Before you head out to be our guest at Restoration, you might be wondering what to wear. The answer is: whatever you want. We are a very casual church—pastor Tim Ward and the worship team generally dress comfortably (jeans, shorts if its nice outside); others opt for slightly nicer dress. Provided you have clothes on, whatever you want to wear is totally, 100% appropriate.
When you arrive, you can expect to be greeted by folks who are happy you have chosen to check us out. Park anywhere you like and head inside through the doors by the parking lot (you’ll see signs pointing you in this direction). Tim Ward, Restoration’s pastor, stands out front greeting folks. If you have kids under the age of five, the first classroom on the left plays host to Restoration’s nursery. You are welcome to get them registered and drop them off for the duration of the service, or if you want to keep them close with you, no problem, they are welcome to stay with you during the service as well.
Next stop, turn right into the cafeteria and join our pre-worship hang out time, complete with coffee, lemonade, and snacks. Stop by our connection table to grab a nametag (we all wear them… remembering names are hard!). If you have elementary-aged kids, stop by our KidsLife table to get them checked in. At Restoration, we have our elementary schoolers join us for the first 15 minutes of our service (three songs and a prayer), and then they are excused to join our KidsLife Sunday morning program. Once you have everyone checked in, nametags on, and you’re appropriately caffeinated, head on into the gym around 10:00am for the start of our service. You’ll know when it’s time because you’ll hear our worship leader get on the mic and say “good morning and welcome to Restoration.”
During the service, we begin by singing two to three modern worship songs (things you might hear on Christian radio or Spotify playlists), followed by a prayer. Kids are then invited to head out for our KidsLife Sunday morning program, and the rest of us take a minute or two to greet each other. It’s important to us that we know one another… that’s why we do this. We then do announcements about things going on in the church and hear a message from our pastor. We hope that you will participate in anything that you want.
To end our service, we serve communion and sing one more song together. Communion—a time to remember the last Supper Jesus had and to be reminded of God’s grace—at Restoration is done as an “open table,” meaning anyone who wants to participate is welcome. We have three stations (one in the back of the gym and two up front, one of which is gluten-free). We don’t dismiss by rows, you can come when you are ready. It’s also totally OK if you do not want to participate, feel free to remain in your seat, or you can visit our prayer wall at the back of the gym. Once everyone who wants to participate has been served, we wrap up service with one more song, followed by a benediction (final words from the pastor to send us all on our way).