We're excited for you join us!
The first thing we want anyone interested in visiting our church to know is that we know visiting a church can be daunting. When you don't know anyone, or how the church does things, or even where you're supposed to go, it can be challenging - even stressful. The last thing we want is for your visit to be stressful! We hope the following information will be helpful. However, please don't hesitate to call our office and speak with one of our kind and helpful administrative assistants if you have more questions. You can reach them at 407-384-3300.
We have one Sunday morning worship service at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Nursery (for newborn children through 24 months) is provided. Our service follows a liturgical order, but you do not need to know anything ahead of time in order to participate. Everything the congregation is encouraged to sing, say, and do, is explained in the worship guide (bulletin) and projected on large screens. If you have a Bible we would encourage you to bring it. But, we provide Bibles underneath the chairs as well. On your first visit we'd simply encourage you to watch, listen, and see what we do. Don't feel any pressure to do anything. We'll be happy and grateful to have you with us.
Sunday School -
During the 10:00 a.m. service Sunday School is provided for 2 year old's through Kindergarten.
The Lord's Supper -
First, if you're not familiar with The Lord's Supper (or Communion), we hope this explanation will be helpful. We celebrate The Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the month, and on special occasions. During the Lord's Supper, we serve both wine and white grape juice, so that those who have a scruple about drinking alcohol have an option. We also make gluten-free bread available for those with wheat and gluten allergies.
We take up an offering in every service. Our church is not centrally funded and the finances are the responsibility of church members. If you do not wish to contribute, just let the basket pass by. Many members arrange their giving online, so a significant portion of the congregation will not be putting anything in the basket. While guests are welcome to give, we do not want them to feel any pressure whatsoever to do so.
If you’ve only attended “traditional” church services, you may be surprised to see a variety of musicians at our services, from a simple keyboard and guitar to a full band. The songs we use vary from the traditional hymns to more modern worship songs. We have a video projector and large screen, onto which the song words are projected, so you should have no difficulty keeping up. Our congregation has a wide range of musical ability—so if you can’t sing or don’t know the tune, you won’t be the only one.
Since the church began in 1991, the preaching at UPC has been one of our greatest strengths. In our denomination (the PCA), pastors are required to recieve extensive training in understanding and explaining the Bible. Therefore, PCA churches are generally known for clear, biblical, and applicable teaching. At UPC our pastors preach Christ-centered, expository sermons. This means all of our sermons are designed to build listeners up in their understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This also means our pastors do not ignore challenging passages or topics. We believe the answers to all of life's questions are found in Christ; therefore, our pastors labor to show the constant relevance of the good news of Jesus Christ.
We LOVE children! Children of all ages are more than welcome in our worship services. We don't mind if they squirm, cry, fuss, or fidget. We enjoy their presence in worship because we worship the One who said, "Let the little children come unto me..." Please feel more than welcome to bring your children (even your littlest ones) with you to worship. We have a "Cry Room" for nursing mothers and crying infants. If you're not comfortable bringing your children to worship (which is totally understandable), we offer classes and programs for children of all ages, including a nursery for babies. For more information please go to our Children's Ministry page.
People with Disabilities -
The church has front row parking available for people with disabilities, as well as wheelchair access. Please, if you need any assistance, ask a member of our Welcome Team.