prayer. You will hear a teaching from the Bible with relevant application to your daily life. Pastor Collette is with us the 2nd and 4th Saturday's each month. Guest speakers share the Word of God with us on weeks of her absence. The total worship service lasts about one hour to an hour and 20 minutes.
What should I bring?
Where do I park?
- It is nice to bring a Bible, pen and paper if you have them so you can take notes on the message presented making it easier to reflect on or share with someone else when the opportunity arises. Some people use their Bible app and take notes on their electronic device using the church WiFi. If you don't have your own copy of the Bible just ask and we will give you one to call your own, or if you simply forgot to bring your own we can loan you one while you're here with us.
The church is located on the SW corner of Benton and Jefferson streets. There is parking along the front and side of the church, though some park along Benton and Jefferson streets across from the church and even across the intersection from the church. This is reasonably common and part of the way of life throughout Port Townsend.
Where should I sit?
- Please feel free to sit anywhere you feel comfortable. :-) Nobody has dibs, claims or reservations on any seat in God's house.
Aside from Sabbath services on Saturday, what else do you have?
- Tuesday, day-time Bible study group at the Better Living Center
- Mid-week, evening Bible study group in various people's homes
- Volunteer oportunities in the Adventist Community Services Center
- Volunteer opportunities working with the Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School
- Come visit with us... we welcome your ideas :-)