What to Expect When You Visit Living Hope for a Sunday Worship Gathering
Whether you are used to attending worship services or not, it's nice to know what's going to happen when you go somewhere. The following is an outline of what to expect at a Sunday worship gathering, followed by some frequently asked questions.
Where are you on your journey in life and with God? No matter where you are, God loves you and desires to draw you closer to Him.
We believe God created us to learn and grow in community. Maybe you have been tremendously blessed by being part of a faith community. Maybe you have been hurt or disillusioned. Or, maybe you've had no experiences with a faith community. We don't claim to be the perfect church, but we're trusting Jesus to make Living Hope a safe place to learn, love, & grow where people's weaknesses and failures are known and they are loved all the more. No matter who you are or where you've been, you are welcome at Living Hope.
Read on for more info about what you'd expect if you came to a worship service and frequently asked questions about Living Hope.
If after browsing this site, you still have a question, simply click here or call the office at 763-753-1718 and someone will respond with the information you need. Thanks for visiting our website today. We hope to see you at a service soon!
During the Service:
Some of the deepest ways we communicate is through music. At Living Hope, expressing worship to God through music is important to us. It is a way of communicating with God as a large group. Our worship teams are made up of regular people who sing and play instruments. They help us express worship to God and reflect on who He is and what He's done in our lives. You are welcome to worship God in the way that is most meaningful to you--sitting or standing, singing along or quietly reflecting on the words.
After worship, we spend 3-5 minutes of fellowship time to say hello to the people around us and get to know others better. It is very casual. If you are more comfortable sitting down and observing during this time, you are welcome to do so. Following this, someone usually gives some informational announcements.
We pass baskets to give the Living Hope community a chance to worship through giving and to collect 'Connection Cards.' Connection Cards are attached to the bulletin and are used to collect information, prayer requests, and comments. We ask newcomers to fill these out, so that we can send you information and connect with you, if you'd like. Many regular attenders of Living Hope give an offering each week as an act of worship in thanking God for all that He has done in their lives and to help support the ministry and missions of the church. However, we encourage guests and newcomers to let the basket pass by without feeling any obligation to give.
After the offering, Pastor Lon will give a teaching that is based on the Bible. These messages challenge us and help us to grow in our relationship with Jesus. There's a note-taking sheet in the bulletin that you can take notes on or doodle on during the message. Some people find that this helps them stay awake (Hope you're smiling...No, of course Pastor Lon's messages are interesting and relevant to our lives and don't make us sleepy.) To hear some of Pastor Lon's most current messages, click HERE.
As a community of Christ followers, we celebrate communion together about once a month. Anyone who has made the decision to follow Jesus Christ can participate in this time of reflection and prayer. The juice and bread (wafers) that we share represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the life He gave up so that our sins could be forgiven. Note: We use gluten-free crackers.
After the Service:
If your children were part of Children’s Church or Junior Church, the teachers will bring them upstairs. You will see that many people stay after the service to visit and connect. Feel free to stay and get to know us as you are comfortable. We'd love to get to know you better.
Before the Service:
As you come in to our Ministry Center, you will be greeted at the door by members of the congregation and given a program which includes church events, announcements and a note taking sheet for the message. By the way, the Living Hope community isn't known for being extremely prompt, so don't be surprised if most people arrive right at the service time.
We have children's ministries available for both services. If you have children ages 3 and under, you may want to check them in at the Nursery, which is located upstairs near our meeting room. If you want to keep them with you, that's fine too.
Children 3-years-old through 2nd grade can be checked in downstairs just prior to the services for "Children's Church" and "Junior Church." They enjoy their own time of worship, Bible lessons, games, and crafts during the Sunday morning worship service. If they feel more comfortable staying with a parent, that is just fine. 4th-6th Graders have special study notes for the messages, and can get those from a greeter.
We do have strict policies regarding child safety for our teachers and volunteers. We require a child safety course & background checks for all of our volunteers. We also enforce a "one person at a time" bathroom policy. We are serious about protecting our kids and our volunteers and we want people of all ages to feel safe and comfortable.
Currently, we are using a meeting space we call our Ministry Center for our worship gatherings, offices, and all of our ministries. It is located adjacent to St. Francis High School on 23038 Rum River Blvd NW in St. Francis. We share this building with Remax Realty and Midwest Family Counseling. Yes, it looks like a house, and it looks small, but it's bigger than it looks! You won't find stained glass, but it's the people inside and the God they love that matter, right? On Sundays, we have two services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Maybe you've seen our sign on a piece of property just south of St. Francis on Round Lake Blvd. We are moving in the direction of building on that land.
join us for worship!
Sundays at 9am & 11am
imperfect, beautiful worship community in St. Francis, MN
Living Hope Evangelical Free Church P.O. Box 264 St. Francis, MN 55070 763.753.1718
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I understand the teaching, even if I don't know much about the Bible?
The teaching times are prepared to connect with people's lives by using the ageless wisdom and truths in Scripture and presenting it in a creative, yet straight-forward way. The services are designed to be easily understood by individuals searching for God and asking questions, and for long-time Christians who find these teachings invaluable to their spiritual and personal growth.
How should I dress?
We tend to "come as we are" and "be who we are." For us that usually means jeans and kahkis, not suits and dresses, and we want newcomers to dress however they feel comfortable.
What if I come from a different faith background?
People who attend Living Hope come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Together, we focus on biblical truth and teachings, and pursuing an active relationship with Jesus Christ.
What if I'm not even sure I believe in God?
Almost everyone has questions about spiritual things and how they might relate to their lives. You are welcome to explore answers to your questions at Living Hope.
Are the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services the same?
Yes. The worship songs and teaching are the same....of course the people in attendance will be different! Children's Ministries will be available during both of the services.
How long are the services?
Both services will typically last about an hour and 20 minutes.
How can I find out how to get involved beyond Sunday mornings?
Check the weekly bulletins for opportunities or announcements, browse this website, or contact the church offices for more information. Thanks for your interest!
There's a table upstairs with coffee and tea if you'd like some. This is right next to the main meeting room where we have our services. You will notice a casual atmosphere, and people of all ages and walks of life. Sit wherever you will feel most comfortable.