As friendly as most churches hope to be, it still can be a little frightening visiting a church for the first time. Will everyone know what’s going on but me? Will people be nice to me? Will my kids like it (and be well-cared for in a safe environment)? Will they ask me for money? How should I dress? Is it okay if I don’t believe what everyone else seems to believe?
We’ve done our best to make the Raytown Vineyard Church as “user-friendly” for people as possible, whatever your background, whether you’re a longtime church attendee or this is your first time of giving it a try.
When you arrive, you will get a program, which will give you a rundown of what to expect in the service, along with the Bible reading we’ll be referring to that day, and some of the key announcements to let you know what’s going on during the week.
Keep in mind that we plan for all of this in a quick-moving 90 minute program.
After an opening song or two, we issue an open invitation for anyone who wants to come forward to receive communion with us. You don’t have to be a member of the Raytown Vineyard Church, or even a member of any church, to join in celebration of Jesus sacrifice for us. Parents are encouraged to bring their children with them, either to join in communion or to receive a blessing.
We realize that God has all the resources needed to accomplish everything he wants to do in our community. We also recognize that everything we receive in life is a gift of God. So, it is our pleasure to get to give back a portion of what God has given us to enjoy the privilege of partnering with God to meet our community’s needs with a generous heart. You are never obligated to make a financial contribution. Give as you feel led. No pressure. Seriously.
The Kids’ Zone
Next, we release our kids aged 1-6 to spend some time building relationships, learning about God, and praying together.
Challenging Message and Prayer
After a challenging message, whoever’s speaking usually prays for the congregation along the lines of what’s just been said and, if you’re interested, you’ll have the opportunity to receive further prayer from a team of people trained in praying for people.
Music and Arts
Those who don’t ask for prayer will enter into a time of lively worship of God in song, led by some gifted musicians. Vineyard music is known for being contemporary and dynamic so, for instance, we have a band rather than a choir and an organ. While most of our music has a pop/rock feel, we do occasionally sing some hymns. One way or another, you should have some catchy tunes to hum all week long.
After the service, most people stick around and make new friends and catch up with old ones around coffee and donuts. If you have brought children, that’s when you’ll pick them up from the Kids Zone.
Don’t forget to stop by the Guest Services Desk and pick up your gift bag. If you would like us to keep you up to date on what’s happening at the Vineyard, be sure to share your contact information with us on the Gold Card you find in your program.
We hope you’ll stop by for a visit. We’d love to meet you. And, one way or another, may you find a spiritual home that works well for you. We’re for you! And we’re for you finding a meaningful and transforming connection with God.