A Visit to Sandy Springs
We realize that visiting a new church is less intimidating when we know what to expect. This is especially true for parents of younger children. Here then is a brief description to help both you and your children prepare for worshiping with us.
Sunday school begins in the main auditorium with a hymn and prayer. Then we disperse to our various classes. Children three and under are taught bible stories in the nursery downstairs. Older children are divided into classes with age-appropriate lessons in Bible, catechism, or practical Christian books like J. C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men. Adults study things like theology, discipleship and church history in the fellowship hall.
The worship service lasts about an hour and a quarter. It has a fairly formal structure based on biblical principles. You’ll hear lots of scripture verses and “free” (i.e., unwritten) prayers led by the pastor. We sing mostly psalms and older hymns with piano accompaniment. The sermon is always quite substantial, and once a month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We worship twice each Lord’s Day, and the evening service begins with hymn requests.
We encourage families to worship together, and we welcome children in the actual services, so we do not have a “children’s church.” However, we realize that little ones sometimes get restless. With this in mind, we provide a training room behind glass at the back of the auditorium. We also have a nursery staffed by church members for little ones through age three.
Sometimes visitors are anxious about what to wear. We do encourage a general sense of modesty and reverence, but you don’t have to dress formally to fit in here. Please don’t let concerns about clothes stop you from worshiping God!