What to Expect
It would be our joy to meet you! At the People’s Church of Potter Brook, we endeavor to serve and minister to our members and guests at each service. Below, you will find answers to some commons questions about us and our weekly services.
Where is the Church?
- Our church is located two houses away from the intersection of Route 49 and Potter Brook Road. Our address is 62 Route 49, Westfield, PA.
Where do I go when I get there?
- Our parking lot is located behind our church building, with direct access off of Route 49. We have limited handicapped accessible parking.
- Inside our parking lot-facing, main entrance is a lobby with coat racks, information table, and clearly marked restrooms. From the lobby, there are two sets of double doors to enter the auditorium.
- On Sundays, our main entrance is staffed by greeters who can help direct you and provide you with printed information on the day’s events.
How should I dress?
- The dress in our church is as varied as the people who attend. On any Sunday you will notice suits and ties, dresses and high heels; and you will also find jeans and t-shirts.
- Our only request is that you dress modestly and respectfully in consideration of the occasion. We desire for all our members and guests to feel welcome.
Are there any children’s ministries?
- Our church desires to serve and minister to families and that certainly includes children!
- Our nursery is for children ages newborn through pre-school and is well-staffed, safe, and clean. All of our nursery workers are church members who have passed all required background checks. Our nursery is provided for our Sunday morning and evening services.
- Sunday School is available for children ages 3 through 18, divided into appropriate age range classes. The Youth Group currently serves ages 12 through 18 and is led by a deacon and his wife.
- Junior Church is an age appropriate service which runs concurrently to the preaching time of each Sunday morning service. Children K5 through 3rd grade are welcome to attend.
What is the music like?
- We desire to participate in and minister to one another with music that rightly presents biblical truth, exalts the character and glory of God, and directs us to the hope of the Gospel.
- We sing mostly traditional hymns of the faith while also incorporating modern hymns and worship songs that fulfill our purpose in music.
- Currently, our Sunday morning singing is led by a worship team and accompanied by piano and keyboard. To aid our congregational singing, we project the words of the songs to a large, central screen.
- Our focus in our singing together is our voices, joined to worship our Lord.
What can I expect on Sunday mornings?
- Following our Sunday School hour at 10:00 a.m., our morning service begins at 11:00 a.m.
- We seek to welcome our guests while not singling out guests. If you are able to visit us, our church family will desire to meet you and introduce themselves to you, and our greeters will be happy to answer any questions you might have. During the service, you will be presented with an opportunity to fill out a visitor card, if you would like to.
- Our Sunday morning service includes Scripture reading, prayer, congregational singing, a time of voluntary giving, and a Bible message. The morning’s sermon will have been carefully prepared in a desire to make the particular Bible passage clearly understood and plainly applied to the hearer’s life.
- Bring your Bible. We primarily use the New King James Version for our public teaching; however, we encourage the use of other reliable English translations such as the King James Version, New American Standard, English Standard Version, and New International Version. You will routinely hear these translations used within the Sunday sermon. If you do not have a Bible, ones are available throughout the auditorium.
- Our morning service usually lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes. While we seek for our service to be organized and purposeful, we are not ruled by the clock. We want to focus on worshipping the Lord, enjoying the fellowship with other believers, and hearing the Bible preached each Sunday morning.
What can I expect on Sunday evenings?
- While our Sunday morning services usually follow the same primary structure, our Sunday evenings do not. Our central focus for these gatherings is the church family. Normally, we meet at 7:00 p.m.
- On Sunday evenings we will work through a particular topic or area of teaching, hear from a missionary guest or share an update, participate in new member candidates sharing their testimonies, witnessing baptisms, etc. Each January we hold our church annual meeting on a Sunday evening.
- Every other month, we set aside one Sunday evening for a “Praise and Praises” service where we share testimonies and praises, participate in congregational singing, and minister to one another through special music.
- Regularly, we adjust our Sunday evening schedule to promote fellowship and relationship building both within the church and out. Occasionally this looks like adjusting the service time in conjunction with a church-wide lunch, or cancelling our evening service altogether.
What can I expect on Wednesday evenings?
- Our church family gathers again each Wednesday evening for prayer and Bible study. We meet at 7:00 p.m. in the main auditorium.
- Our pastor presents a 20-25 minute Bible study that encourages discussion and participation.
- Following the Bible study, we will spend the remaining time sharing church family prayer requests and then praying together in groups of two or three.
- Currently, we do not have any mid-week children’s ministries.