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 do we gather?
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 does Sunday morning worship look like?
Our main gathering on Sunday morning at 10:45 lasts a little more than an hour and consists 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?
We want all kids who come through our doors to feel welcomed and cherished. We have nursery available for all of morning worship for kids under kindergarten. Two background-checked, Jesus-loving volunteers will be ready to receive kids at 10:30. We want all those in nursery to experience the love of Christ in a safe, clean, and fun environment.
Kids who are in Kindergarten through fourth grade are welcome to participate in The Gospel Project. This is available during the sermon. Week by week, The Gospel Project walks kids through the entire Bible in a way that is accessible to them. We want kids to see how the entire Bible is one big story that centers on Jesus. We also want kids to see how they can begin to apply it to their lives. You can check in your kids prior to morning worship starting at 10:30. We also have a time of singing, crafts, and fun for kids during our core seminars hour.
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?
First and foremost, we are a Christian church! We want the Bible to drive what we believe, teach, and how we live. We believe the Bible's overarching message is that, for His glory, God is reconciling the world to Himself through King Jesus. We believe we are saved from our sins by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone according to Scripture alone. As far as further distinctions on how we organize our church and practice the ordinances, we are baptistic. This mainly means we baptize believers in Jesus by immersion and have no authority structure outside of our local church body (You can read our Statement of Faith here). We happily partner with other theologically like-minded churches for the sake of missions and training pastors.
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!