MEETS @ ALCOA HIGH SCHOOL (NEW BUILDING)
1205 LODGE STREET | ALCOA, TN 37701
When does service begin and end?
Right now, we are offering a service from 9:00am-10:00am in the AHS Atrium with communion and sermon, alongside limited and concurrent kids classes for elementary age, along with a "mommy/daddy and me room" for preschoolers and younger where parents stay with their kiddos and listen to the audio simulcast while watching the prayer and song slides.
Our normal worship service is from 10:30am-11:30am. This service is the same as 9:00am, with no concurrent kids classes.
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). We ask that you come about 10 minutes early to confirm registration for both services. There will be a greeter and usher at both doors keeping people socially distanced, checking you in, and guiding you to your table in the AHS Atrium, which is distanced from others.
We require all guests to wear a mask. 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, there are no shared surfaces of touching. Singing will be at the end of the service. Also, we ask that there be no ‘mingling’ inside. And lastly, you will also be dismissed by usher one table at a time.
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?
At present, and in an experimental phase, we have just classes for Kindergarten-3rd graders and 4th-5th graders, and those kids may be checked in by going to your immediate right upon entry (the front right section of the lunchroom at AHS). While COVID-19 is still an ongoing risk, we seat you and your other children (as well as every family unit) at your own table, a safe distance apart from all other tables.
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.