What To Expect

So you’re visiting a church for the first time. You probably have some questions and maybe even a few worries. Let’s address some of the most common questions we get so that you’ll know what to expect before you arrive.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

HOW SHOULD I DRESS?

A good rule of thumb is “come as you are”. If you like jeans and a t-shirt, you’ll fit right in. Prefer flip-flops, cargo shorts, and a hoodie? No problem. What if you’re a bit more formal and want to wear a jacket and tie? Nobody will look at you funny, but they might ask you if you’re on the way to something else after church. The bottom line is that we care a lot more about who you are than what you wear. Be you.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

The best way is to enter the Immanuel campus is from China Lake Blvd using the parking lot entrance nearest the Immanuel sign. Park in any parking space you can find but there is marked guest parking near the entry on the south end of the Ministry Center (the large building).

AFTER I PARK, HOW DO I GET TO THE SERVICE?

Well, you’ve got to get out of the car first. We’ll leave that to you. The entrance to the church is up the steps to the largest door on the south side. When you enter the door into the lobby you'll find a welcome desk and friendly greeters who can show you where to go.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY KIDS?

Remember the last time your kids asked for permission to sit still for an hour? Yeah, we don’t remember that either. That’s why we’ve invested a lot of time and resources into creating fun and age-appropriate environments for your kids to hear about God. So if you’re bringing your kids with you to services, you should check out our safe and secure programs designed just for kids. If you have preschooler, you might want to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the service so you won’t feel rushed when you first check them in. The preschool/nursery care is at the end of the long hallway that you see ahead of you when you come in the door. Young children are welcome in the service. Before the sermon they will be given the opportunity to go with other children to Children's Church. And if you want to keep your children with you during service, we have options for that too.

WHERE DO I SIT DURING THE SERVICE?

We have volunteer ushers who will welcome you into the chapel, hand you our program, and direct you to a seat. Once you’re seated, just kick back, relax, and enjoy the service. During the service, you’ll hear us talk about tithes and offerings, and you don’t need to feel obligated to participate in that as a visitor. Giving is an act of worship for those who consider this place to be their church home.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SERVICE?

First off, there’s going to be some music. After the music is done, there may be a time for sharing about what is happening around our church and community, then our pastor will give a talk. The whole service lasts a little more than an hour.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SERVICE IS OVER?

There’s quite a lot happening after service, actually. You’ll find that some people will hang out for a while to chat, have coffee, and talk with friends. There are also some people available to pray with you if that’s something you’d like to do. (Of course, if you checked your kids into the children’s ministry classes, you’re going to want to pick them up at some point as well!) The bottom line is that you can spend some time to get to know people and hang out a little bit.

IS THAT IT?

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. But if you’ve got more questions, drop us a line at ibc@ibcridgecrest.org.

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