Have you attended a social event where everybody in attendance knows somebody in the crowd? It can be an awkward experience, feeling that everybody else has some kind of history and you are the odd one out!
Visiting a new church can often feel like you are visiting a country club. Everybody is really friendly- only to the person they already know. Am I going to fit in? Will I have anything in common with these people? Are they going to ask me for money? Will my children feel comfortable? How should I dress? Are people going to judge me if I have questions about God?
As a first time attendee, we want your experience at Rome SDA to be enjoyable and relaxing. If you are stressed, we are doing something wrong! Before you start feeling like you are the only visitor attending, keep in mind that on any given weekend, over 20% of the crowd is visiting. So you are not alone!
What should I expect?
When you arrive at Rome SDA Church for our 9:30 Song service and Sabbath school or 11:15am services, there will be someone to greet and welcome you (we call them our “greeters”). They will hand you a program guide with useful information concerning the worship service including church announcements, small group information and much more.
What should I wear?
You will notice that everybody is dressed in a variety of styles. Some people wear very comfortable casual clothes. You will also find some people dressed in a suit and tie. The bottom line is that you are welcome to dress however you feel comfortable!
What is the format of your Worship service?
The service usually begins with song service. We call this our time of worship when those in audience are invited to sing. If you do not know the songs, you can simply sit and enjoy the music. Don’t worry; nobody will put a microphone in your face!
After some time of singing, the platform participants will come through the side door, kneel and will have opening prayer. After prayer everyone will stand for the opening hymn. Next, someone will read a scripture reading relevant to the speakers sermon.
Following the Scripture reading tithes and offering which will be announced by the elder for what the offering will be for this week. After offering we encourage the children to collect an offering for special projects and share a story for the kids. Next will be intercessory prayer and special music. Following that the speaker will be introduced and present his or her sermon. After the sermon we will have a closing hymn and prayer.
Do you have any programs for children?
Yes! Rome SDA has a dynamic Children and Youth Sabbath School. If you have kids, you can send them to our kindergarten, primary, or youth classes (age appropriate) which starts at 10:00am and finishes around the same time as our 10:45am Adult Service. Children’s Worship is a dynamic worship service exclusively for kids. Directly after the service, children will be dismissed by the sabbath school teachers and will be directed to the sanctuary for worship service.
Do you have any programs for teens?
Yes! Rome SDA has a great class for your teens ages (12-17). We are currently using Messages to Young People study guide. The goal of Youth class is to provide an environment where youth can worship and experience God with their friends and to train and grow them into zealous adult worshipers.
Feel free to hang out and meet some of the folks from our church. Every month we offer a free luncheon on the second and fourth Saturdays.
We trust you will find your experience at Rome SDA friendly and spiritual. We want to help you grow in your spiritual journey. If there is anything we can do, let us know.