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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that going to a different church for the first time can be stressful, and we want to make your experience at Zion as comfortable as possible.  Check out some frequently asked questions--and their answers--below.  If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Q:  How should I dress?
A:  You might wonder how you are expected to dress at a church you've never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, except for simple decency and Christian humility, Zion doesn't make any rules either.

Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. Still, dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One person may dress casually and rejoice that our gracious Lord accepts us as we are, while another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King.

On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for his or her Lord, the choice of dress, be it casual or more formal, is acceptable to God . . . and us.

Q:  Can I bring my kids?  What if they're noisy?
A:  Children are welcome at Zion!  Our congregation is much like a family with infants and kids and teens and adults and elderly. It is not unusual to hear the cry of a baby mixed in with the sound of hymns or readings. If, however, at any time you feel the need, we have a cry room available where you can bring your child.  You can see and hear the service from there.   If you have a little one who needs a change, we have a changing station in the men's and women's restrooms on the main level.  If your child needs to walk around or be walked, we have a large gathering area where you can do that as well.  For older children we have coloring/activity sheets and crayons available. 

Really, you needn't feel flustered if your child acts up in church.  Kids are kids, and all of us who have children have been there! 

Q:  What about the offering?
A:  "When will they take the offering?" "How will it be collected?" "How much am I expected to give?" "Do they want visitors to contribute too?" These are typical worries about church offerings, but God's Word teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.

Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. These offerings give them the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ's love to more people.

We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God and we use offering envelopes to keep our gifts a private matter known only to the Lord. Now a child may bring the quarters and dimes his parents give him. Someone older may write a check. Both, however, remember Jesus and give their gifts out of love for him.

As our guest, we do not expect you to contribute an offering, nor do we want to pressure you into doing so. You may wish to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.

Q:  Will I be singled out or pressured in any way?
A:  We can assure you, we won’t embarrass you by asking you to stand up in front of everyone or come forward to the altar area. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and at home with us. Time at church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior.

We understand that it's unpleasant to be pressured or to feel like you're part of a "membership drive" as though you were a head of cattle.  We believe church membership should be a voluntary matter, and the most important thing of all is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. This takes time. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement in a congregation. We believe we should respect that need.

If you feel comfortable, we do invite you to sign our guest register in the church entryway so that we may get to know you and answer any questions that you might have.