Snellville Church of Christ
Sunday, April 22, 2018
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What to expect when you come to Snellville

The Church of Christ at Snellville is one of the most visitor-friendly places you might come to.  Here’s what to expect when you come for a visit.

When you walk in the front door, expect a friendly welcome.  You will be greeted personally by people who watch for visitors to help make them feel comfortable and at home at Snellville.  We will show you where you can go to class or where you can go to be seated in the church service.  Expect to see different kinds of people, different colors, and different ages.  Expect to see happy people;  not necessarily people with no problems, but people who are happy to be at this church.

Before the service begins, members and guests will be talking and visiting with one another.  Some will probably introduce themselves to you and welcome you.  When the service actually begins, some announcements will be made about upcoming events and various members’ needs.  One of our elders will make some brief comments about the significance of what we are doing here.  We will sing songs of praise, have prayer, share in the Lord’s Supper, take a collection, listen to Scripture reading, and hear a lesson from the Bible.

Expect the singing to sound great.  We only use congregational singing (not performers).  We use only vocal singing (not instrumental accompaniment).   You might be surprised to hear no instruments, only voices.  It won’t take long for you to realize it’s a wonderful way to sing and that we (you included) can make beautiful music together for the Lord’s praise and our encouragement.

The Lord’s Supper will be passed throughout the congregation for all believers to share.  The bread (we each break off for ourselves a small morsel) reminds us of Christ’s body, when God himself lived in human flesh.  The small cup reminds us of Christ’s blood, which he spilled when he died on the cross for our sins.  We each take one of the small cups (there are plenty for each person to have one), drink its contents, and replace the empty cup in the tray.

We pass plates to take up a collection from our members.  As we give to the church, we worship by this act, which represents our giving of ourselves to God.  We also join our resources together to support the church and its good works.  While you are welcome to give if you wish, visitors are not expected to do so and should not feel obligated to do so, just pass the plate when it comes by.

During the Bible lesson or sermon, you will notice that the Bible is the subject.  Bring your Bible with you and you will leave having learned something and knowing this wonderful book a little better.
Various men will lead prayers.  These are members of our congregation.  The prayers will be meaningful and sincere, spoken extemporaneously, not recited from memory or read from a book.
You don’t need to be concerned about knowing what to do, when to stand up or sit down, what words to say.  Nothing will happen that will make you feel uncomfortable or conspicuous.  There will be no puzzling rituals or unnatural behaviors.  Just come in, sit down, relax and enjoy a meaningful spiritual experience.
Our congregation is as much like a big family as a church can be.  We want you to feel like our welcomed guest.  You will also realize that you have not only been with some good people, but also that you have been with God.   That’s what you can expect.