Attending a new church can be daunting, regardless of how familiar you are with Christianity. You should know that at The Church at West Creek we find our hope not in ourselves, but in Jesus Christ. We would love to meet you, warmly welcome you into our community, and point you to that same hope. Here are a few questions you might have that can give you a better idea of what to expect:
When are services?
Our Sunday Gatherings kick off with our Core Seminars & Kids Gospel Project at 9:45 AM (rear entrance) before our Sunday Worship at 10:45AM (main entrance). Our midweek gathering time, which we call Community Groups, gathers Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Due to COVID, our community groups have been consolidated to a single group meeting at the church to maintain social distancing (main entrance). You can read our full COVID-19 Response, and gathering options here.
What do services look like?
Our services generally last a little more than an hour and consist of worship through music, prayer, and preaching. Our music ranges from the hymns you have probably heard all your life to more contemporary songs all that praise our Lord in truth and beauty as we sing together. We believe that preaching is most effective when the Bible speaks for itself so we are usually walking through a book of the bible together, verse by verse. For a full description of each of our gatherings, including community groups, core seminars, West Creek Kids, and more, see here.
What do I wear?
At West Creek we want you to feel comfortable (whether that is in a full suit and tie or in shorts and sandals). We only ask that you dress in a way that would not be inappropriate to children (clothing with graphic images or adult language). "Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
What about my kids?
Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to join their parents in making a joyful (and likely loud) noise to God with us. We believe that one of the greatest lessons your children can ever receive is to see their parents worship Christ. If you need to step out of the service at any point, don't worry about it at all, feel free to slip into the foyer where you can still see and hear the service. Before the sermon, we have a dedicated Kids Time that shares the truth of the gospel in an accessible and memorable way. Kids under school age can stay in the service with their parents or be dismissed to a separate lesson with two of our team members, who have been background checked and are here to serve you and your family. We love seeing children in the church so please do not feel embarrassed to talk to us if your child has a unique situation or need. "but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'" (Matt. 19:14)
Is the church handicap accessible?
Yes, it is! We have a ramp leading from the parking lot to the main entrance, an ADA compliant restroom, and a chair lift in the building.
What kind of a church is The Church at West Creek?
The Church at West Creek is a Great Commission Baptist Church. This means that we are fully committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant word, believer’s baptism by immersion, and setting the Gospel at the center of everything we do. You can read our Statement of Faith here, and ask our staff any questions.
What is the Gospel?
This world is broken. We see diseases, hatred, and death all around us and even in the sinful things that we all have done. All that God created was good (Gen. 1:31), but our sin has broken this goodness and now we deserve death and the wrath of God (Rom. 6:23). We can try to fix this ourselves as much as we want, but there is no lasting solution (Prov. 14:12). Only God can fix this mess we have made. Even though we deserve this punishment because of our sin, God in his great love for us sent Christ to die in our place (Col. 2:14). Christ’s sacrifice is lasting because he lived a sinless life in a way that we could not (2 Cor. 5:21). Christ took on our sin so that we could stand before God once again by turning from our sins and believing in Him (Rom. 10:9). The Gospel is what saves us and the Gospel is what sustains us. In the Gospel we can now pursue God’s design and live with him for eternity (Phil. 2:13).
How can I become a member?
In 1 Corinthians 12:27, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, "Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it." One of the first steps in being a faithful follower of Jesus is to become a vital member of a local church body, like West Creek. Christians are called to assemble together regularly to build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25), to encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14), to work together to get the Gospel to lost people around the world (Matthew 28:18-20), to protect each other from sin (James 5:19-20), to guard the church from hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18), and to be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17). To faithfully follow these commands, Christians lock arms with other believers in a local assembly to foster deep, authentic, God-glorifying, sin-fighting relationships. Membership at West Creek involves a four-week class, called Membership Matters, where we explain what church membership looks like and answer any questions you might have. After the class, prospective members have the opportunity to meet with the elders and then to be affirmed by the congregation in celebration and covenant. If you're interested in becoming a member of The Church at West Creek, sign up for the next round of our Membership Matters!