What to expect . . .
What to expect . . .If you have not worshiped with us before, here is what you can expect. Morning services are offered at 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM. Greeters will welcome you as you walk in, and they can answer questions you may have. If you have young children, we provide nurseries for them if you choose. When you’re ready to be seated, an usher will assist you in finding a seat and provide you with an Order of Worship. You are invited to inquire about our nurseries, activities and ministries at the Information Center in the lobby.
Music plays an important role at First Byron. You'll find that a refreshing blend of contemporary praise songs and traditional hymns are used to praise God. Our highest priority is placed on proclaiming God's Word—reading the Bible and preaching God’s Word. Each service is centered around a passage from the Bible and the pastor explains what God expects from His people in return for His gift of Salvation to us. During each morning worship service, two offerings are received: one is always for the ongoing expenses of this church and our denomination, and the second offering’s cause varies from support of our church’s Mission Fund, Christian Schools and other outside causes that have been approved by our deacons. You are not required to put anything in the offering plate. Also during the service you will have the opportunity to sign the Fellowship Folder so we can acknowledge your visit.
During the morning services, many of the children who are pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age leave shortly after the beginning of the service to go to Children and Worship. Worship services generally last about one hour. Between the morning services, coffee and cookies are served in the Fellowship Hall, which is just off the lobby. Please consider staying for coffee so that our members can have a chance to meet you. Evening service begins at 5 o’clock. This service is very similar to the morning service, although somewhat more casual. Again, the service last about one hour. The membership of First Byron is well-blended by age. While there are many young families with children, we have single adults, middle-age empty nesters, and there is a group of seniors as well. Whatever your age, visitors and new members will find many families of their own age. We think that you'll find First Byron to be a friendly church, where visitors and new members are welcomed.
What we offer . . .Opportunities for your children
During the morning and evening services we offer nurseries for infants and toddlers, Little Lambs for two year olds and Wee Worship for three year olds. Pre-K through Kindergarten children are invited to attend Children's Worship during the morning services.
Sunday School classes (Pre-K through 4th grade) are offered between the morning services, at 9:45 am, in the lower level (take the steps down from the lobby). Catachism classes for 5th - 12th grades are also offered between the morning services, at 9:45 am, in the upper level classrooms (inquire at the Visitor Center in the lobby).
Opportunities for adults
Join us in the fellowship hall for coffee and cookies. Adult Education classes are offered at 9:45 am in the sanctuary. Details of studies and topics are available at the visitor center and in the Order of Worship.
Please contact a greeter at the visitor center or call the church office 616-878-9768 if you have any questions or need further details on any of the above information.
How we follow-up . . .Frontline Ministries Coordinator, Joan Buiter, will follow-up with a friendly welcome letter.