WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY KIDS WHEN I ARRIVE?
If you decide to attend our Bible classes, there will be classes for your children when you arrive. Ask any member where your child's age group is meeting and they will happily direct you to the right place. Adults meet for Bible class in the auditorium. During the worship hour, children remain in the auditorium. In our weekly bulletin, we offer guided notes for adults and children to complete during the sermon. In addition, we have a room for parents to take their children if they are not cooperating. This room has audio and offers a full window view of the auditorium so you can still be part of worship. We also offer a room for nursing mothers.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Though the Bible does not provide a strict dress code, it does suggest that we are all to be modestly attired. Also, since worship is an expression of our love for the Lord, we seek to express this in our appearance. At Westside, you will find people in a variety of clothing, from jeans and slacks to suits and dresses.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You are not expected to bring anything. However, to enhance your experience, we suggest you bring a Bible. If you don't have one, we can help provide one for you.
WHERE SHOULD I SIT?
There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit wherever you are most comfortable.
IF I'M NEW, CAN I TAKE THE LORDS' SUPPER?
Paul wrote, "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28). While it is true that the Lord's Supper is designed for disciples of Christ, it is no one's place to tell another whether or not they are properly prepared to take communion. Whether you decide to participate or not can only be determined by your personal decision based on your relationship with Jesus. There is no need to feel embarrassed if you choose not to participate - simply pass the tray to the person next to you.
WHY ARE THERE NO INSTRUMENTS DURING THE SINGING?
New Testament worship was simple. While mechanical instruments were used in the Old Testament to accompany praise to God, in the New Testament, the instrument used was the "heart" (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). In our efforts to restore New Testament Christianity, we simply follow the pattern found there.
WHAT DOES "CHURCH OF CHRIST" MEAN?
While that is the name on our sign and website, it's more of a description than a title. "Church" is not a place you go or a thing you do, it's God's family. We could just as easily call ourselves "the church of Jesus," or "Christ's church." In fact, one of the names for the church in the first century was "the Way," and any of these names would be acceptable (Romans 16:16; Acts 9:2; 24:14)! We chose "church of Christ" because of its history in the Restoration Movement, a time when many people were returning to the simple Christianity that Jesus established for us.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "PLACE MEMBERSHIP"?
In the New Testament, the universal, or worldwide, church, was made up of many different local congregations (e.g. Acts 8:1; 9:31; 13:1; 14:23; Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 4:7; 14:33; 16:19; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 4:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; Revelation 1:11). While anyone can become a member of Christ's church by obeying the gospel (Acts 2:47), it is our responsibility as members of the universal church to identify with a local church. We see this done throughout scripture in a variety of ways. One can be introduced by a well-known, well-respected brother in Christ (Acts 9:26-27). A letter of recommendation can be sent by sound individuals or another sound congregation (Romans 16:1-2; Colossians 4:10; Acts 18:27). One can even serve as his or her own witness (2 Corinthians 3:1-2). There is a purpose to this. In becoming a member of a local church, we place ourselves under the rule and care of that church's leadership (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17). We also accept responsibilities which come with membership, using our gifts to help a congregation serve other members and reach the world. If you are interested in becoming a member at Westside, let us know and we will schedule a time for you to meet with our elders.