Visiting a church for the first time can be an adventure, especially at Easter.
Its nice to know what to expect, right? You’d love to ask, but you’re not sure who to ask or even if your question sounds silly.
6 Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting North Pointe
1. What should I wear?
We are a “come as you are” church. You’ll see all kinds of people and all kinds of styles. Some will wear a suit and tie (men or women). Some will wear a dress (women). Some will wear jeans and t-shirts. You may even see shorts (even if the weather isn’t warm enough – its Edmonton, eh).
Of all weekends, Easter tends to be a time to be a bit more dressy.
2. What will we do? What can I expect?
Show up early and grab a latte or tea, or hot chocolate made by our baristas at our Coffee Bar. You can bring your beverage into the service. Do you have children birth to Grade 8? See #5 below.
Easter weekend starts with our Good Friday service at 10:00am. The service focuses on the Crucifixion of Jesus. We call it a “Family” service because children ages 4 and older will be in attendance with their parents in “Big Church.”
Sunday services feature our Rock Choir accompanied by an 8 piece band, video, a hazer (water-based) and lighting effects. There will be a message from the Bible that will be understandable and practical.
In case you’re wondering, we will receive an offering. Our offerings support the full range of ministries we offer at North Pointe, in the community, and around the world. As our guest you are not required to participate during this time.
3. Will you embarrass me?
We certainly hope not. It will be a primary goal not to do that. You WILL NOT be singled out as a guest. We don’t make guests stand, raise their hand, or even fill out a card if you choose not to do so.
4. What time should I arrive?
We have ample parking and seating. Our service times on Sunday are 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm.
We suggest you get here a few minutes early, especially on Easter weekend. Maybe even as many as 10 minutes early. It takes a little while to make your way through our building, especially if you have children (see below) to check into our children’s areas or this is your first time. Make sure you visit our Coffee Area (see above).
5. Do you have something for children?
On Sunday, children, birth through Grade 8, have their own activities designed especially for them. They will enjoy an experience that will engage them at their level. Of course, you can bring your children with you in the adult service if that is more comfortable on a first visit, but our experience is that they truly do enjoy the service designed for them.
We have secure and easy ways to check your children in with our trained and caring volunteers. We have pagers for parents of children birth to age 3 to alert you to any needs.
6. Can I only come one time? What am I signing up for when I come Easter Weekend?
There’s no obligation beyond Easter Weekend. It’s a “free look.” Promise. We will invite you to fill out a Welcome Card if you want more info and, if you do, we will follow up with you. We won’t put any unfair pressure on you to ever come again. We hope you will, and we’d love it if Easter triggered that desire in you, but that’s your call — not ours.
I hope to see you at North Pointe this Easter weekend.