What to expect at essential church
Essential Church meets each Sunday. We have identical services at 9:30 or 11AM (pick the time that works best for you). Each service last between 55 and 65 minutes. We meet at the SparkHSV building near the intersection of Church St. & Pratt Ave. (Address: 1806 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801). As you arrive, you will find parking all around the SparkHSV building especially towards the back.
After parking, make your way to the front doors. If you have children, please use the side entrance to check in your kids. There will be signs and volunteers pointing you to the right location. These volunteers will be delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Find out more about our Essential Kids programming here.
As you come near the front door of the building, you’ll see a red tent. Tell the volunteer there you are new here. They’ll ask you to fill out a short form (only give the info you feel comfortable sharing). Then they’ll give you a gift bag which contains a small token to say “thanks for coming.” If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone at the tent for help.
In the lobby you will be handed a program, which has important information about the service and upcoming events. Part of your program is a connection card and an Essential Church pen. We ask everyone to fill out the connection card with the information you feel comfortable sharing. Also on the card is a place to write your prayer requests (which our prayer team will pray for during the week) and let us know about any next steps in your faith you would like to take, such as learning about our community groups, being baptized, etc. If you have not picked up your welcome gift, please take your completed connection card after the service to the information table to pick on up (the information table is near the front entrance)!
In the lobby, near the kitchen and restrooms, you will see our coffee area. The coffee, water, and Piper & Leaf Tea are absolutely free to you. Help yourself!
Once you’re ready to find a seat, take any seat you’d like. There are no rules or perimeters as to where to sit. All seating is open and available. Free free to sit where ever you feel most comfortable.
As the service begins, the band will begin playing the first of three songs. Feel free to sing along, or if you prefer, just observe.
After the songs are finished, the pastor comes to the stage for 25-30 minutes to teach a message from the Bible filled with 100% grace and 100% truth.
Next the band will come up and we will begin our response time. The band plays one final song. During the response time, our pastor and prayer team will be in the back if you need someone to pray for you or someone to talk with. There will be a quick announcement, then offering buckets will be passed. During the offering, please consider turning in your connection card. On the connection card there are opportunities for you to sign up for various things. There is also a place for your prayer requests.
If you have any questions about the service, or anything else, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We make it a point to respond quickly!
Hope to see you Sunday!