Guest’s Guide

We invite you to join us at any of our services or for Sunday School. Current service times are posted here. We’ve written this guide because we want your visit to be a pleasant one. We are happy to help answer any questions.

What to wear:
Whether you prefer to dress casually or wear your Sunday best we’re happy to have you come as you are.

For those with physical challenges:
We try to be an inclusive church. Our premises are accessible for those with disabilities and we have reserved parking spaces near the entrance. If you wish to discuss specific needs please contact us.

When you arrive:
We have plenty of parking available. If the main lot happens to be full, we have overflow parking available at the office center next door just south of the church. Feel free to drop off any passengers at the front door.

As you enter the building you’ll be greeted by one of the many friendly folks at Oak Park who’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Grab a cup of coffee or juice and look around before the service starts.

If you have small children (age 3 or younger) be sure to check out the nursery at the end of the hall. After signing in, you’ll be provided with a small vibrating pager that will notify you if you’re needed during the service.

Sunday School:
Sunday School is offered for all ages from September through May.

During the service:
Each service includes music, prayer, and a message from God’s Word, the Bible. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion) the first Sunday of each month.

Music:
We usually offer two services each Sunday. Typically both are identical with minor changes to the style of music. The first service is more traditional in taste, and the second service is more contemporary.

Prayer:
Prayer is an important part of the Christian life and our service as well. Prayer requests can be shared using the cards found in the seat pockets in front of you.

Message:
We want God’s word to be understandable and applicable to everyone of all ages. After the music has concluded in our second service, children ages 4-6 are dismissed to Children’s Church in the Elim Room.

Older kids ages 7-11 can participate in the 7-11 Club by grabbing a colorful clip board in the foyer before the service. They earn points by bringing their Bible to church and taking notes during the sermon. They can earn additional points when they take notes as well. Points can be saved or redeemed for prizes, so make sure they bring their clipboard and notes sheet back to the collection area after the service.

The Lord’s Supper:
The Bible says…

The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
–1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV)

We celebrate The Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month. After the sermon, the Elders of the church will distribute small crackers and cups of juice. Gluten free bread is available upon request.

The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus with His disciples. The purpose of this ceremony is to remind us of the Lord’s sacrifice on our behalf, until He returns. The Lord’s Supper is to be taken only by those persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Please wait to eat and drink until all have been served.

After The Service:
Hang around awhile and meet some of your neighbors. Also keep in mind there are many additional opportunities each week to participate in. Check out the weekly bulletin for a list of what’s going on.

It’s ok if you’re not ready for that just yet, but you’re always invited and we hope to see you again next Sunday!