We want you
to visit us at the Highland Drive Church of Christ and to feel
comfortable when you come. We know that sometimes an unfamiliar
place can be intimidating, so we thought we would take a moment and
tell you about what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.
in a church building on Highland Drive. It may be much more modest
than you are use to. When you enter our building, you will enter
into our auditorium for worship. There will be rows of pews for the
worshipers. There are no reserved seats, so please feel free to sit
anywhere you choose.
services generally begin with singing. You will find hymnbooks on
the back of the pew before you. When a song leader announces a
number, you can turn to that number in your books and sing along
the neat things you will soon discover about our music is that it is
all done without any musical instrument accompaniments. We seek to
worship according to the New Testament pattern found in Col. 3:16,
and since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we
believe it is best to exclude it. You may consider us narrow on this
point, but we believe you will respect our reason behind it. Once
you accept our conviction regarding this, we believe you will find
the singing very meaningful, with everyone being invited to
will be several prayers throughout the service. Some will include
prayers on the behalf of our sick and afflicted. Sometimes you will
be asked to stand for prayer, and other times you will just bow your
head sitting down. Only one man at a time will pray out loud, and we
are sure you will find our services very orderly.
preacher does not have a title. He won't be referred to as Pastor or
Reverend, because such titles were not found in the New Testament.
Some may refer to him as Brother Curry, but most of us generally
know him as Vernon. He won't be wearing any ecclesiastical
costume that will set him apart from the rest of us since we believe
in the priesthood of all believers. The sermon itself will be about
30 minutes and will be totally Bible based. Sometimes you will find
Vernon using a powerpoint projector to highlight his main points, but
the message you will hear preached will be one of meat rather than
show. We invite and encourage you to open your Bibles and follow
close of Vernonís sermon, he will extend an invitation. This is a
time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a request for
prayer support from the congregation. He will also encourage those
who wish to be saved to come forward to confess Christ (Rom.
10:9,10) and be buried with Him in baptism. Don't feel ill at ease
during this invitation. You will not be singled out in any way.
There may be several that will respond or there may be none. If
someone does come forward to be saved, you will witness the baptism
during the service. The baptism will be one of total immersion in
our baptistry and it will be for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
visit us during the Sunday morning service, you will note that
before the sermon, we will participate in sharing the Lord's Supper
with like-minded believers. We observe this memorial every Sunday as
the New Testament church did. During this memorial, plates
containing unleavened bread will be passed throughout the
congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ that was
offered on our behalf. Each participating person will break off a
piece of this bread and eat it and then pass on the plate. Next,
cups containing grape juice, "the fruit of the vine", will be
served. The juice represents the blood of Jesus. Each participant
will take one cup from the tray and drink its contents before
replacing the cup back into the tray. You will notice that during
the time of this memorial, the church will be very quiet as each
member prayerfully reflects on their spiritual walk and the great
price Christ paid for His followers. (1 Cor. 11:23-28, Mat.
do not feel that you need to participate during this memorial. Feel
free to pass on the tray without being embarrassed. No one in our
assembly will think any less of you for it.
after the passing of the cup, we will also pass containers to
collect the weekly financial offerings of the congregation. We do
this at this time for convenience sake and in keeping with the New
Testament admonishment to lay up in store the first day of every
week (1 Cor. 16:1,2). As our guest, you are not expected to give an
offering. Please feel comfortable in just passing the collection
plate on down the row.
you will find us to be a friendly and warm people. We are a group of
various backgrounds and at different stages of knowledge and
spiritual growth. We know that we are continually learning and have
not arrived at any point of perfection. We make our mistakes and
hopefully we learn from them. We are fellow travelers coming
together to worship our Father and to encourage each other along the
way. We do not claim to have all the answers, but we all know that
without Jesus we are nothing. We hope our love for Christ, His body,
and the Bible is quite evident to you during your visit.
do we expect from you?
Absolutely nothing! You are welcome to participate, but don't feel
obligated to do so. You will be asked to fill out a Visitor's Card.
This provides our church with information so that we can write or
call to thank you for your visit. It is never shared outside of our
church, but if you do not feel comfortable filling out the card, you
do not have to. We do hope you will come and visit with us again,
and if you have any questions about what you heard or any desire to
learn more, we have people who are more than willing to help serve
you in that manner.
hope you will come and visit us.