Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect on a typical Sunday?
Sundays with the Springfield Christians are warm and encouraging. We always seek to be reverent as we worship God, while understanding that stuffiness isn’t the same as reverence. Though we don’t always do things exactly the same way, you can expect some combination of singing, praying, a message from the Bible, and communion.
You won’t have to worry about being singled out in any way–we won’t put you through that. Also, you should know that when we take up the financial offering, newcomers aren’t expected to give at all. It won’t be weird if you just pass the basket on. 🙂
When do you meet?
We meet on Sundays at 9:30am for Bible class and 10:30 for worship. We also meet on Thursdays for Bible class at 7:00pm.
I'm new. Can I take communion?
Scripture teaches that communion (or “the Lord’s Supper,” as you’ll sometimes hear it called) is a memorial designed for those who’ve entered a covenant relationship with God. It’s a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus, to celebrate the rescue and forgiveness it’s brought into our lives, and to reaffirm our desire to continue in our relationship with God. Also, communion is a moment in which we celebrate our togetherness and connection as fellow followers of Jesus.
With all of that in mind, if you feel it makes sense for you to take communion, then you’re welcome to do so. (That said, if you’d rather not, just pass the tray on when it comes to you; no one will think you’re strange.)
When I come, what do I do with my kids?
We love kids and are excited to welcome yours. If you’re with us for our Bible class on Sunday at 9:30am or Thursday at 7:00pm, in addition to our adult class, we offer engaging Bible classes for children during the same time period.
Why don't you use any instruments?
Our singing is “acapella,” which simply means “without instrumental accompaniment.” Since the earliest Christians worshipped this way, and since the New Testament only mentions making music with our voices, we just sing.
How big is this church?
We are about 30 in number (and growing). But we don’t see our small size as a bad thing. A smaller church is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other better and form more authentic relationships.
What kind of church is this?
We’re a non-denominational church. We’re also independent and autonomous, which means we have no earthly headquarters or governing body telling us what we can and can’t do. We seek to use the Bible as our sole authority for everything we do as a church and as individuals. Our desire is to follow the pattern of the church as revealed in the New Testament. Though our sign says “Springfield Christians,” we are a church of Christ (see the next question for more information about the church of Christ).
What is the church of Christ?
The church of Christ is undenominational. We are not a part of any denominational organization. We are not connected with the Roman Catholic Church, Mormon Church, denominations in the Protestant Reformation, or any other group. We belong only to God. We are simply Christians, just as the disciples were called “Christians” in the first century (Acts 11:26). We strive to follow the pattern for the church that is found in the New Testament in order that today we might be just as the non-denominational church which Jesus founded nearly 2,000 years ago.
Is this church all about entertainment?
No. We have no baseball teams, no bowling leagues, nor do we put on recitals or plays. We have a simple building with classrooms, but there is no gymnasium, no kitchen, and no party room. Our goal is not to provide fun and food but to practice simple New Testament Christianity and place our focus on the one thing that matters: God.
Do you offer personal Bible studies?
Absolutely! We love doing personal Bible studies. Ken McDaniel, our preacher, is the one who does those. He’s been conducting individual Bible studies for several decades now and would be honored to help you or someone you know better understand God’s word. All you have to do is visit the Schedule a Study page to set up a time.