I’m New, so I Have Some Questions…

Q: Can anyone attend a Sunday service?

Yes, anyone may attend our weekly Sunday service. All are welcome to join, whether you have been a believer for many years, are new to the faith, are not from a Reformed background, or are not a Christian but are simply curious as to what worship looks like at City Reformed Church.

Q: How do I get there?

City Reformed Church is located on the Lower East Side, just off of Brady St on Farwell Ave. The church is on the right side of the street between The Exclusive Company and the brick apartment building.

Q: Is there parking?

Yes, usually

Q: What do I wear?

Come as you are – it doesn’t matter what clothes you are wearing. Attendance is far more important than whether you choose to wear a suit or a t-shirt. On any given Sunday you will see tuxedos and ties as well as sports jerseys and hoodies across the room.

Q: Is there anyone I can talk to when I arrive?

Yes, there are appointed greeters at the corner front door that hand out worship folders. If you have any questions or are looking for someone in particular, they can help guide you or point you in the right direction. Most of the time a deacon should be nearby and will be able to assist you directly.

Q: Is there childcare?

Yes, once you’ve entered the front space, just past the bathrooms but before the doors to the sanctuary on the right is the nursery – it’s the doorway with the baby gate inside. Volunteers inside will collect your contact information in case of emergency and take your toddler/infant for the duration of the service. Please let them know of any critical information so that they may be better prepared to watch after your child(ren).

Q: How long do Sunday services last?

In general, services start at 9:30am and end around 11:00am, totaling about an hour and a half. This includes worship, community announcements, tithes and offerings, a message, communion, and prayer.

Q: Do you hold communion every week?

Yes, the Lord’s Supper is a valuable sacrament that we treasure. If you do not feel comfortable taking part in things like the Lord’s Supper, there are reflections and prayers written in the bulletin for you to read and consider, whether you are not sure where you stand in your faith or have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Q: Do I have to participate in things like singing/liturgy/etc.?

It is not required that you partake in call and response, worship, or communion if you are not comfortable. Although singing, recitation, and prayer are communal acts of worship, they also require individual participation, and so nobody within the congregation will be watching to see who is actively involved in the service.

Q: I’d like to participate in some of the events that City Reformed Church is holding – can I attend if I’m not a member?

Absolutely. Things like the documentary series on justice, church dinners, and volunteering at local non-profits and organizations are one way that we reach out to the community, and any collaboration or interest is welcomed. We only ask that the privacy of things like congregational meetings be respected as they pertain more to the member of City Reformed Church.

Q: What exactly do you believe?

Please see the webpage What We Believe – if you still have questions, please e-mail Pastor Chris Ganski with any remaining inquiries concerning City Reformed Church, its core beliefs and its values.

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