New To South Abbotsford Church?
We are glad that you have chosen to join us! We understand that visiting a church can be hard to do, but we look forward to meeting you!
What A Typical Service Looks Like
Our weekend services are a time where, as a community of diverse people, we all meet together to worship God. Come As You Are! South Abbotsford Church is a warm, inviting place. Please wear what you feel comfortable in. Whether it be jeans and a T-shirt or a full suit, we want you to come before God in a comfortable and appropriate manner. He doesn’t care what you look like on the outside, and neither do we. We want you to have freedom to worship Him, and not to worry about what you look like in the process. Please be appropriate, but be yourself!
As you go through the doors and enter the foyer, one of our greeters will welcome you with a handshake. If you have any questions, you can ask them or someone at the Information Wall which is straight across the foyer on the other side of the stairs.
The sanctuary where the Worship Services take place is entered directly off the foyer. As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will greet you and offer you a bulletin. The weekly bulletin has information on different ministries and events that are happening at South Abbotsford Church. You will be able to seat yourself wherever you feel comfortable whether it’s near the back or up at the front of the sanctuary.
Our services usually begin with a time of worship where a Worship Band, consisting of piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and singers, leads the congregation in lively, as well as, reflective music. Usually, the congregation is asked to stand during the singing time and a variety of responses are seen throughout the congregation from clapping and raising hands, to participation through observation. We encourage you to participate however you feel led.
We value prayer and supporting each other in prayer. Each weekend during the worship time, our prayer team will be available to pray with you.
During the service, we will also have a time for the giving of our financial resources. We call it an offering and, as a visitor, you are not obligated or expected to contribute. During offering time, offering plates are passed along each pew and people place their donations in the plate as it passes them. Many people also give electronically through a preauthorized payment plan or debit machine in the foyer.
Each weekend, one of our Pastors hosts the service and will highlight some things that are happening in the church through an announcement time.
About 10 - 20 minutes into the service, the children ages 3 - Grade 5 will be released to go to their Kids’ Quest classes. They always eagerly run out to go participate in their fun, hands-on Bible teaching. Our Kids’ Quest volunteers all are required to complete a criminal record check and are actively involved and committed to South Abbotsford Church. There is also a nursery for children approximately 6 months - 2 years to play in a supervised setting. Our nursery volunteers are mainly parents of babies and toddlers but also include others who enjoy working with this age group. All of our nursery volunteers have undergone a criminal background check. There is an electronic number system, where your child’s check-in number will appear in the sanctuary if there is any problem.
Dan Nicholson, our Senior Pastor, or one of the other Pastors will preach a sermon. These are usually about 30 minutes in length and explore something the Bible has to say about a topic that applies to our current lives. You can visit our sermon archives for samples of recent sermons.
We seek to present a relevant and engaging experience and would be pleased to have you come and visit us.