WHAT TO EXPECT
If you are planning to visit our church, we hope the following information will be helpful to you in preparation for your first visit.
As you approach the church building, you will immediately notice that it does not look like a traditional church. In fact the structure was once a milk processing plant and later was converted by another local church into a youth center. The building then stood unused for several years. The building was bought by the small Calvary Chapel Cumberland congregation in 2011, and extensive interior remodeling was done. In 2016 the outside of the church was given a facelift with the cross and stonework where block windows once were.
As you enter the church you can expect to be welcomed by a greeter. Most first time visitors remark how comfortable and relaxed the atmosphere is. If you arrive early, you will find the people who have come for worship enjoying conversation and coffee in the fellowship area, just beyond the foyer. You too are invited to join them for a cup of coffee or tea, and conversation. Coffee and tea are found in the kitchen area.
If you have children ages 6 months-12 years, they are encouraged to attend our children's ministry called King's Kids for the 10:30 a.m. service. When you enter the church building, please take the stairs to your right and proceed to the children’s classrooms. A children’s ministry volunteer will greet you and sign your child in. For more information about children’s ministry please check out the King’s Kids page located under the ministry button on our website. Infants 0-6 months may stay with their parents in service or a parent may use the Little Ones room on the second floor. The room in equipped with a rocking chair, Pack N Plays, a changing table, and toys.
At 8:30 a.m. or 10:30a.m, you will hear a "call to worship" song play, and you will notice the fellowship area empty as people begin to fill the sanctuary in preparation to worship God. After the first song, Pastor Rob will welcome the church, pray, and ask you to stand and join in singing four to five worship songs. We do not have a worship band at this time, so we use recorded music. But don’t worry, once worship begins you will see and hear that our congregation loves to sing to God and give Him the praise He is due! Bible study will promptly follow worship and continue for about 45 minutes. If you have a Bible, you are encouraged to bring it with you. If you do not have a Bible, don’t worry. We are happy to let you borrow one and an usher will hand out Bibles prior to Bible study. If you do not own a Bible you are welcome to keep the one handed to you by the usher.
Once Bible study is over, a final worship song will play. Following service, many people stay and fellowship. Coffee will still be available, so feel free to grab a cup, get to know some people or ask Pastor Rob some questions following the service as there is no need to rush. If you have a child in King’s Kids, you will need to return upstairs to sign them out.
We hope this information will give you an idea of what to expect when visiting Calvary Chapel Cumberland for the first time. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!
Pastor Rob and the Congregation of Calvary Chapel Cumberland