When Jesus began his ministry, many people were skeptical of him. In fact, Nathanael (who eventually became one of Jesus’ disciples) was really suspicious when he first heard about Jesus of Nazareth. So he asked deridingly, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46). To this, Philip—who had told Nathanael about Jesus—simply responded: Come and see for yourself.
We, at Community Evangelical Free Church, recognize that many people today are, in a similar fashion, skeptical of church. Maybe you wonder, “Can anything good come from a church?” Like Philip, we invite you to come and see for yourself. If you’re skeptical about church, it’s our hope and prayer that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your experience with us!
What should I wear?
People come to our services in jeans and t-shirts and in suits and ties. There’s no set standard. We mostly just want you to come and to be comfortable. We’re not partial one way or the other. In fact, it seems this is how Christian worship services are supposed to be (cf. James 2:1-4).
How long are the services?
We have an education hour for all ages from 10:45 to 12:00 pm. We also have two worship services: 1st service runs from 9:15 to 10:15 am while 2nd service runs concurrent with the education hour from 10:45 am to 12 pm. During the worship services, we provide childcare for both infants and toddlers. During the 1st service sermon we also provide children’s church for children 4 years old through 1st grade.
What happens in the services?
During both the education hour and the worship service, we spend time reading and studying the Bible. We do this because we believe it’s one of the primary ways God communicates about who he is and how his followers should live. If this is true (and we sincerely believe it is), then the Bible is a pretty darn important book and worthy of our serious attention.
In the worship services, we also thank God for what he has done and who he is in a number of other ways. We sing songs praising God; we thank God in times of prayer and giving; and, we regularly spend time worshiping God as we hear what he is doing around Harrisburg and the world.
What if I have other questions?
We recognize that we may have missed something you would like to know if you’re thinking about visiting us. Therefore, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email our church administrator, Carolyn (firstname.lastname@example.org).