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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 lesson led by our Youth Director, Dustin, early in the service. Following this time the children are invited to return to you or to enjoy an activity in the Community Hall with our Children’s Attendant, Morgan. (All staff at Cairn have had background checks.) The children return to the sanctuary following the sermon in order to participate with their parents in communion. We also have a Cry Room at the back of the sanctuary where you can be with your child and still hear the service. Having said this, 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. Most weeks we pass trays of bread and juice and when all have received, we eat and drink together. Occasionally we take by intinction, which means we come forward and take the bread and dip it in the one chalice.

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 in our Community Hall. At 11:30 we offer an Education “Hour” which is actually 45 minutes. There is a class for Adults taught by the senior minister, Charisa, another class for Middle School and High School taught by our Youth Director, Dustin, and a class for Pre-K through 5th which is following A Joyful Path: Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds.