May 30, 2013

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Thanks for stopping by to find out more about Fayette Community Church.  We know it can be intimidating going to any church for the first time or even church in general.  SO…we want to help ease any uncertainty you may have and let you know what you can expect before your first visit here to FCC.

When

Our Sunday Worship Gatherings are offered at 10:30am and 4:30pm (both the same).  We also have Life Groups and various Kids, Pre-Teen, and Teen activities that happen during the week.

Where to Find Us

We are located at 205 W. State Street (on the corner of Mechanic and State Streets) in Fayette, Iowa.  Click here to get detailed directions from your starting point.

 

Parking

Parking is located on the north, south, and west sides of the building, as well as in front of the Gundersen Palmer Clinic next door.  Look also for special “Visitor” and “Family-Friendly” parking spaces on the State Street or Mechanic Street.  Handicapped spaces are available on State Street (south side of building).

 

When You First Arrive

Our prayer is that you feel welcomed and comfortable as soon as you step in the door.  When you first arrive for our Sunday service you will be greeted and be handed a Bulletin (which includes news as well as a run-down of the service that day).

Upon arriving, you can either:  1. Grab a seat in the Sanctuary (auditorium).   2.  Help yourself to a hot or cold drink and treat in our foyer.   3.  If you have a child, check them into Kids Church (ages 3-6th grade) or the Nursery (ages 0-2).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who goes there?  Something special is the multiple generations that make up Fayette Community Church.  You’ll find a full-spectrum of ages and backgrounds, but will notice a genuine sense of community in the air.
  • How long is the service?  Our Sunday services lasts about 1 hour, 10:30-11:30am and 4:30-5:30pm.
  • What should I wear?  Our pastor usually wears jeans.  Feel free to wear whatever you’d like.  We’re pretty relaxed around here.
  • Will I be called up front or stand up in the service as a visitor?  Absolutely not!  Never!  Relax and sit wherever you’d like–we won’t embarrass you!  If you’re just checking us out, we won’t expect you to give us any personal information.  If you do choose to fill out a Connect Card, we will send you a gift card.
  • Do you expect me to give money?  No.  We do pass an offering plate, but the offering is for those who are a part of the FCC family and who want a tangible way to follow the teachings of Jesus.  If you’re a guest, you’re welcome to give if you feel inclined, but it is not assumed or expected.  If you are interested, we also having online giving as an option here.
  • What is there for my children on Sundays?  We have a staffed Nursery for newborns through age 2 during the entire service.  Children ages 3 through 6th grade have a separate Kids Church during the entire hour – which includes singing then age-specific groups where they learn the Bible in interactive ways.  Click here to find out more about our Kids Ministry.
  • I have an infant and would rather keep them with me…how will that work?  We know it can be uneasy leaving your young ones with Nursery Staff, especially when at a place for the first time.  We have special accommodations in place:
    • Special seating space at the back of the Sanctuary close to exits
    • A Nursery featuring toys that overlooks the Sanctuary and is equipped with sound, so you can hear what’s happening in the service
    • Our foyer area is equipped with sound so you can hear what’s happening in the service if you have to step out
    • Our restrooms are all equipped with Baby Changing Stations.
    • Private space for nursing moms (ask a greeter or Nursery Team)
  • Are there activities for children and teens other than Sunday morning?  Yes.  Wednesday nights at 6:00-7:00pm is Kidz Zone (for ages 5-3rd grade) and Flyte (for grades 4-6) during the school year.  Our teen ministry (grades 7-12), “IDENTIFY,” gathers Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm, and has various activities throughout the year.
  • Can I get a ride to one of the weekend worship gatherings?  If you live in Fayette, we would be glad to give you a lift!  Give us a call at 563-425-3551 by 10:00am or 4:00pm Sunday.  If you live outside of Fayette, contact us in advance, and we’ll see what we can arrange for you.
  • I attend Upper Iowa University.  How can I get connected?  We love our UIU students and want to be your home away from home.  Here’s how to get connected with FCC:  (1) When you come, take time to fill out a Connect Card.  We periodically like to “spoil” students with care packages.  (2) We’d like to get to know you better and invite you to connect in a Life Group.  It’s the best way to rub shoulders with people of all ages who want to invest in you.  (3) Another way to get connected is to serve in one of our ministries.  Contact one of our team members to find out how.  (4) Check out Chi Alpha, a group of UIU students that meet each week for worship, small groups, and serving.  Click here to find out about more about UIU Chi Alpha.  We also support FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) which meets on campus.
  • What’s the music like?  A typical Sunday will have 3 songs, usually played by guitar, drums, and keyboard.  The arrangement features current songs as well as some timeless ones.  If you don’t want to sing or don’t know the tune, just participate how you’d like.  The words are up on the screen if you want to join along.
  • What’s the Sunday morning teaching like?  Our messages are communicated in a Biblical, practical, and often visual way.  If you want to follow along in a Bible, we have free Bibles (take one home) or you can use this free Bible app on your smart phone.  We have free wifi.  You can listen to messages from past weeks here.
  • Do you serve Communion?  Once a month we incorporate Communion (some may know as Eucharist, Lord’s Supper) into our Sunday morning service, which includes bread and grape juice.  Typically individuals are invited to come to one of the stations set up.  Anyone walking in a personal relationship with Christ is welcome to join in.  If you choose to not participate, don’t worry, you won’t stand out.
  • Who is the pastor?  Our lead pastor is Andy Sayer.  Click here to find more about our ministry team.
  • Is Fayette Church part of a denomination?  Yes, we are a proud part of The Wesleyan Church, a Protestant denomination that has nearly 5,000 congregations all around the world.  You can find out more about The Wesleyan Church here.
  • What do you believe?  Check out our core beliefs and values here.
  • How can I get connected?  A couple ways to get to know others and God better:  (1) Be part of a Life Group to grow in your faith and get to know others in a smaller group setting.  Click here for details.  (2) Connect by serving.  We couldn’t do what we do without our committed volunteers, both up-front and behind-the-scenes.  Even if you’re new to FCC, there are still ways to use your abilities and gifts.  Contact us (fayettechurch@gmail.com) to get plugged in.
  • What if I have a question not answered here?  Call us at our office at 531-425-3551 or click here to contact us.  We’d love to hear from you.