MEETS @ ALCOA HIGH SCHOOL (NEW BUILDING)
1205 LODGE STREET | ALCOA, TN 37701
When does service begin and end?
Ordinarily, our worship service will go from 10:00am
Currently, we meet in the AHS Atrium with communion and sermon, alongside classes from birth-5th grade (more here
What are your safety procedures during the pandemic?
We ask that you RSVP to the service in order to plan well for social distancing during this time (go to the homepage
for updated links). There will be a greeter at both doors checking you in, and instructing you to a table with a pre-determined number on it, much like at a restaurant. These tables are set at an appropriate distance from others.
For the time being, we also ask you to wear a mask. We know that nobody loves to wear one, but it is our polite request nonetheless. Parents are encouraged to mask children at the age where you believe they would appropriately be able to keep it on for 60 minutes.
During the service, we will sing with masks on, as well as take communion at our own tables.
Wait, where am I going again?
We are at Alcoa High School, which is right across the street from Alcoa Middle School. (The Middle School also has a church that meets there- Springbrook Vineyard
- and if you accidentally end up there you will be blessed. We love them.)
What should I wear?
We seek to have a welcoming environment in which everyone wears whatever makes them most comfortable. For some that may mean jeans or shorts and for others it may mean a suit.
Where will I take my children?
The answer depends on the age of the child. If your child is birth-preschool, head immediately to the right upon entering until you see at table in the hallway checking kids in. There will be a class for birth/toddlers, and an additional one for preschoolers.
If your child is in elementary school (K-5th), keep them in the service with you until the greeting (about 20 minutes into the service). At the beginning of the greeting, kids K-5th grade will be dismissed to their own classes (parents will be able to 'check-in' these kids before the service if they so choose). These kids will be dismissed down the opposite hallway (the far hallway from the doors), and will be returned to the worship service by the end of the service.
What will the music and preaching be like?
We ordinarily sing a blend of older hymns and more current worship songs. Music is led using piano and acoustic guitar, which creates a folksy, rock kind of sound.
During the sermons, the pastor relates passages in the Bible to everyday life challenges– no matter if you are Christian or not, seeking spirituality or not, skeptical or fervent. To listen/watch sermon audio click here!
Why do we say some of the same prayers and statements every week?
Thanks for asking! Many Christians think of worship as 'expressive,' a chance to show our love and gratitude to God. We agree. AND, we also think worship is a 'discipline,' a training for greater and better love of God and others. And like any discipline- like learning to play a sport or learning a musical instrument- you need repetition to improve. We want our true love of God and others to becomes a kind of 'muscle memory' that is more than just willed from the heart, but actually natural to one's very bones.
Another benefit of repeated prayers and songs is that it helps children and those who can't read more readily engage in worship. When you know what's coming next, you can 'use' the worship service as C.S. Lewis says, and not just 'think about' the service.