“Worship provides Christians with an opportunity to leave behind—for momentary and fragile periods—the structures of inequality and violence that pervade our lives and to imagine—even more, to experience—an alternative mode of being, a place and time where justice and peace are known—a foretaste of the reign of God . . . Political organization, action, and protest will always be necessary if we desire to reform society, but we must pursue ritual action as well—where in an environment of beauty and abundance, in gathering with neighbors and strangers, in the encounter of the Holy, we know a joy that makes us dissatisfied with anything less in our every day lives.” -Scott Haldmann
We know it’s not easy to visit a church for the first time, so we hope these FAQs are helpful. Feel free to reach out with any other questions that come to mind (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When is the worship service?
Our Sunday morning worship service is at 10:00 a.m. We are gathering outdoors only for Lawn Chair Church until it’s safe to return to gathering indoors. You can also livestream the worship service every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
When we resume gathering indoors the following questions might be helpful:
Where should I park?
You are welcome to park in one of the spaces reserved for visitors (these will be on your left as soon as you enter the parking lot). There is additional parking behind the church building.
Where is the sanctuary?
The sanctuary is located just inside the east doors, which are painted red.
What activities are available for my children on Sunday mornings?
If you have children, there are several options from which to choose. Children are always welcome in worship. For those who would like, a nursery is available for babies and toddlers (available from 9:00 a.m. through the conclusion of Sunday morning activities). Following the children’s moment in worship, three-year-olds through second graders are invited to participate in Children Worship & Wonder (which is our version of Children’s Church). Sunday Schools for all ages meet at 9:00 a.m.
What should I wear?
Feel free to come as you are and dress as you’d like. Here at Brentwood, you’ll find all different sorts of people from all different walks of life. Some people wear a tie or a dress and others have tattoos and piercings. Some people with tattoos and piercings wear a tie or a dress. You get the idea.
What about Sunday Schools?
Several Sunday Schools for children, youth, and adults of all ages start at 9:00 a.m.
What about accessibility for those with concerns about mobility?
Each of the entrances at Brentwood are accessible without having to use stairs (the east doors are the ones closest to the sanctuary, where there is a ramp next to the stairs; the other entrances do not have any stairs), and reserved parking is available at each of these entrances as well. Additionally, there is a commercial-grade elevator that allows for easy access between floors.
There is coffee, drinks, and snacks set up before and after each worship service, as well as Visitor Information Centers with informational brochures at each of our entrances.
In following the lead of our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we are striving to become a people of grace and welcome to all God’s children regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective; and we affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, for neither is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, for we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation.