If you are interested in visiting 12th Avenue, but are not sure what it will be like when you arrive this page will help you get a feel for what it’s like on a normal Sunday.
We gather for worship and fellowship on Sundays mornings with the worship service starting at 9:30am and in the evenings at 5:00pm. Both services are one hour long. Greeters are present near the entrances in both the front and back of the building to welcome you and answer any questions that you may have. If you have children, our nursery is located downstairs and you are welcome to drop off your small children there. Before you enter the sanctuary an usher will greet you, help you find a seat, and provide you with an Order of Worship. You can also find an Order of Worship near the sanctuary entrances.
We normally begin our service with music so that we can worship our God together before we hear from his Word. We primarily sing hymns and worship songs accompanied by the piano and organ. Once a month our praise team leads us as we sing more contemporary worship songs accompanied by a variety of instruments. Then we arrive at the main reason for gathering, hearing the Word of God preached. It is clear in scripture that in order to grow in our knowledge of God and our desperate need for him to save us we need to regularly hear Biblical preaching. We trust that God will use this time of listening to the truths of His Word to change our lives and bring us from darkness into his marvelous light. Other parts of our worship service include the prayer and offerings. In prayer we bring our praise, thanksgiving, confession of sin, and requests before God. We pray because we know God hears our prayers and desires to respond for our good and his glory. Normally, we have one offering in the morning that goes towards the regular expenses of the church and denomination and one or two offerings at night for special causes like mission or relief work and local organizations that our church supports. If you’re new, please do not feel obligated to contribute to the offering. Instead, fill out a Guest and Request card in the pew and place it in the offering plate so we know you came and can pray for you or follow up late that week.
If you would like to pray with someone after the service, there are people that the greeters can point you towards.
Opportunities for Children
During the school year we have Sunday School and Catechism for children in grades two through twelve after the morning service from 10:45-11:30pm. Our high school youth group meeting after the evening worship service every first and third Sunday of the month from 6:15-8:30pm.
Opportunities for Adults
We normally have coffee, lemonade, and cookies in the back of church after our morning service. This is a time where you can connect with members at 12th Avenue and learn more about who we are.
We trust that you’ll find a warm welcome at 12th Avenue Christian Reformed Church as a visitor or new member. While do have many older members we also have a strong group of middle-aged empty nesters and some younger families too. Regardless of your age, though, there is a place for everyone at 12th Avenue CRC.
If you have any questions about what is written above or anything else please call our church office at 616-457-5556.