What to Expect at Worship
WHAT TO EXPECT AT WORSHIP
On any Sunday, you’ll find people at Bethel Lutheran Church of all ages ready to welcome you with open arms. Most members are from Chapin, Ballentine, Irmo and the surrounding areas but many others travel greater distances to be part of our worshiping community. No matter where you are from, we think you'll discover that Bethel is a place where we love God, we love each other, and we love you!
Sunday worship begins at 10:00 a.m. When you arrive, an usher will give you a bulletin with an outline of the service. The service follows a traditional pattern of Lutheran worship, and includes hymns, prayers, a reading from Scripture, a sermon and sharing of Holy Communion. Worship usually lasts 75-90 minutes.
Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. However, we have no dress code or particular expectations about attire. Some folks will be in suits and ties, while others will be more casually dressed. We’re simply delighted by all who come.
When you worship, you’ll be asked to give us a little information about yourself on a visitor's card located in our “Friendship Pad,” a register of all worshipers. We’d love to know you were with us. You WILL be welcomed by those sitting around you. Bethel is a friendly congregation. When we “Share the Peace” (shake hands with those sitting around us) during the service, several people will probably welcome you and introduce themselves.
Children are always welcome in our worship services and we have special times for them during the services. We invite them to the altar for a blessing during communion. We bring them up to the altar for a special Children’s Sermon. We even let them get loud during the Noisy Offering as they collect change for specified charities. If you prefer, we also have a nursery, where you may leave your child in the care of nursery attendants. Children in the nursery also join us for the Children’s Sermon each week to receive the good news of the Lord.
We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. Offering envelopes are available and keep our gifts a private matter. We look to Christ and his love to motivate us in our giving, whether it is a child putting in coins or an adult writing out a check. You are always welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
Holy Communion is offered at Bethel each Sunday. The Lord's Supper is celebrated in the joyful confession that our Lord gives us His very Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins in this sacrament. Children who have been instructed in the meaning of Holy Communion are welcome to participate. Children who have not received instruction may come to the altar to receive a blessing. If you are physically unable to proceed to the altar, notify an usher and Holy Communion can be brought to you in your pew. If you do not wish to participate in Holy Communion, simply remain seated in your pew.
As the service ends Pastor Butler again welcomes everyone by shaking hands as we exit the sanctuary. Introduce yourself to him. He would love to meet you!
Prior to service each week, you are invited to join in one of our many Sunday school classes at 9:00 a.m. From a discussion of current issues in our “Wired Word” class to traditional bible based studies, you’ll be most welcome in any class you attend.
We’re happy to give you a quick tour of our church facility before or after services or answer any questions you might have. Simply contact us through the church office or make contact with our church greeters upon arrival.
We look forward to seeing you!
BECOME A MEMBER
We welcome all as we gather for worship or fellowship and are certain you will enjoy your time with us. Should you be interested in becoming a member of Bethel please contact Pastor Butler at 803-781-2134.