Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).