Sunday Worship Services
8:30 AM - Worship with praise team
11:00 AM - Worship with hymns and choir
Sunday Worship Livestream
You can find worship livestreamed each Sunday here. If you miss the live stream, you can find our archive online!
Advent 2023: "A Better Christmas"
What would make for a better Christmas? Perhaps it would better weather – snow on Christmas Eve, or better presents under the tree, better family times, better parties, better decorations, a better recipe for that stuffing that no one ate last year, not even the dog!
But what if a better Christmas was not about improving our Christmas game? What if it was about addressing the deep longings of the heart for beauty, meaning, life, love? Come join us in our Christmas journey as we explore a better Christmas by considering a better beauty that is offered, better answers to our deepest longings, a better journey in life than we could design on our own, and a better joy and hope that is tied to Jesus who has come among us.
Advent 2023 Events
Holly Jolly Outreach - Dec. 1, Black Mountain, 5:30 pm
Sassafras on Sutton - Outside the Second Floor Entrance
A team of evangelists and youth will partner to share the joy of Christ with others, including gifts, crafts, and books for children!
Children’s Christmas Pageant - Dec. 3, Graham Chapel, During Worship
The children of Christ Community, dressed as shepherds, angels, magi, will be sharing the Christmas Story through word and song as welcome the season of Advent with a special presentation in worship on Sunday morning. Hear the tidings of comfort and joy from our children as they put on display for our 8:30am and 11am worship service the Good News of Emmanuel.
Thirst: Hope in the Darkness - Dec. 5, Chapel of the Prodigal, 7 pm
The Christmas season doesn’t offer much in the way of lament. Yet the Christmas story is full of unfulfilled longings, broken dreams, of a “people walking in darkness.” Join us on Tuesday Night, December 5th, as we cast our hopes and our fears, our fatigue and fallenness at the feet of our Savior. This will be a special time of music, prayer, and scripture as we cry out our greatest longings to a God who is with us in all of the hard places of life. Let’s be honest before the Lord together, and invite the Lord to minister to all of the places in our lives that are broken. Invite a friend that you know may be walking in a difficult place or perhaps has experienced a loss over this year. Meet us in the Chapel of the Prodigal at 7pm as we invite the light of Christ to overcome the darkness!
Christmas Cantata - Dec. 10, Graham Chapel, 5 pm
“A Christmas Collage: The Way, He Comes”
Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and scripture as the choir and orchestra present to us the greatness of our God breaking through into our world. Familiar hymns, ancient texts with new musical settings, and a new Christmas song that marvels at how God has come for us in a manger. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to participate in this year’s Christmas Cantata as we declare together at the end of our performance: “He rules the world!” Invite a friend to this festive evening of praise in Graham Chapel at 5pm on Sunday, December 10th.
Children’s Movie Night: Elf - Dec. 15, Gaither Fellowship Hall, 5:30 pm
Children's Ministry will be hosting their annual FAMILY movie night in the fellowship hall of Graham chapel. We will be watching the movie Elf this year. The night will start at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Please bring a sweet treat to share. Dressing up is encouraged as well as bringing a special stuffed animal to snuggle with as you enjoy the movie and fellowship.
Christmas Brunch - Dec. 17, Gaither Fellowship Hall, Between Services
Join the church family for Christmas fellowship in Gaither Fellowship Hall! Bring a brunch item to share!
Christmas Eve Morningand Candlelight Service - Dec. 24, Graham Chapel, One Service 11 am / Graham Chapel, 7 pm
Bookend your Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24th with worship in the morning at 11am and a Candlelight Service in the evening at 7pm in Graham Chapel. It promises to be a day filled with singing and hearing the message of a better joy and a better hope that is found in Jesus Christ. All of your favorite Christmas Hymns and a time honored tradition of singing “Silent Night” with the chapel filled with flickering candles. Come, joyful and triumphant!
Listen to our sermon archive here!
Second Sunday in Advent
Series: A Better Christmas
Richard White, Pastor
"Better Answers" - Luke 1:5-25
- If you put your December calendar in front of your small group, what would it reveal about the meaning of Christmas for you?
- What do you think are some of the central themes of Christmas?
- Prayer may not make our top ten list of what Christmas is all about, but God’s goodness and faithfulness in answering the prayerful longings of his people certainly should. Advent teaches us to be a praying people. What would be the answer to Jesus’ question in Luke 18:8 in your life (Will he find faith on the earth?)?
- In what way had God and heaven been silent in Zechariah and Elizabeth’s prayer life? How had he been silent in the nation’s prayer life? Has God been silent in any area of your life? If so, how are you doing with that, prayer-wise?
- Do you have any answers to prayer that were better than what you asked for?
- Prayer that endures is prayer that stays locked in on God’s character. This is what helps build God-room in our lives and circumstances. What does this story in Luke 1 and the entire Christmas story reveal about God’s character? What aspects of God’s character are you building your prayers on right now?
- Spend time seeking God’s face (praising him for who he is), before seeking his hand (asking him for your needs). Rejoice and praise him for his character and then ask in light of who He is. But don’t skimp on seeking his face, it’s foundational to prayer!
- If you returned to your December calendar and what your schedule reveals about what you think of Christmas, are there any changes you need to make to your calendar in light of God’s Word today?
Sunday Adult Classes
To go deeper in Bible study, we invite you to join one of our adult Sunday School classes.
Our online option (a livestream of the L. Nelson Bell class) is also offered from 10:15am - 11am on Facebook.
L. Nelson Bell Class
Sundays 10:15 AM - 11:AM
Gaither Fellowship Hall
Facilitated by Andy Wells
Please join us for any of our classes!
Verse-by-verse inductive study of the Bible, currently studying the Gospel of John.
10:00 a.m. - McGowan Center 117/118
(under the Chapel of the Prodigal)
Facilitators: Steve Foster, Lloyd Davis
Becoming thinking Christians in an unthinking age.
Fall 2023: Theology and Wonder, Part 2
10:00 a.m. - Belk 219
Facilitators: Deborah Wagner, David Taylor
The Merge class explores the big ideas behind the Christian faith and following Jesus as it relates to today's Christan walk. Through video teachings from various leaders and group discussion, this is a Sunday school setting with a philosophical vibe.
Currently studying "The Truth Project"
10:15 a.m. - Belk 148
(Belk Student Center)
Facilitators: Katie Hogan, Priscilla Maxwell
Youth & Children
Youth Sunday School (grades 6-12) meet on the 4th Floor of the Henry Building from 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School (Pre-K through 5th grade) meets on the 2nd floor of the Henry Building from 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Nursery (infant - Pre-K) generally operates year-round and is located on the 2nd floor of the Henry Building. The nursery is open from 8:45am through 12:30pm.
For more information about children's Sunday School, email Rachael below.
FaithWorks College Group
FaithWorks meets Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the McGowan Student Center to ask spiritual questions and consider the Gospel. Participants include atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Christians, and those who are searching. Members may provide testimonies or hear from guest speakers.
ALL are welcome!