What can I expect when I attend Madison Campus Church?
We know that going to church for the first time or attending a new church can be a little intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure what to expect. We would hate for questions about what to expect to get in the way of your getting the most from your visit with us!
What should I wear?
We tend to be a little formal in our dress. Some will have on suits and dresses; others, casual slacks and shirts.. Wear what is comfortable for you!
How will I know where to go?
You will find visitor parking in front and you can enter through the doors facing Larkin Springs Rd. There is also a drop off area and handicap parking on the north side of the building. You’ll probably see our people standing and talking outdoors and inside the front doors you’ll find greeters and/or a welcome Kiosk with printed announcement sheets to let you know what is happening at Madison Campus. We do print a bulletin with an “order of service” so our greeters at our entrances have these and announcements sheets as well. Just come on in and sit where you like! The best seats are down front but the balcony also offers a great view. By the way, restrooms are located just outside the sanctuary entrance. There are also restrooms on the Ground floor, near the elevators and children's classrooms.
What will the service be like?
Some announcements will be showing on the screen just before the service begins. Service will include someone leading in special prayers for whatever is happening that week in our church or in the world- or for those who are sick in the congregation. The service will include scripture reading, special praise music and a children's story. Some of the praise music will be participatory and feel free to sing along. Occasionally we take communion together and the pastors will guide us on how to do this from the front, so just follow directions.
An offering will be taken. Please feel no obligation to put anything in the offering. As our guest, we want you to relax and simply enjoy the service. The offering is for members and those who are committed to Madison Campus as the primary place they receive their spiritual nourishment.
After that, one of the pastors or guest speaker will give the sermon. It is just a talk, designed around a relevant topic using biblical references with practical application. Notes for it are projected on the screen and also sometimes found in your announcement sheet. The talk might incorporate a creative element such as drama or multi-media. You’ll enjoy our senior pastor- he is personable, friendly, and often brings personal stories or current events into the message.
A prayer will follow the sermon and there is usually closing music. The first service will run for about one hour and 10 minutes and the second service runs about 10 minutes longer.
Will I need a Bible?
Yes....we encourage believers of all maturities to reference all teaching to the Word of God. As a backup, we always try to have the scripture references projected on the screen.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out in any way?
Nope. We will do our best to never put you on the spot, single you out, or embarrass you in any way. The only thing you might be asked to do is raise your hand so we can give you a visitor’s packet of information.
I have kids. Will there be something at your church for them?
You bet! We activities for all ages during Sabbath school. and a separate youth chapel for school age children and young adults. Visit our Youth or Children's Ministry page for more information.
My child has a disability. What services do you provide for people with special needs?
We want Madison Campus to be a place where every member of your family is welcomed and fully included. Our No Barriers special needs ministry provides several services for adults and children with disabilities, including a buddy program for one-to-one support during church programs, wheelchair accessible sanctuary seating, noise reducing headphones, large print Bibles, and audio headsets for those with hearing loss. Visit our No Barriers page or contact our No Barriers team (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more information.
I still have a few questions. Who can I ask?
Call our front desk (615-866-4776) anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays or if you are here on a weekend, just stop by the office near the front lobby doors. We want to make sure you have a great experience while you are with us!