WHAT TO EXPECT
Visiting a new church can be intimidating, and you probably have tons of questions. Everyone who attends Cornerstone has been there. We understand how strange it can be to visit a church, so we’re gonna do what we can to make it easy for you. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call the office before you visit.
When are services?
We worship together as a church family on Sunday mornings at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m. We meet in our Worship Center, so you are welcome to park in our front parking lot and enter the building through the main doors under the portico.
What are services like?
Our worship services typically last between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes. Don’t worry, though. We promise not to bore you!
While here, you will typically experience worship led by a full band with a mix of styles like country, rock, traditional, and even a little bit of pop. We will sometimes sing a hymn or a more traditional song, but most of the music we sing at Cornerstone is drawn from current worship singers and bands like Hillsong, Phil Wickham, Crowder, Needtobreathe, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music, and many others.
The sermons are centered in scripture, so if you own a bible, you should definitely bring it along! If you don’t own one, no problem… you can have one for free! They are located at the Welcome Center when you come in. There are also great bible apps available for your smartphones and tablets.
Sermons are illustrated in a variety of ways, including stories, videos, props, and interaction with the congregation. You will find that Cornerstone is a chatty bunch and we like it that way! It is not the sole responsibility of the pastor to direct us to what God is up to. We believe that all children, women and men are able to hear from God and have something to contribute, and so we leave room in our services for people to participate.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. We are just pumped that you’re joining us and want you to be more focused on what you might hear from God than what you’re wearing. In the summertime, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing sandals and shorts. Others prefer to still put on their “Sunday best,” and that’s fine too! Our pastor typically wears blue jeans, a button-up shirt and a bow tie, so you can tell we’re pretty chill about clothes. We think you’ll fit in no matter how you dress!
What if I get hungry or thirsty?
Because we are a family, we worship together just like a family lives. Our Worship Center is like a gigantic living room, so you are welcome to bring drinks and snacks in with you. For your convenience, Common Grounds Cafe is located just to the right of the Worship Center. There are moderately priced snacks, like donuts, muffins, fruit, candy and more, as well as a variety of hot and cold drinks.
What do my KIDS do during the service?
Spark Zone Children’s Ministry is the perfect place for your kids, infant through fifth grade, to go while you attend service. If you would like your children to participate in Spark Zone, visit the Children’s Welcome Center located to the right of the Worship Center, just past Common Grounds Cafe. Your children will be checked in and led to their class. We encourage you to take a walk down the Spark Zone wing to see where they will be and meet their teachers. Kids classes are action-packed and engage the kids in the Bible. For the safety and protection of all the children who participate in Spark Zone, all teachers and helpers are background checked before they are allowed to spend time with our children.
If you would prefer your child(ren) to sit with you during the worship service, that’s great! All are welcome in the Worship Center and your kids are no exception!
Do I have to put money in the basket?
We didn’t invite you to church to get your money! You don’t have to put anything in the offering basket, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. Nobody is watching or judging you! Of course you are absolutely welcome to give if you’d like. If you consider Cornerstone your church home, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to support this active ministry. You can give by check or cash during the service by filling out a giving envelope located at the Welcome Center, or just tossing it in the basket. You can also give online any time. As long as you fill out the information on the giving envelope, you will receive a giving statement at the end of each year so that you can log your donations on your tax return.
What’s this church all about, anyway?
Cornerstone is a Friends Church, that is, a part of the Religious Society of Friends (also called Quakers). While there are many different types of Friends around the world, we are part of the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region. For more information about our core beliefs, check out our What We Believe page. You can also find out about our Mission and Core Values on our What We’re About page.
Ultimately, though, we are about making sure everyone we know is aware of the great love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. With everything we do, our hearts are lifted to the Lord in prayer that He would send His Spirit to us so that we can know Him more, just as we are fully known by Him!