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At CenterPoint, we understand that visiting a church for the first time can be a bit of a leap of faith, not knowing what to expect. You probably have many questions you’d like to have answered before you visit, so we’ve provided some answers below to commonly asked questions. Click the questions for our response and feel free to contact us with any other questions!

What are the people like?
Obviously everyone’s different, but at CenterPoint you’ll find people that are real. You won’t find a place where you’re expected to put on a pasted smile and be someone you’re not. The people are genuinely friendly – not fake – and they support and encourage each other in their spiritual journeys. We’re all at different points along that journey and have our own struggles, but at CenterPoint everyone is accepted as s/he (really!!), and you will be encouraged to become all God wants you to be. Our congregation is very representative of the cross section of Lewis Center, with young families making up the largest demographic. Our worship size is about 120 people – large enough to be comfortable, and yet small enough to keep a family atmosphere and make real friends.

What should I wear?
One thing you won’t find at CenterPoint Church is a dress code, written or otherwise. Since God looks at the heart, so do we. There’s no need to dress up and put on your “Sunday best” when you visit. Just come as you are and receive a warm welcome. We want our worship to be a place where we can all be completely authentic with God and each other. So dress casually and comfortably.

What do you have for my kids?
NURSERY: The nursery is open every Sunday for infants up to age four. Our attendants are the same people each week and they have undergone background checks. KIDSOWN WORSHIP: Preschoolers to 5th graders are dismissed after the opening songs for their individual classes. Each quarter focuses on a different foundational truth about God and consists of fun, themed, age-appropriate lessons. GRAPPLE: Middle Schoolers are also dismissed from worship after the opening songs on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month to grapple with important questions about God and living the Christian life.

What will the church service be like?
Our service generally looks like this:

  • We sing a few songs with our praise band to glorify God and praise Him together
  • We share a few announcements
  • We’ll take an offering (when the offering is taken for ministry expenses, don’t feel obligated to give. We’re not after your money (really!), we care about you. So feel free to let the offering plate pass you by and let us give and minister to you as our guest.)
  • Pastor Nathan will share an encouraging and relevant message
  • We’ll sing another song and close with a blessing

The service lasts about an hour – give or take a few minutes. You’ll also find that at CenterPoint we seek to utilize modern arts and technology in order to worship in a way that is current. We use videos, dramas, movie clips, interviews, and other visual arts to engage your heart and mind, all in an attempt to help you worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Will I have to stand and introduce myself?
No, no, no (we promise!)! At CenterPoint you won’t be singled out or pressured. Simply participate as you please and feel free to worship God as you feel comfortable.

What’s the music like?

Music has the power to speak to the heart. At CenterPoint you’ll experience modern music, led by our worship director, Eric, and supported by our house band and our praise team. The music is at times upbeat and celebratory and at other times reflective and worshipful. We sing easy-to-learn, contemporary songs.

For an example of the music you might find at CenterPoint, a Spotify playlist has been assembled for you:

What are the messages like?
At CenterPoint you’ll hear messages focused on real-life issues. Based solidly on Scripture, they’re designed to answer your spiritual questions and give Biblical insights as to how to deal with the situations we all face in life. Pastor Nathan Weller is dedicated to making the truths of God’s Word understandable and applicable. You won’t be bored with long sermons that put you to sleep nor will you receive a guilt trip and be pushed into making spiritual decisions you’re not ready to make. You will be challenged and uplifted with Biblical principles that will lead you and your family to a happier, healthier life together.

What’s the building like?
At CenterPoint we worship in a very non-traditional place, because we believe the church is the people, not a building. We have a play place for the kids; our own CP Cafe; separate spaces for the nursery, KidsOwn Worship and Middle School Group; and our celebration room is part of a huge space with endless possibilities!

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been to church, CenterPoint has you in mind! There’s already enough you have to think about when you’re visiting a church for the first time. We hope that getting some of this “stuff” out of the way not only encourages you to join us for worship, but also helps you to connect with the hope and encouragement that God has for you.

 

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