What to Expect: Questions & Answers if you're new
Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, we have been worshipping virtually. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am on Facebook Live: Facebook.com/fpchaddonheights.
We will be offering a Hybrid Worship model (In-person and virtual live-stream), starting October 18, 2020. In-person will be open to a maximum of 42 people per Sunday with pre-registration. The service will be Livestreamed for our church family and friends to worship from their homes. Those worshipping in-person must follow precautions and guidelines in order to maintain everyone’s health and safety. These protocols are posted on our COVID Update.
Feel free to review the information below to familiarize yourself with the structure of our services, teachings, childcare, parking, attire, and all the other questions you might have.
We are very glad that you are thinking of visiting us. For details about our services and protocols during the pandemic, please read our Covid19 reopening policy, which can be found on the COVID Update page. For all practical purposes, the following FAQs apply to "normal" (non-pandemic) times.
What do I wear?
Whatever makes you comfortable! While some of our members prefer to wear more formal attire, others choose to dress in more comfortable and casual clothing. Often during the summer months, our attendees dress more informally in shorts and casual t-shirts. We hope that you will feel connected to God during your visit, so anything that will allow you to simply relax and participate in worship with us is just fine.
Is your church air-conditioned?
Yes! The sanctuary, parlor, and nursery are all air-conditioned.
Where do I park?
Since our church is in the middle of a residential section of Haddon Heights, we do not have our own parking lot. However, there is plenty of street parking on the residential streets surrounding the church. You may park directly on Green Street on the side opposite the church, and there are handicapped parking spots available there as well for those in need.
What door do I use?
You are welcome to use our main entrance doors located at the top of the steps on the corner of 7th Avenue and Green Street. Alternatively, most of our congregation uses the door for the Church School building, which is located along Green Street, about halfway between 7th and 8th Avenues. There is always someone ready to greet you here and can direct you to our sanctuary. There is also a chair lift located here, for those who cannot manage the stairs leading to the parlor. A Deacon will always be on-site to help you with the chair lift.
Do you offer nursery or Childcare?
Yes! We offer caring and age-appropriate activities in our nursery, which is located down the hall and on the right as you enter the building from the Church School doors. If you stop by before the Worship service starts, you will be met by one of our trained, high school nursery staff. Additionally, each week an adult volunteer assists the nursery staff workers. The staff in the nursery is highly talented and will do their very best to welcome new children into a warm and friendly atmosphere. If your child is more comfortable remaining with you during your visit, they are more than welcome to stay in the sanctuary.
Where do I sit in church?
You are welcome to sit anywhere in our sanctuary. We have no assigned seats, so please sit in any of the pews and where you feel comfortable.
May I take Communion or is that limited to church members?
Any baptized Christian is welcome to receive Communion. We celebrate the sacrament of Communion every first Sunday of the month. We offer gluten-free Communion wafers to ensure we are able to share in the sacrament with everyone who would like to partake.
Will I be asked to stand up and introduce myself or wear a "visitor" nametag?
As much as we would like to get to know you, we certainly respect your privacy and would never ask you to introduce yourself during our Worship service. We are a friendly group and some of our members will likely reach out to you before or after the service to make sure you have everything you need. We also hope that you will fill out the visitor card in the pew rack so that we know of your visit.
After worship, we welcome you to join us in the parlor for a social hour. There, we would love to get to know you and allow you time to get to know us.
I know different churches use different versions of the Lord's Prayer. Which one do you use?
The PC-USA version uses "debts" and "debtors" instead of "trespasses," and we close the Lord’s Prayer with the phrase "for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."
Do I have to kneel?
We don’t have kneelers in our church, and only sitting and standing are part of the Worship service, not kneeling.
Do you have a collection or offering during the service?
We do have a special time for offering during each Worship service, however, none of our attendees or members are required to give during this time. We are truly grateful that you’ve joined us and don’t expect you to contribute financially during your visit. We also have an online giving platform through PayPal, which many of our members use to submit their offerings as well.
How do I refer to your minister?
As we are a predominantly casual church, our Pastor prefers either Eliza or Pastor Eliza.
Where can I find a restroom?
On the first floor of the Church School building there are men's and ladies' rooms on the right side of the hallway. In the parlor, there is another gender-neutral single bathroom (when you enter the parlor from the Church School building - immediately turn left and it is in the back left corner of the room; or if you enter the parlor from the Sanctuary - look ahead and to the right). This single bathroom has a bit more room and a changing table available for visitors with young children.
If I have another question once I arrive, whom can I talk to?
Each Sunday we have Deacons at each entrance to the sanctuary to help you. They will give you a bulletin for that day's worship and can answer any questions you may have. Any of our church members would be happy to answer your questions as well, so feel free to ask anyone you run into. We’ll do our best to answer your questions and make you feel at ease.