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Worship Q & A


What about kids?
At Eastgate, we love to share the love of God with children.  In addition to sitting with you during the worship service, we have a staffed nursery for young children and a worship opportunity for youth ages 3-9 during the worship service, starting after a time in the worship service called, "Moments with Young Disciples."

What is "Moments with Young Disciples"?
This is a time in the worship service when children are invited to come forward to hear a special story.  There is no age limits on who can come sit on the steps during this time.  Often parents will join small children.

After "Moments with Young Disciples," children ages 3-9 are invited to attend Children Worship & Wonder, which is a program designed to help kids experience worship and learn Bible stories in a relaxed way designed for young children, guided by trained adult volunteers.

What if my kids squirm or cry?
At Eastgate, you're surrounded by parents, grand-parents, and great-grandparents, aunts, uncles -- which is to say, we've all be around kids.  Don't worry or be embarrassed.  Fidgeting won't distract us.  If a child gets too fussy, feel free to take a walk down the hall or to the bathroom at any time.
What time is the worship service?
Worship begins at 10:25 am on Sunday mornings.  We hope that the slightly unusual time is easy to remember.

How long does a worship service last at Eastgate?
Most of our services are slightly longer than 1 hour.  Sometimes they are a little shorter, every once in a while a little longer.

What should I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable wearing.  Some people wear suits and dresses; some wear business casual; some wear jeans (or in the summer, shorts).  In the past year, our senior minister has led worship in everything from a 3-piece suit to a sweater, jeans, and boots.  We hope you won't worry about it too much -- people at Eastgate are more interested in seeing you than in what you're wearing.

What are the sermons like?
The sermons are an exploration of God's wisdom, recorded in the Bible, and how it can guide our lives today.  They are practical and engaging.  If you want a taste, you can find links to many of Rev. Joshua Patty's sermons here.

What is the music like?
Most people would describe the music as traditional, but it is not stuffy.  Most congregational songs are accompanied by organ or piano.  In most services, there is special music by the Choir or Bell Choir.

Will there be communion?
Yes, we celebrate the Lord's Supper in all of our worship services.  You do not have to be a member of Eastgate or of our denomination -- the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) -- to participate.  We believe that it is Jesus' table, so we simply extend his invitation to all who would come.

Will there be an monetary offering?
Yes.  We believe that one of the ways we respond to God is by giving of our money, our time, our passions, and our prayers.  We celebrate this opportunity in worship each week.