First Time Visitor FAQ's
Answers to questions often asked by first time visitors.
If you have questions about visiting Park Chapel, you are not alone. Here are some basic questions and answers to help you feel comfortable about your first visit:
Where do I go if I need assistance when I arrive?
Connecting Point is our information center. Volunteers are available before and after all of our services to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. You can find Connecting Point to the left in the main hallway when you enter the building through door 1. We also have a second Connecting Point in the Gathering Place if you enter through doors 5 or 6 (See Map).
What should I wear?
The atmosphere on Sunday is very relaxed. Feel free to wear whatever is comfortable for you. You will see people in both jeans and t-shirts as well as others in dresses and suits. There are all kinds of people at Park Chapel so no matter what you wear we are confident you can fit right in.
When should I arrive?
- Services are at 9:00 am and 10:45am on Sundays. We encourage you to allow yourself 20 minutes to park and get settled in for service.
- If you have kids who will attend our kids ministry, then plan on 10 extra minutes for check in on your first visit.
- You may also want to stop by our coffee area as well for a beverage before you find a seat. The coffee bar can be found in the main hallway between the worship center and the gym.
What a typical service looks like?
- Solid Ground is an intimate Bible teaching time with a blended style of worship that includes praise music as well as hymns. Solid Ground meets in the the Worship Center at 9:00am.
- The Crossing is culturally relevant, easy to follow even if you have never attended church. The music is contemporary. The Crossing meets in the Gym at 9:00am. Then again in the Gym and Worship Center at 10:45am.
- Communion: We offer communion every Sunday at all adult services. Communion is a time set aside in our services to remember the sacrifice Jesus made by dying on the cross for us.
- In the Crossing you get up and walk to communion tables, take a piece of bread, dip it in the cup of juice and eat it.
- In the Solid Ground the juice and bread are passed down the isles. You take a piece of bread and a cup of juice. You may eat the bread at your chosen time, but wait to drink the juice at the same time with the entire congregation.
- Participation in communion is optional in all services.
- Offering: We collect offering, by passing a basket, during all of our services as an act of worship and honor for all that God has done for us. Offerings are used to fund:
- ministry opportunities we offer at Park Chapel
- assistance we provide in our community
- missional efforts around the world to connect people to Jesus.
We don’t have a ‘greet your neighbor’ time in our services. We have found that this practice feels awkward for our first time guests so we have chosen not to do it. If this is your first time we encourage you to stop by Connecting Point to meet a few of our great volunteers.
Services (including singing, teaching and communion) last approximately 65 minutes.
- Solid Ground meets in the Worship Center at 9:00am.
- The Crossing meets in the Gym at 9:00am and in the Gym and Worship Center at 10:45am.
- Birth - Kindergarten will check in and then head to Kids Town.
- 1st - 6th graders will check in and then go to Transit.
Feel free to ask one of our friendly greeters for directions if you’d like.
Where does my birth - 1 year old go? What do they do?
Kids Town offers a nursery for your birth - 1 year old. The nursery wants you to be confident in your baby's comfort and safety. If your baby is under 3 months old they will be in a separate "nursing mothers" room where they will be held and cuddled. Babies 4 months through 1 year old will be in a room with toys and volunteers to play and cuddle with.
A few things you will want to know before you drop your baby off for the first time:
- You will be asked to sign your baby in with your signature, the baby's name and what service you plan to attend.
- Only the person/people who sign your baby in will be allowed to pick them up.
- We ask that you leave for your baby a diaper, a drink (with instructions if needed), and a pacifier if used.
- You will receive a pager to take with you that will be used to contact you in case you are needed.
Where does my 1 year old - kindergarten go? What do they do?
Kids Town is for 1 year olds through kindergarten. Each Sunday they will learn a Bible story, sing worship songs, and participate in activities related to the story.
It is our goal that by the time your kid heads to 1st grade they will know these three basic truths:
God made me
God loves me
Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Kids also bring home a Parent Cue which gives parents a glimpse of what their kid learned and ideas for how they can continue helping their kid apply what they learned at home. Kids Town has committed volunteers who want to give these kids a ﬁrst look at how much Jesus loves them.
Where does my 1st - 6th grader go? What do they do?
Transit is for 1st through 6th grade. Through large group Bible teaching and singing, and small group discussion and activities, kids learn three BIG truths: Faith, Wisdom & Friendship.
We want every kid leaving 6th grade to know that they can:
Trust God No Matter What
Make The Wise Choice
Treat Others The Way They Want To Be Treated.
Where does my 7th - 12th grader go? What do they do?
We encourage our 7th graders through high school graduates to connect and learn in our worship environments, The Crossing and Solid Ground. Another option are CrossTraining classes. Jr. High (7th & 8th grade) CrossTraining is offered Sunday mornings at 9am. High School CrossTraining is offered Sunday mornings at 10:45am.
Is there a Check In security system for my kids?
Yes, kids birth - 6th grade are asked to check in before they are dropped off at their classroom. Check In is located in the Gathering Place. See Map
In addition to our Check In system, Kids Ministry strives to create a safe environment. All kids ministry volunteers have completed and passed a full criminal background check, so you can feel safe letting your kids be part of the environment on Sundays.
Coffee Bar/The Meeting Place:
We have a complimentary coffee bar serving coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Feel free to have a cup on us. The Meeting Place, across from the coffee bar, is a great place to hangout before and after service.