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. Handicap accessible parking is in the north lot.
Is the facility handicap accessible?
Quick answer is yes! The north entrance is handicap accessible with an auto-door opener and parking. There is also a lift for those who cannot use the stairs to go to the lower level. The sanctuary, fellowship hall and offices are all accessible. Know that the east entrance is not handicap accessible.
We also know that some of our members and guests struggle with sight and sound. To help make our worship service more inclusive, we offer large print bulletins and hymnals as well as hearing assist devices. If you need assistance with any of these things, please ask an usher and he/she will be more than happy to assist you.
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 will help guide you through our service and offer information on what is happening in our church.
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, pastoral prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Scripture readings, the sermon, an offering, and a closing benediction. There are hymnals, songbooks, and Bibles in each pew for your use. Children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks are also 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?
Each week, an offering is taken up. It is an opportunity for God’s people to offer a gift back to God and help support the ministry God has called us to in this place. Each week, we stress that our guests are not expected to give, but that your presence is your gift. We simply ask that you fill out a connect card so that we know you were here. You can place that in the offering plate as your offering.
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, toddlers, and infants welcome?
Yes please! Whether you choose to send your child down for Sunday school or keep them in worship with you, children are always welcome. Pew Pals activity bags) are available as you enter the sanctuary.
Infants and toddlers are also welcome in the sanctuary during the worship service. If the little ones get wiggly or uncomfortable, the nursery is just around the corner. It has a space for changing diapers, nursing, or simply allowing the little one to wiggle and giggle. If you wish to stay with your child in the nursery, know that the service can be heard from that space.
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—a piece of bread is offered by the communion steward. You then dip it into 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.
What Is Coffee Hour and is it 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 after service.