It isn’t easy visiting a church for the first time. Am I really welcome? Will the people be unfriendly, or too friendly? Will I be conspicuous? Will it be easy to leave if I don’t enjoy it? Will they ask me for money? Will my kids enjoy it? How should I dress? Am I welcome if I don’t believe?
When you arrive friendly people will greet you, answer any questions you have, and direct you to our worship centre. If you have children, you are invited to come at 9:30am in time for your children to attend Sunday School. Sunday School is a creative, dynamic, hands-on experience assisting your children to grow in their faith. It runs to 10:15am, in time for you to pick up your children and go to the worship centre for our worship service. If you have younger children (birth through two years old), you are welcome to bring them to our nursery before sunday school and before our worship service which begins at 10:30. If your children are shy, they’re welcome to remain with you during the entire worship gathering, but most kids really enjoy our children’s ministry.
When you enter our sanctuary, you’ll be given a copy of our worship bulletin which has the week’s announcements and an explanation of many of the ministries of our church. It also provides a place to take notes and a blue information card to sign up for activities which you simply drop into the offering when it is passed by. That’s all we’ll ask you to place in the offering. We want you to feel welcome as our guest, with no pressure to give.
At Stony Brook we have no dress code. You’ll notice that everyone is dressed comfortably, in anything from “office casual” to jeans and shorts. Take your pick.
The worship service begins with music. You’ll be invited to sing along or feel free to enjoy the music and take in its message. After the singing portion is over children age 3 to 5 can go to Children’s Church, a ministry specially tailored to their age level. The nursery is always available for your children 3 years and under and is supervised after the singing portion of our service so you can leave them there and sit back and enjoy the rest of the service. Other things we do in our worship service are a time of sharing and prayer, and then one of our pastors will present a message that’s based upon the Bible – and yet is interesting, enjoyable and relevant. It’s an ancient book but we believe you’ll find it is amazingly applicable to where you live in today’s world.
After worship, you’ll pick up your kids from Children’s Church and nursery, and then we hope you’ll stay around to meet some people. Stony Brook is about God and worship, but it’s also about community and friendship, so we hope you will experience warmth and connection at Stony Brook Fellowship.
- Our emphasis is on inclusion rather than exclusion
- Our dress is casual, and our setting, a theatre-style chapel, is not overly “churchy”
- Our music reflects a contemporary style. People playing piano, electric and acoustic guitar, drums, and other instruments, worship along side of two or three vocalists from the front of the auditorium
- Any announcements, and especially our prayer time, celebrate our life as a community and help us to ‘weep with those who weep’ and ‘rejoice with those who rejoice’
- A practical message helps us to make sense of our world as we see it through the lens of God’s Word
- Special features of communion, baptism, child dedication and reception of new members are integrated into our worship service on a regular basis