Come as you are
A lot of churches say it. We mean it. Whatever your style or your personality, you are welcome at Jones Road Chapel. You don’t have to be holy, don’t have to be a saint. We’re broken people, too—that’s why we come to church!
Getting in the door
Once you’ve decided to visit us, you might be nervous about how to come in, what do do when you come in, and so on. No worries. First thing’s first, though: you have to get here! Click here for a map and directions.
If you drive, you will need a place to park. Right now there are two options. You can park in the parking lot for Victory White Metal, which is just to the right of Jones Road Chapel as you face the building. On Sundays, they are closed, and they allow us to park in their lot. You may also park on the church’s side of the street.
There are two entrances to the church. There are big, imposing red doors up a large staircase that you can’t miss. If you’re running late, that’s a good door to use because it will take you to the back of our worship area so you can sneak in without causing too much comotion! But most of the time, people come in our side door. As you look at the church, you should notice a wooden ramp and stairs on the right side of the church. This takes you into a small entryway with access to our fellowship room to the left. That’s where everyone talks and mingles before and after service, so it’s a great place to get a cup of coffee and meet someone new.
The Church Service
Our church building was built in 1876, so there are still these things called “pews,” which as basically benches with a back. They’re actually pretty comfortable all things considered. Pick one you like and sit down. There are no assigned seats!
A typical church service consists of singing a couple contemporary songs, usually with a full band. We put the words up on a screen so you can sing along if you don’t know them. We usually give some announcements and recite a part of the Bible we’ve been trying to memorize. We also have a short time of prayer. A church member will ask for prayer requests, and anyone can put their hand up to make request. When all the concerns are listed, the member will pray for everything mentioned. Then we sing a few traditional songs. After that, one of our pastors or a guest speaker will preach a sermon from the Bible, which usually lasts about 30 minutes. Finally, we sing another song or two to close our time together. The entire service lasts about an hour and a half.
This might weird you out, but we don’t pass a collection plate. We never want someone—especially a guest—to feel pressured to give. Instead, we have a locking box near the front of the sanctuary where people can place envelopes with their gifts either before or after the service. This makes giving more private but still includes it as part of the Sunday experience. If you are just joining us as a guest, you are free to give and free to not give.
Sunday School is a teaching program we do for all age groups: adults, teenagers, elementary-aged children, and nursery-aged children. It meets for one hour, starting at 9:30 AM. While some only come to the worship service, we think you’ll find Sunday School to be laid back, informative, and enjoyable. Check it out!