“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” —Matthew 18:20
Pause, reflect, and worship
Attending church each Sunday is a respite from fast-paced daily living. We slow down for two hours each week to reflect, worship God, strengthen our spiritual connections, and refocus our lives on Jesus Christ. We attend with a community of Saints who are all trying to be more Christlike and learn from each other.
Church service times and schedules vary from congregation to congregation. However, you can always count on a similar format: one main meeting for everyone and one other class separated by age groups or general interests.
The main meeting each Sunday is called sacrament meeting. This meeting consists of songs, prayers, and sermons (or “talks”) given by different members of the congregation every week. But the most important part of the meeting is when we take the sacrament (similar to Communion).
When we take the sacrament each week, we promise to always remember Jesus, try our hardest to live as he did, and keep His commandments. The sacrament includes a special prayer to bless the bread—representing Jesus’s body—which is then offered to the congregation. Then there is a special prayer for the water—representing Jesus’s blood—which is again offered to the congregation. This is the most reverent part of all our meetings, during which the congregation quietly sits and ponders Jesus’s sacrifice.
A typical sacrament meeting will have three or four hymns sung by the entire congregation. There might also be additional musical numbers by a choir, a small group, or a soloist. Music adds a special spirit to our meetings and helps us feel closer to God—even if we sing off-key!
Sharing your faith
On the first Sunday of every month, there aren’t typical sermons. Instead, any member of the congregation can go up to the pulpit and express his or her feelings about the gospel. As we listen to the experiences of others and feel God’s Spirit fill our hearts, our own convictions and beliefs can be strengthened.
Before or after sacrament meeting, there are a variety of other classes for both children and adults. There’s something for everyone from 18 months old and up! We have a women’s group, men's group, youth group, children’s group, and general Sunday School classes. Each meet together for a lesson and discussion prepared by a member assigned to their group. These lessons are based on a different section of scripture each week. If you would like to attend these additional meetings, ask someone at church, and they’ll be happy to help you find the right classroom.
Come join us
Our Sunday meetings are entirely run by lay clergy and members of our congregation. We all pitch in and serve in different assignments or “callings.” This gives us opportunities to try new things and grow individually but also to learn from others’ experiences and perspectives. And we need you! Come be a part of our community. Share your talents with us, and help us grow.