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

What to Expect

What to Expect

Sunday Morning

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, you will be greeted at the door. To your right are the restrooms and the Community Hall, where we gather after worship for coffee, snacks and a time to visit. To your left is the entrance into our recently renovated 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, piano and organ. 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.

Infants, Children & Youth

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 3-10). (All staff at Cairn have had background checks.) Younger children (2 and under) may go to our  nursery, across from the sanctuary doors, if you so choose. The children return to the Sanctuary in time to participate with their parents in communion.

We have a Cry Room in our current worship space. You may use this if you or your child need some quiet space or if your child is particularly fussy. Please also 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.

Communion & Passing of the Peace

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, and you will notice even our youngest children participating in this important part of our life together.

Finally, at the end of worship, 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, Coffee & Conversation & Education Hour

Worship lasts about 75 minutes 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 and child-care for younger children. Every other week, our youth (grades 6+) are invited to Youth Group where they have lunch, conversation and prayer or Bible study, and time for fun!

 Education Hour: Sundays 11:45-12:30

Please feel free to ask those around you any questions you might have about our worship, our space and our life as community together.