We launched a second service at Connect, so we now gather at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at WT Elementary School.
What time will services start and end?
First service will start at 9:30 a.m., and second service will start at 11 a.m. Each service will last about an hour.
How will the services be different?
Not at all. Both services will be identical, so you are free to choose whichever time best fits your family’s schedule every Sunday.
What is the idea behind attend one/serve one?
Our church has an amazing volunteer culture in which around 80 percent volunteer in some way. That’s wonderful, but we need to continually create opportunities for every single person at Connect to put their faith into action. Moving to two services will do just that. We are opening up a ton of opportunities for more people to serve. One of the biggest reasons people give for not serving in things like our Connect Kids or Security Team is that they don’t want to miss out on church. We get it. Now, you can serve in one service and attend the other. It’s the best of both worlds. Not yet on a team? Have a look at these great options.
How will I still see my friends?
You will still have plenty of opportunities to be with those you know and love, even if you end up going to different services. Our Connect Groups still meet regularly, so there’s a great opportunity to really get to know and hang out with other partners from Connect. Plus, we will continue to schedule regular Hangouts where we all meet in the same place. Our vision is far bigger than to create an environment for people to socialize. We are here to share the love of Jesus with our community — as many of them as possible. Moving to two services is our next best step for accomplishing that mission.
Why now, we aren’t completely full yet?
We’ve consulted with many other area churches who have already taken this step, and leaders from every single one of them have said the same thing. Two services is our next best growth step. National church growth experts and consultants agree that when you are 80-percent full, you feel full to a visiting family. A full church is not a welcoming environment for visitors. They need to feel like there is a place for them. Not just a place for them to sit, but a place to fit in and grow. Our attendance trends show that the fall is our busiest time, so September is the ideal time to launch.
Why should we make church times more convenient to the needs of our culture?
Like it or not, we live in a culture where our busy schedules end up dominating our choices, and that includes choosing many other things over attending church. Making church a more convenient option on a Sunday morning will ultimately allow more people to hear about Jesus. It’s simple, and it’s true. We aren’t competing with other churches when it comes to sharing the love of Christ with our world. We are competing with youth soccer, full NFL stadiums and countless social media and internet options that keep people up late on Saturday nights.
I have elementary-age kids, and I volunteer, so what will they do on Sundays when I serve in one service and attend the other?
We will have a “Volunteer Kids Room” setup in the gym just for this purpose. We know we can’t expect elementary-age kids to sit through two straight services, so kids of volunteers who are in Kindergarten through 5th grade can attend one service like normal, then they’ll get to hang out in the Volunteer Kids Room, which will be open during our second service. The Volunteer Kids Room will be staffed with volunteers, and we’ll have safe, fun games and activities just to allow them to enjoy time together. We are excited to offer a supervised environment on Sunday mornings where kids can enjoy some free time. Our Connect Kids volunteers will take care of moving your kids from their first-service class to the “Volunteer Kids Room,” so no need to go back through the check-in system. We’ll also provide those staying for both services a (gluten-free, peanut-free) snack before they leave their class.
I have young children, and I volunteer, so what will they do on Sundays during both services?
Our nursery and toddler rooms will remain fully staffed throughout the morning, and our amazing volunteers will take care of loving your babies and toddlers. So if you are staying for both services, you will not need to check your children in twice.
I have teenagers, and I’m a volunteer, what will they do during both services?
Many of our teenagers are also volunteering. Why not have them volunteer alongside you, or get them plugged into another ministry where they can help out? Here is a breakdown of all our teams.
I serve in Connect Kids, and I serve on a Setup Team. How will these changes impact me?
Moving to two services impacts each team a little bit differently, and each of our team leaders will be communicating with you to explain what to expect. Our team directors are still working together to try to coordinate serving requests, etc. If you have specific needs to serve during the same time as a spouse, etc., please let those team directors know so they can work to accommodate your requests. Also, don’t miss Joey Rolen’s Kids Volunteer Vision Night Aug. 28 if you help out in Connect Kids.