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What to expect at Church of the Foothills?

As a progressive Christian Church, we welcome all who are curious to learn more about Jesus’ vision of abundant life through scripture, community, and service to others. Your questions are welcome. You are invited to read and explore scripture from new vantage points. You are given permission to explore where resurrection might be unfolding in your own life.

If you are thinking about worshipping with us on Easter or any other Sunday, welcome. We would love to meet you. Here are some helpful tips about our gathering, our space, and our community.

When is Sunday worship?

We worship every Sunday at 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time) in our sanctuary and on Facebook.

We have additional worship services and gatherings throughout the year.

Am I really welcome?

Many churches proclaim a broad welcome, but when you read the fine print, you find that some people are not welcome, because of who they love, who they are, or what they believe. We are a church with diverse views on spirituality, faith, and the Bible. Church of the Foothills is an open and affirming church, making an intentional welcome to our LGBTQ+ neighbors and family members who are often turned away by other churches. Here all really means all, to the best of our ability (since we are always growing and learning).

Is your worship space accessible?

We have wheelchair ramps, accessible parking spaces, handicap restrooms, and extra room in our sanctuary for those who need it.

Do you have any COVID-19 restrictions?

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and stay home if you are experiencing COVID symptoms. Mask use is encouraged but not required. Our livestream makes it easy to join us from afar. On some Sundays, there is enough space to spread out in our well-ventilated sanctuary.

Where should I park?

There is plenty of parking on our campus, behind the church building and along the street.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably. Some of our community chooses to dress up for special Sundays, wearing a dress or suit jacket. Others come as they are. Your presence, more than your choice of clothing, is most important.

How will our children be welcomed?

Before worship, children are invited to grab a special children’s bulletin and other supplies in our Welcome area outside of the sanctuary. During worship, our children are given space and acknowledgement with a Time for Our Younger Selves before being led by our gifted and trained staff for activities (including a baking project). A nursery is available as well as an area for young families to sit with their children and participate in worship. There are diaper changing stations in our restrooms. All volunteers and staff working with our children have undergone background checks and special training.

What kind of music will there be?

Church of the Foothills blends music from different genres and time periods, from praise songs, spirituals, hymns, and more. We have an incredible choir that will lead us through their beautiful voices. A pianist, organist, and drummer support us. The energy we get from music is amazing.

How long are the sermons?

The sermon is a time for the pastor to help us understand scripture and think about what it might mean for our lives. Rev. Nathan usually preaches around 20 minutes or so.

Will I be asked to make a donation?

During worship, we take time to reflect on what we are grateful for and how we are to use the life and gifts we are blessed with, especially serving and sharing with others. If you are visiting with us for the first time, do not feel any pressure to make a donation.

Are there any other special rituals to know about?

About twice a month, we celebrate communion. You will see a table at the center of our sanctuary. It’s an important symbol that reminds us that God’s love through Jesus is meant to be shared with anyone and everyone who is hungry for justice and peace. You are welcome to share in this simple and profound act.

What if I have other questions?

Click on our Contact page to give us a call or send us an email.