What to expect
Before coming, ask God to bless your desire to worship with his people. We're praying, too, that you are nourished and challenged to grow.
The Bible emphasizes humility and modesty over formalism or status (Jas 2:2-4; 1 Tim 2:8-10). Our members come in everything from suits to shorts, dresses and denim. Dress however you like, provided you aren't trying to draw attention from Christ to your body, image, or wealth.
To minimize stress, we recommend your arriving a couple minutes early the first time, especially if you have children. Greeters at the door will give you a bulletin to follow along with the service.
Childcare is available in the Nursery for infants and toddlers. Nursing mothers sometimes make use of the church library during services, since sermon audio is piped in. Visitors may be surprised, however, that children above age 3 ordinarily worship with parents here. This reflects our high view of the Christ's church as including not only professing adults, but their children in his covenant. We delight to see little ones sharing in worship!
Ushers are available to help seat you, but feel free to help yourself. Coming with more than four people? Try to come ten minutes early so that you don't have to worry about finding a large area to sit together.
What is the Service like?
Phoenix URC is admittedly “unadorned” in its style. You'll notice the roaming lights, guitars, drums—we're pretty much unplugged. What you will find is earnest spirits, open interaction, and a devotion to historic hymns, psalms, and Christ-centered preaching. Our desire is to maintain gospel-centered simplicity in worship as a way of glorifying God.
“...biblically saturated, theologically substantive, and personally formative...”
We follow a simple biblical order of worship: singing, corporate confession, prayer, offerings, preaching and a celebration of the sacraments. Throughout, we focus on Jesus and our life in him.
We aim to represent a tradition of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that are biblically faithful, spiritually deep, emotionally rounded and beautiful.
We collect gifts on behalf of ministries, missions, and charity (Ezra 2:68; 2 Cor 6:7). Visitors are under no obligation or expectation to give. We encourage you to “pray and pass the plate” until you know us better.
Christ calls us to love God with “all your heart, mind, and strength.” Our Pastors therefore strive to preach sermons that are biblically saturated, theologically substantive, and personally formative. Also, having two pastors who share the pulpit means more balance and broader varieties of style and life experience.
After the Service...
Formal worship transitions into informal, spontaneous interaction with each other. Our desire is also to connect with visitors who may be with us for the first time.
Refreshments are served after AM service on the Side Patio or in the Fellowship Hall. Just follow the crowds. This is a good time to meet people and receive prayer.
Sunday School (11:00-11:45 AM)
We offer a variety of classes for adults and children from 11:00-11:45 AM (except during Summer).
Most Sundays, a different family hosts lunch after church. Visitors are encouraged to join for that. It's a great way to get to know us and enjoy some good food. Ask a Greeter for details!