When are your worship services?

See our Worship Schedule info page. 

Where do you meet?

Traditional Praise Celebration takes place in our Church Sanctuary, and Modern Praise Celebration takes place in our School Gymnasium. We are located at 1011 W. University Drive in Rochester, Michigan. See our Contact and Directions page for details. 

Where do I park?

Parking lots are located on the north, south, and west sides of our building. Special needs parking spaces are close to the north and south doors. Street parking is allowed on Helen Street on the east side of St. John on Sundays only. Our campus is surrounded by additional neighboring office parking lots to the east, north and west that are all available during worship services for parking overflow.

Where should I go once inside the building?

Just follow the crowd. Feel free to mingle around once inside. There will be greeters and ushers to direct you to the main sanctuary, the gymnasium, restrooms or children’s nursery.

I come from a non-Christian or non-Lutheran background.

Please come by and check out one of our worship celebrations. You will not be expected to say or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Come to see what we're all about and participate in as much or as little of the service as you feel comfortable. Please be sure to read our Communion Notes on the projection screen before participating in communion.

I don’t know that much about the Bible.

That's what we're here for! Church and Bible Study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You don't have to know anything about the Bible or even about any religion to attend worship.

What is worship like?

We offer both traditional and modern worship styles. Typical services include time for hymns or worship songs, Bible readings, prayer, and a main message or sermon (check out our online Sermon Archive). Music during our Traditional Praise services usually features a choir or handbells, with hymns usually led by the pipe organ. Modern Praise services are led by a two to ten-person worship team, keyboard, guitar, and drums. The entire service usually lasts a little over an hour.

How should I dress?

We have a friendly and casual atmosphere, but dress the way you feel most comfortable, from jeans to business casual to suit and tie. But don't worry about what you are wearing. We're more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, but feel free to bring a Bible or a pen to take notes if you like. Be sure to pick up a worship folder from one of the ushers when you arrive. There is a page available for any notes you may want to jot down during the message. Beyond that, all words to music and scripture are projected on the screens at the front of the sanctuary at every worship service, so following along is very easy.

Will I have to stand up and introduce myself?

Newcomers and visitors do not have to introduce themselves during the worship services. However, you will have a chance to briefly meet the people around you at some point in the service and we would love to talk to you following any of the services, but only if you wish to do so.

I’m worried that I will feel out of place.

We hope that our website will ease your mind but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don't hesitate to say, "I am new. What is this about?" Our congregation is very friendly and happy to have the chance to welcome guests. Many who worship regularly remember the “being new” feeling. There are always other guests at each worship celebration so don’t feel alone.

What about the offering?

Offerings can be put in the basket at the worship doors when you leave the service. Our offerings are our gifts to God. This is completely voluntary and is intended for family members of St. John. Guests should not feel obligated to participate unless God leads you to do so.

What if my vision is a concern?

When arriving for Traditional Praise worship in the Sanctuary, you are welcome to ask an usher for a large-print worship folder.

What if my hearing is a concern?

We have enhanced-hearing devices available in the Sanctuary for Traditional Praise Worship. Please ask an usher for assistance.  

What if I have mobility concerns?

There are handicapped parking spaces available in the front and the back parking lots. When entering the building via the Church Lobby (look for the overhang behind the church), there are elevators to take you to the Sanctuary level. When entering the building via the Atrium doors, there are no steps to navigate if you’re going to the Gymnasium for Modern Praise. There is a ramp on the north end of the Atrium for those going to the Sanctuary. 

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