Welcome to Hephatha! We’re glad you’re checking us out! Whether you’ve attended church your whole life, or never stepped foot in a church even once, Hephatha is a safe place to bring your questions, doubts and curiosity, regardless of your beliefs or background. We invite you to take a look around and see some of our opportunities. With wonderful programs for children, youth, and adults alike, there is a place for you to get connected. You’ll find:
- A casual atmosphere
- Friendly faces who’ll help you find your way around
- Energizing praise and worship (contemporary services) and engaging teaching from the Bible
- Wonderful ministries for children and students
- You matter to God and to Hephatha!
Wondering what Hephatha is like? We’ve assembled answers to the most common questions. Read on to learn more about Hephatha, and then come be a part of our worship gatherings!
What are your different services like?
We believe true, heartfelt worship should lead to an encounter with God. Worship is not a consumer event, but something for everybody in the community to participate in.
Our Traditional service at 8:00 features worship led by traditional hymns you might have grown up with are sung, Scripture readings, the Lord’s Prayer, the prayers of the people, and we celebrate Holy Communion.
Our contemporary services are at 9:30 and 6:01 (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month) feature dynamic music led by the worship team. Typically, we engage God in worship during a three- or four-song set, during which an offering is taken, followed by a message (approx. 25 minutes), a response song, and a time of prayer. Both child-care and Children’s Church are made available during the 9:30 a.m. service. There is child-care at the 6:01 service, too.
The 11:00 a.m. service is a blended service focused on teaching God’s word in a simpler liturgical setting; a combination of hymns and praise songs are used in this service. Communion is celebrated the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Services usually run from an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes in length.
What about children’s ministries?
We love kids here at Hephatha! We have an abundance of Children’s programs running throughout the year designed just for them. Kids in children’s ministry learn about God’s love for them every week in a vibrant way. Helpful staff will be available to assist you. Children may be dropped off in their respective areas before each service.
What if I would like to be baptized?
In order to help you prepare for baptism, you will be invited to schedule a time with our pastor who will walk you through the process and explain what baptism means. If the baptism is for a child, both parents are encouraged to attend.. You will be asked to provide the following information for your baptism certificate:
- First, middle and last name of person being baptized
- Date of birth
- City and State of birth
- Address and phone number
- If this is a child baptism, parent’s names, address and phone number
- Sponsor names (if applicable)
What should I do when I visit for the first-time?
- Before the service, check out the worship bulletin to see what’s going on at Hephatha.
- Enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee and treats at the coffee cart in the courtyard while making new friends before and after the service.
- Make sure to fill out a visitor information card which can be found in the front of the pew. This will help us get to know you, allow us to answer any questions you may have, and let you know what’s happening at Hephatha.
- Be sure to stop by the Welcome Table after the service to receive a special gift and have any questions that may have come up during your visit answered. The friendly volunteers can also direct you as to how you can get connected at Hephatha.
- Spend some time walking around our campus. You’ll get to meet some great people, and get a feel for what’s going on at Hephatha.
- Feel free to ask as many questions as you can think of. We’re here to bless you and to help you feel at home
How do I get connected at Hephatha?
Volunteers at the Welcome Table will be happy to assist you with this during your weekend visit, but you can also research the following list to give you an idea of how to get connected at Hephatha.
- Meet with God in worship.
- Check out our Get Connected brochure.
- Join us for a CC Small Group or Bible study.
- Participate in various ministry opportunities
- Check out upcoming events.
- Serve at Hephatha.
- Attend the membership class to learn how to become a member of Hephatha (offered 3-4 times per year).