Where is the church located?
The church is located at 5005 Chicago Road, halfway between Mound Road to the East and Ryan road to the West. Chicago Road is ½ mile north of 13 Mile Road. The building is on the north side of the road.
Where do I park?
Parking is abundant in both our east and north lots.
The west driveway takes you behind the building to the north lot. The north entrance is a covered, handicap-accessible ramp with auto-door opener and close parking. There is a lift for those who cannot use the stairs to the lower level. The sanctuary and office areas are handicap-accessible as well.
The east driveway gives you access to the east entrance. The east entrance is on the ground level and you must go up a flight of stairs to reach the main level or down a flight to the lower level.
How will I know where to go once I’m there?
On Sunday mornings, you will find a greeter at the east and north entrances. Greeters will help you find coat racks on the main level in the fellowship hall, locate restrooms, the nursery, and the sanctuary. Once you are in the sanctuary, Ushers will help you with bulletins (which guide the worship service), large print bulletins, hearing assist devices, and large print hymnals/songbooks.
What does worship look like?
Our typical worship service includes a time of news and announcements, time for silent prayer and meditation, special music and hymns, a children’s message, sharing of joys and concerns, pastoral prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Scripture readings, the sermon, an offering, and a closing benediction. There are hymnals, or songbooks, and Bibles in each pew for your use. Children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks are in the pews.
How will I know what is happening?
The Order of Worship and congregational responses are printed in bulletins to guide you in worship. Worship is “the work of the people” here at Warren First. From musicians to readers, our worship includes people of all ages—children, youth, adults, and seniors—all offering their gifts to God.
Am I expected to give money?
Financial offerings are part of our gifts in worship. As a first-time worshiper, you are guests. If you choose, you may contribute to the ministries of Warren First during worship by using one of the envelopes in the pew pockets.
What am I expected to wear?
Dress as you feel comfortable. You will find jeans and suits, dresses and flip flops (in season). We are glad you have chosen to worship God at Warren First and hope you will be comfortable to come as you are.
Are children welcome?
Yes please! Children are a welcome addition to our worship each and every Sunday. Pew Pals (activity bags) are available as you enter the sanctuary. A special message is shared by the pastor at the beginning of the service. Children (ages 3-12) may join in Sunday School after the children’s message. Sunday School classes are held in the fellowship hall and parents may collect their children from their class area and enjoy coffee hour after worship.
What about infants?
Infants, toddlers, and children are welcome in the sanctuary during the worship service. If the little ones get wiggly or uncomfortable, a Comfort Room is available for diaper changes, nursing, or simply moving around while parents listen to the service. Age appropriate toys as well as a crib for napping, rocking chairs for calming and cuddling are available.
When is Holy Communion celebrated?
Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. It is common for us to take the elements of bread and unfermented juice by intinction—tearing a piece of bread from the offered loaf and dipping it in the chalice of juice. During cold and flu season, individual cups and pre-cut bread cubes are served. Gluten-free bread is available. Ask a server for the alternative bread or cup. All are invited to celebrate Communion, but you may choose whether or not you wish to participate.
Is Coffee Hour really an hour long?
Coffee Hour is less about time and more about making relationships. Everyone is invited to a time of conversation and coffee (and snacks, juice, tea, and more) in the fellowship hall on the east end of the building. The coffee is on until the last one leaves!
The door sign says nut, latex, and fragrance free. What does that mean?
It means that we know people have sensitivities and life-threatening reactions to certain substances. We want to provide the safest, most caring place for worship and spiritual development to happen. The church policy asks everyone to keep all kinds of nuts, nut oils, nut candies, latex gloves and first aid items from entering the building. We also ask everyone to restrict the use of colognes, perfumes, and aftershave products.
If you have any kind of allergy or sensitivity, please call the church office to let us know. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.