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.
Casual is who we are. We have two venues for our Sunday styles of worship, but even the Traditions Service is casual; so don’t feel pressured to dress up. Bottom line though, we care a lot more about who you are than what you wear, so please, be you!
The best way to enter the Immanuel campus is from China Lake Boulevard using the driveway nearest Immanuel’s digital sign. Park in any available parking space, but there are marked guest parking spaces near the entry on the south end of the Ministry Center.
The entrance to the church is up the steps to the double doors on the south side facing Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. When you enter the door into the lobby you will find our welcome kiosk with friendly greeters who are happy to give you directions or answer your questions.
We’ve invested a lot of time and resources into creating fun environments for your kids to hear about God. If you have a preschooler, you might want to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the Service so you will not feel rushed to check them in. The preschool/nursery care is at the north end of the building. Children are welcome in the service BUT we have a high-energy, fun learning environment just for kids while Mom and Dad are in church. Our goal with our Kid’s Church is that they will have so much fun that they will beg you to bring them back next week! Of course, if you want them in church with you, they are welcome.
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.
We have two styles of services. Our Contemporary Service meets in the Chapel and you will see a tall floor sign directing you to that venue. If you prefer a worship service that uses Hymn books for the song service, our Traditions Service meets in the Multi-Purpose Room. Just follow the tall floor sign that says Traditions Service. Both services start at the same time. The song services are “Live” and the sermon is preached in the Chapel, then “Live Streamed” into the Traditions venue. Our services begin at 10:50 a.m. and last about 70 minutes.
We have Bible Study for all ages at 9:15 a.m. It’s easier to get to know others who are in a similar stage of life when you participate in a Bible Study group. The Kid’s Bible Study is an energetic, multi-activity environment where they review what they learned in Kid’s Church the week before. They have a great time and can easily get involved their very first week. Junior High and High School students have separate learning environments that speak their language. It’s critical that teens have a place just for them to hear what the God has designed. Our Mission is to Help All People Love and Follow Jesus and this requires working hard at communicating God’s Word relevantly for every stage of life!
Helping all people love and follow Jesus.
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