What to Expect
It can be difficult to attend a church for the first time. Many questions can arise. “What will the worship be like?” “Will I have to do anything during the worship?” “What do I do with my children?” “What should I wear?” Unknown issues like these can make church intimidating. We hope we can answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit us at Fishers of Men. We’d like to make your visit with us relaxed and enriching so please let us know if you have unanswered questions.
Our deepest wish is that when you visit Fishers of Men, you will hear about your Savior, Jesus, and come to know the grace and love of God in your life.
Service Times & Styles
We have 2 worship services each Sunday, both in our main sanctuary - 8:30am and 11:00am.
The 8:30am service is more traditional including hymns led by piano and choir, a children's message integrated into the service, and holy communion on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays.
The 11:00am service is a more blended worship with hymns and contemporary Christian songs led by our Praise Band, Children's Church where children leave worship and meet for a lesson while parents stay and listen to the sermon, and holy communion on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays.
We strive to have a relaxed and meaningful worship experience so whether you come dressed in your Sunday best or come in jeans and a T-shirt, we welcome you to the Lord's house!
Pentecost - Sunday, June 4 (ONE service @ 10:30 am)
Bible Class/Sunday School - 9:15 - 10:15 am
ONE church service with the LINC churches - 10:30 am
Children in Worship
We feel that families should be able to worship together. Children are just as much a part of the church community as adults and we strive to make worship relevant to all ages. Every 8:30am worship service at Fishers has a children’s message where children are invited to come up to the front and have some fun. Usually we do various object lessons or experiments. Sometimes the children's ministry coordinator or pastor tell the kids a great story. Whatever is done, it will help the kids focus on how Jesus matters in their life. At our 11:00 worship the children from 3 years old through 3rd grade may attend a children’s church during the sermon time for a time of singing, praying, and a lesson appropriate for that age group. If you are new, you are welcome go with your children to get them settled into children’s church.
We also have "Busy Boxes" available to borrow during the service that include crayons, books to read, and a quiet small toy or activity along with a packet of coloring pages and worksheet puzzles based on a Bible story or message. Just find the ages you want, take the box and activity pages into the sanctuary, and return them after the service.
Children are welcome to attend worship with their families, however we know that sometimes parents just need a quiet moment to pray and worship. For that reason, we have a paid staffed nursery for children. There is no cost for the nursery and it is available during all services and Sunday School. You will receive a pager so we can contact you if your child needs you. Please ask an usher to show you to the nursery which is down the hall from the worship center.
A family restroom is available around the corner from the main restrooms, complete with a changing table. The women's restroom which is around the corner from the Fellowship Chapel also has a changing table. All of our restrooms (including the family restroom) are wheelchair accessible.
Sunday School & Bible Study
There is a dedicated hour of Sunday School for children and youth beginning at 9:45 a.m. Children ages 2 years old through 6th grade meet in the Children's Ministry Area on the first floor of the sanctuary building while middle school and high school students meet upstairs in the Youth Room (A-215, the room at the very end of the hallway). For more information on our Sunday School classes, click here for children and click here for youth. We love having visitors and our Sunday School program does everything it can to help guests feel welcome!
Adult Bible classes also begin at 9:45 a.m. A listing of current classes are in the tri-fold you receive at the church service from the ushers or click here for more information on all our Adult Bible Classes as well as other programs. In the pastor’s Bible class he will throw out questions and some people will give their thoughts and opinions, but don’t worry, you can just sit and listen and relax. You will not be called on if you don’t want to talk.
So, what's the worst that can happen...
Attending church somewhere for the first time can be intimidating so here are some common worries and answers...
“I would just die if they made me stand up and say something.” We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. Worship should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can to help you learn about your Savior.
“I know my child is going to be too noisy.” Fishers is made up of many families with young children so children are welcomed. However if you would like a place to take your child if she/he becomes noisy, we have a dedicated nursery or you may go into the gathering area with your child.
“I know I will feel out of place.” We hope that this information will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I am new. What is this about?”
“Everyone will know I am new; I won’t know what to do.” Each Traditional Service follows a written liturgy from the hymnal. All worship services are on the front screens and easy to follow. Pastor also instructs the congregation when it is time to stand or sit.
“I am afraid I will say or do something wrong.” All of us have felt this way when in a new situation. But we hope you see the people of Fishers to be ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be.
“I just want to watch at first and I know that they will try to involve me or sign me up.” It is unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a “membership drive”, isn’t it? We believe that church membership should be a voluntary thing, and that the most important thing is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It takes time for this to be cultivated. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement. We believe we should respect that need.
“I don’t know that much about the Bible.” Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. And remember, even our wisest members sometimes say, “I don’t know.”
We hope this has answered most of your questions about worshiping God with us. If we did not answer all of your questions, feel free to contact us or ask a greeter as you enter church on Sunday. Hope to see you soon!