An Open and Affirming Congregation
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

What to Expect

What to Expect


There is no dress code at Cairn Christian Church. We are an informal congregation and we invite you to be yourself.

When you arrive on Sunday morning there are two entrances. To the left is the entrance directly into the back of the sanctuary. To the right is the main entrance that takes you into our reception area. Here, you will be greeted at the door. To your right are the restrooms, the Community Hall and the classrooms. To your left is the entrance into the sanctuary. Our Order of Worship is printed in a bulletin with instructions about the various aspects of worship and information about our congregation. The greeters will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

As you enter the sanctuary you will often hear bluegrass music, flute, violin, saxophone, clarinet and piano. You will see children carrying forward candles to place on the cairn at the front. And you will hear the ringing of a Tibetan singing bowl. During worship you will also experience a sermon, responsive readings, prayers, scripture, hymns and organ music and a choir of about thirty members, all of which we trust can lead us to a place of reflection and hope.

We welcome children into our worship. There is a children’s moment, early in the service. Following this time the children are invited to return to you or to attend our Children’s Worship downstairs (for ages 5-9). (All staff at Cairn have had background checks.) Younger children (4 and under) may go downstairs to our  nursery if you so choose. The children return to the sanctuary in time to participate with their parents in communion. As our sanctuary is currently under construction, we do not have a Cry Room in our current worship space. Please know that the noises of our children are part of worship, not a distraction from it, and you and your child are welcome to remain in worship together.

An important part of worship in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is our practice of weekly communion. Each week we reenact the meal Jesus shared with his disciples and remember all the meals that Jesus ate as a sign of hospitality and openness. For us, this meal is a place of grace, community, unity, justice and hope. All people are invited to participate in this meal regardless of age, baptism or membership.

Finally, most weeks, we share a sign of peace with one another. A handshake or hug and some form of the words “Peace be with you.”  We believe that peace, justice and reconciliation are our primary tasks in the world and that this work begins each week in our own hearts and in our own relationships.

Worship lasts just over an hour and is followed by coffee and conversation. During the school year, at 11:45 we offer an Education “Hour” which is actually 45 minutes. There is a class for Adults, another class for Middle School and High School, and child-care for younger children.