What to expect at our Worship Gatherings.
Our Attridge Congregation gathers for corporate worship at 10:30 am each Sunday. As you arrive at our facility, you will be welcomed at the main door by a greeter – who will help you find where you are going. If you have children with you, our GroveKids team will help you get your children signed it and dropped off at their classrooms before the service begins. The people serving at our Welcome Centre in the main lobby will also be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Our Sunday corporate worship services typically are between 80 – 90 minutes long. People wear what they are comfortable in – which means some people dress quite casually and others dress more formal.
We begin our worship gatherings with a short introduction to the service. This time often includes a call to worship and Church Family Life.
Following this short introduction to the service is the sermon.
After the sermon, we enter into a time of response to what God has revealed in the teaching of Scripture. We recognize that many people respond during times of song but there are other important responses too. We see silence, spoken prayer, the taking of communion, encouraging each other and even giving of our finances as ways we respond to God. In our gatherings, we want to have many ways for people to respond as we see Jesus revealed. For our whole community of faith to respond, we also need a variety of ways of approaching “worship language.” There are many ways to express worship, but we want to make sure our expression comes from a right heart. Our desire at Forest Grove Attridge is to become passionate and authentic worshipers of Jesus. Even though our primary worship language includes contemporary music, we also want to reach out beyond our preferences and learn how to worship in ways beyond what might be most familiar to us.
Our responses may including music, art, prayer, creative media and even silence. Occasionally we have baptism and communion components as well. Although we value all styles and ages of music, most of our music at our Attridge Congregation is led by a full band and is contemporary in feel.
Our hope is that this “Revelation – Response” format elevates the role of Scripture and the sermon in our services, allowing our congregation to respond in community to what was revealed through the Scripture that day.
We value the opportunity to end our time together each Sunday by gathering in inter-generational community and worshiping Jesus. We believe it is empowering for families to conclude the service together, receive the benediction and be sent out as a family.
For information on how this format affects our children’s ministries, please visit our GroveKids page .