Where is the Church?
Visit our contact information page for details.
When are the services?
Visit our Worship Service Schedule page for details.
What are the services like?
Everything in the House of God is subject to the purpose of worshiping God. Worship is not liturgy; it is a living, sincere expression of our reverence, love, delight, and dependence on God. It is what dictates the form, content, and sometimes the order of actions and events during the service. For this reason you will hear prayers and singing which express our prayerful invocation to God as well as encouragement of each other. A great deal of time during the service is apportioned to the listening of God’s word preached since the understanding of God’s will leads us to obedience — a way of life which is an act of worship to God (1 Sam. 15:13).
If this is your first visit to our church, we are honored to share this experience with you. Allow us to offer a few recommendations which will be helpful during the service.
- Make it your aim to sincerely search for God. Search not so much for answers to urgent problems, but search to understand God Himself and what it is He desires from you.
- Think about the meaning of what is being said and sung in the church. Examine your hearts to see if it is able to agree with the message and join in the refrain.
- Listen to the sermon with a desire to understand what God thinks. If you find yourself confused by the thoughts presented in the sermon, if some principles presented seem to you inadequately supported by the Holy Word, of ir you have questions about how to practically apply what you just heard in your life, do not hesitated to ask one of our pastors about it at the end of service.
- If some aspect of the service seems unclear or unnatural to you, feel free to remain where you are and observe the proceeding from the side. No one will judge you for that.
- If, on the day you visit our church, you find we are performing Communion in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross for us, we invite you to remain with us till the end of service. Insofar as participation in Communion is commanded only for those who are born again, we suggest that you refrain from participating for the time being, and remain seated.
- If your first visit to our church caused you to have questions about, confusion, or interest in what you have seen, we want to encourage you to make it your aim to understand the essence of faith and Christian life. Regular church attendance, involvement in home groups, conversations with pastors and true believers, and reading of the Bible — these are the tools which will help you find answers to your questions. Most of all, pray to God that He may open Himself to you. And know that we are praying for you...
What should my attire be?
The church service is a time of our expression of worship to God and ministry to one another. Understanding of these goals helps with selecting the most appropriate clothing to wear which suit the occasion.
We make it our aim so that our external appearance would reflect the reverence of coming into God’s presence and of that special role this event has among all other events during the week. This is why we try to dress more formal than we normally do. Because the Church is a place of worship to God, and not our originality, we avoid a flashy appearance: the worship of God inherently assumes that there be humility and a focus on Him. Also, the principle of ministering to one another helps with selecting clothing which will respect the efforts of each church member in pursuing holiness.
Who can I talk to at church?
We do not want to neglect anyone who visits us! The Welcome Group is ready to help you with any question you might have. Members of this group will be happy to greet you at the entrance to the church and the main sanctuary.
If you would like for someone to meet you personally when you come to church to help you find your way around, we would be happy to serve you in that way. We all know what it is like to find ourselves in an unfamiliar place. Please call the church office, and the secretary will assist you with this.
Moreover, you can always turn to members of the congregation who sit with you or come up to one of the pastors after the service. We will be happy to meet you and serve you as we are able.
Is there something at church for my children?
Although we highly encourage parents to take children with them to each service, if the first time you want to focus more on the details of all that happens we provide childcare throughout the whole service. You may inquire about the location of the childcare room at the entrance to the sanctuary.
On Wednesdays during the Bible hour, all children 5-12 years old are welcome to attend Sunday school classes. The main goal of these classes is to instill the fear of God in children, tell them about salvation from sin brought by Jesus Christ, and teach them to practically live by the Bible. We will be happy to meet our little guests by the entrance to the small hall.
On Wednesdays at 7pm, young teens who attend our church also gather to study the Bible at CAM Academy across the street from our church. We always have enough room in our groups and hearts to receive your sons and daughters to take part of this event.
Is there something at church for the youth?
Without a doubt, the church is a place of passing on the faith to the next generation. This happens in various ways, one of which includes determined work with the youth. A youth service is held at our church every Sunday night at 6, with the exception of Sunday nights devoted to family services (see Worship Service Schedule for details).
Youth groups gather every Friday night at 7 in homes. The primary language used at youth events is English.
How big is this church?
Our church has a little less than a thousand members. Approximately 1200 people visit our church every Sunday. Because of seating limitations, every Sunday we hold two separate morning services.
What language do you speak in?
The core population of our fellowship consists of immigrants who have come from a post-soviet environment, their children, spouses, as well as local people. That being said, as the Russian language is the primary for the older generations, so English is for the majority of the young people who have come to USA at a young age (or who were born here), as well as locals, and for some English-speaking spouses of our Russian brothers and sisters. For this reason both languages are much in demand at our church.
The main services on Sunday and Wednesday are in Russian with interpretation available into English via headphones. Also, given that there are two services every Sunday morning, the second service is always fully in English. The youth services are generally in English with the exception of special speakers and occasions. Headphones may be found just inside the main sanctuary behind the sound booth. Majority of the home groups are also in Russian with the exception of youth groups and some family groups. Most discussions in Russian-speaking home groups may easily transition into English if the need arises. Our church also has several exclusively English home groups lead by our American members.
Both languages are widely used for various classes and ministries. You can find more information about a particular ministry by talking to the leader of that ministry.
Who can I ask a question of a spiritual nature?
The goal of the church is to bring people to God and help them in their spiritual life. This is why participation in the spiritual needs of other people is the joy and privilege of the church.
God has blessed our church with a wonderful team of God-fearing and wise pastors, capable of answering questions of various natures and help you to apply biblical truth even in the heaviest of crisis situations. Hundreds of members of our church can share about the faithfulness of Scripture they experienced in a time of disgrace and confusion, and about the amazing power of God, capable of transforming the life of a person no matter how deeply he or she has sunk into difficulties and sin.
Depending on what seems more natural to you, you have the option to:
- Email us your question at сhurch@slovo.org.
- Come up to a pastor at the end of any service.
- Have us call you, which would require you to fill out the "Welcome" card in the pew pocket of the pew in front of you.
- Call the church office and our secretaries will make every effort to arrange a meeting with our elders (see the contact information).
How can I become better acquainted with the people in this church?
This is a wonderful and natural desire! First and foremost, we would love to meet with you personally. To do this, fill out the "Welcome" card located in the pew pocket of every pew in the church, and then meet with the pastor responsible for guests and new members.
We would also like to recommend that you find yourself a real spiritual family in one of our home groups. If you need help choosing a group, please come up to the pastor responsible for guests and new members, and he will help you choose a group that will fit best with your location, language, and composition. For a full list of our groups click here.
Finally, there is nothing more unifying in church than a time of mutual worship of God. We want to encourage you to not miss any of the church services so that you may know more about the church and its life, and become better acquainted with other people as you invite them and are invited yourself. The Family services are a wonderful opportunity serving that end, allowing one to feel as a part of the life of the local church. You can find out more about our schedule of services here.
We also have special classes at our church:
- The "Foundations of Faith" class is open to all who want to know more about the essence of Christianity (this class is also mandatory in preparation for baptism).
- The "Biblical Foundations of Church Life" class explains what a Christian’s life looks in general, and particularly in the church (this class is recommended to all who want to become members of the local church).
How can I become a member of the local church?
Membership at Word of Grace is extended only to those who have been born again, who have testified of their commitment to God through water baptism at a conscious age, and who are live their life according to Biblical teachings. These are the defining criteria outlined in Scripture for becoming part of the church.
We invite you to meet with the pastor responsible for new members so that we can become better acquainted with you. We would also encourage you to attend home groups. In some cases we can recommend some classes which help to obtain a better understanding of the essence of the gospel and life in the local church.
You can find more detailed information about the process for becoming a member of the church in the church bylaws (point 3).
What is baptism? How can I be baptized?
We believe that conversion is a supernatural event enacted by the Holy Spirit wherein a person receives new life and a new divine nature (John. 3:3-7; Tit. 3:5). This occurs under the influence of the listening to the Word of God (John 5:24) when a repenting sinner, moved by the Holy Spirit, by faith receives Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Being truly born again is confirmed by fruits of repentance (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 2:10). They will become evident to the degree that a believer gives himself over to the Holy Spirit’s guidance through obedience to God’s Word (Eph. 5:17–21; Phil. 2:12; Col. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:4–10). This obedience leads the believer to a constant process of growth in faith, knowledge of truth, and in the likeness of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the church to have two symbolic signs which represent the spiritual processes in the lives of believers: water baptism and Communion (Acts 2:38–42). Baptism is a demonstration of faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Jesus Christ. Because baptism is a demonstration of the personal faith of the one being baptized, it is done at a conscious age of reason where a person is fully submerged, representing a union with Christ in death to sin and resurrection to a new life of obedience to God (Rom. 6:1–11). Baptism is also a tangible sign of belonging to the Body of Christ, which is the Church (Acts 2:41–42).
If you consider yourself to be a born-again person and you want to testify of your faith through water baptism, we encourage you to meet and talk with the pastor for new and potential members. This will help us to know you better and for you to either be established in your intentions based on Scripture, or to go deeper in understanding the essence of Christianity. In some cases we can recommend classes to help you better understand the faith and life of the local church.
How can I find a home group?
The home group ministry is one of those ministries which helps our church to have stable growth and development. It is here that pastoral help can be most accessible, mutual care of each member can be shown, and truth be applied in specific situations in life. We want to help you find a group which will be the best fit based on your location, language, and composition. The pastor for new and potential members will be happy to meet with you (see our contact information for more details).
How can I serve the church?
If you are a born-again individual, then the desire to serve other people is a natural need for you. The Bible, however, cautions us to prayerfully examine our own hearts to see whether it is governed by the Holy Spirit and a sincere love for people (1 Cor.3:12-15).
Serving in the church is not limited to official positions or participation in isolated events. The spirit of service is born in the heart and governs the actions of a Christian. This is why the person who wants to serve will first and foremost, genuinely and sacrificially serve his closest neighbors (family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc.). He will make every effort to faithfully fulfill the duties already given him by God and society. Only then will this person’s ministry in the church be free of reproach.
The Bible also calls us to go farther than serving those in our immediate environment. We are called to pray, evangelize, participate in the needs of the saints, encourage and support, serve with our home and material blessings, etc. Some of these ministries required special gifting from the Holy Spirit, experience, and knowledge of the Scripture, the majority, however, can be done by any member of the church. We call you to assess your time and opportunities to determine how you can be most useful to the Body of Christ.
We also believe that every person born again has specific spiritual gifts given by God, which are intended to build up the church, serve each other, and glorify God (Rom. 12:5–8; 1 Cor. 12:4—31;1 Pet. 4:10–11). Some of these gifts in development assume the need for the mentoring influence of more experienced Christians (preaching, shepherding, teaching, deacon work, etc.).
If in your heart you have the desire to serve, we invite you to meet with the leader of your home group, the pastor or leader of the ministry you are interested in to determine the wisest approach to applying your time and gifting for the growth of the church.