I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1
If you’re visiting this page, you’ve probably got some questions and you’re looking for answers. We understand it can be hard to visit a church for the first time. You might ask yourself, “What’s going to happen when I come in the front door?” “How will I know where to go and what to do when I get there?” “What will I do with my children?” “What should I wear?” “What will the service be like?” All kinds of unknown factors can make church seem very intimidating.
With this section we hope to answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit. All of us at Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill truly hope to make your visit with us relaxed and enriching.
What is worship like?
Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill, but as in any church you should expect to take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God together.
We attempt to make our worship as “user friendly” as possible.
Our worship seeks to glorify God. Every Sunday we consistently focus on Worship, Praise, God’s Word and Communion. These things are a tremendous source to our spiritual growth.
Through our singing we express our thanks to God for his wonderful salvation. These powerful songs remind us of the many wonderful things our Savior has done for us and for our salvation. They take some time to learn, but once you’ve learned them you’ll never forget them!
These songs remind us that God’s promises of forgiveness, guidance and peace still apply to our daily lives. We pray that through our worship your faith will be strengthened in those promises!
Our worship services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
Singing (Praise and Worship)
How should I dress?
You might wonder how you are expected to dress at a church you’ve never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, except for simple decency and Christian humility, Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill doesn’t make any rules either. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for his or her Lord, the choice of dress, be it casual or more formal, is acceptable to God . . . and us.
What about the offering?
“When will they take the offering?” “How will it be collected?” “How much am I expected to give?” “Do they want visitors to contribute too?” These are typical worries about church offerings, but God’s Word teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.
Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. These offering give them the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ’s love to more people.
As our guest, we will not expect you to contribute an offering, nor do we want to pressure you into doing so. You may wish to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
What is the worst that can happen?
Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
“I would just die if they made me stand up and say something.” We can assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and at home with us. Time at church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior.
“I know my child is going to be too noisy.” Our congregation is much like a family with infants and kids and teens and adults and elderly. It is not unusual to hear the cry of a baby mixed in with the sound of praise and worship. If, however, at any time you feel the need, we have a lobby where you can both see and hear the service. We also offer a staffed nursery where you can bring your child downstairs.
“I know I will feel out of place.” We hope this visitor’s guide has helped to ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I’m new here. Can you help me?” We can assure you our members are more than willing to help!
“I’m afraid I’ll say or do something wrong.” You are not alone! All of us, at some time, have felt this way in a new situation. We hope you’ll see that the people of Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill are ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. You will find Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill and very accepting, non threatening environment.
“I just want to watch at first, but I know they’ll try to get me involved or sign me up for something.” It’s unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a “membership drive” as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe church membership should be a voluntary matter, and the most important thing of all is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. This takes time. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement in a congregation. We believe we should respect that need.
“I don’t know that much about the Bible.” Worship and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. Don’t forget…sometimes the wisest words to say say are, “I don’t know.”
We hope that this page has answered any questions or concerns you might have had. Please ask if you have any other questions. We look forward to welcoming you!