What to Expect

2007-07-20 17.15.24Stepping into a new environment for the first time can be a little scary.  We understand that.  While we invite you to fully enter into our worship experience, we welcome you to participate in whatever way you are comfortable.  Before you visit Stumptown we want to give you a bit of an idea what to expect as you visit with our family.

When you come we hope that you will feel as part of the family.  (Sure families can be a little messy, but we also care for each other, laugh, cry, and support each other). When you arrive someone will be at the door to greet you and assist you.   If you have children someone will assist you to childcare.  If you would like to join us for Sunday School, we will help you find an appropriate class.  If you would like to just join us for the worship service, one of our ushers will be able to assist you to be seated or just come in and take a seat wherever you wish (don’t worry about taking someone’s seat… you are family, remember?).

Here are a couple other questions you may have:

SMC Outside PictureWhat does a worship service look like?
Our worship services at Stumptown include a variety of elements; we try to keep things fresh and interesting.  We have at time of singing, usually a mix of traditional and contemporary songs. We may have a time for the congregation to share what is happening in their life, we may have a children’s time, we may have someone specifically talk about how Jesus is real in his or her life.  We will have a time of teaching from the Bible.

 

How long will the service last?

Each Sunday is a unique worship experience, so the time may vary.  However, we seek to have a 75-minute worship service.

Will I have to stand up and introduce myself?

While we certainly want to get to know you, we will not ask you to stand and be singled out in the service.  Most people find that intimidating and we don’t want to do that to you.  You may be asked for connection information though, which is just for our pastor to send a thank-you note for coming, since he is not always able to personally connect with each visitor.  We do not share your information with anyone else, ever.

What should I wear?

You will find a range of dress at Stumptown. Some men wear suits and ties, and some women wear dresses or slacks.  However, you will also find people dressed more casually, in jeans and casual shirts.  Our advice to you is wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing.

Can I meet the pastor?

Absolutely.  If fact, our pastors would enjoy the chance to meet you.  If you would like to meet the pastors, please introduce yourself to them or ask another attender to introduce you to them.  Here is the link to our staff page which has contact information if you would like to send them a message right now.

When are your service times?

We gather each Sunday at 9 am for Sunday School and 10 am for our worship service.
During the 10 am worship service, childcare is provided for both the nursery (up to 2 years old) and toddler (2’s and 3’s) room. Greeters can assist you to the appropriate rooms.

How do I find you?

We are located at 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird in Hand, PA 17505.  Here is a link to directions.

Are there other ways we can connect with Stumptown?

On the first Sunday of each month we invite our guests to join us for a lunch in the fellowship hall following church.  It’s our small way of saying thank you for joining us and provides an informal time to get to know a few other people in the church.  If you are worshiping with us on a Sunday that we are hosting the lunch, we would enjoy having you as our guest.

We also have a variety of other ways you can get connected at Stumptown: women’s Bible study, youth groups, and various one-time events.  Check out the “Get Connected” or “Events” link at the top of this page.