May 30, 2013

I’m New

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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.

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.

 

Where to Find Us

We are located at 207 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 Fayette Clinic next door.  Look also for special “Visitor” 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 10:30am service you will be greeted at the door 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 some free coffee in our foyer.   3.  Check your 0-3-year old into the Nursery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who goes there?  Something special is the multiple generations that make up Fayette Community Church.  You’ll find all ages and backgrounds of people, but will notice a genuine sense of community in the air.
  • How long is the service?  Our Sunday morning service lasts about 1 hour, 10:30-11:30am.
  • What should I wear?  Your needs are more important to us than what you wear.  Our pastor usually wears jeans.  Many wear jeans or shorts (well, maybe not shorts during the Iowa winters, but other times!), so you’ll fit in fine with whatever you wear.  Just wear something!
  • Will I be called up front or stand up in the service as a visitor?  Absolutely not!  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 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 kids on Sundays?  We have a staffed nursery for newborns through age 3 during the entire service.  Kids ages 4-grade 4 get to start off with their families in the Sanctuary service.  We have Children’s Bulletins provided each week, with activities for kids.  About halfway through they are dismissed to Children’s Church, where they have a Bible lesson, craft, game, and maybe a snack.  The nursery and Children’s Church are optional and are both located nearby on the main level.  Click here to find out more about Fayette Kids ministries.
  • 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
    • Family Restroom Area, featuring a baby-changing station
    • Private space for nursing moms (ask a greeter or Nursery volunteer)
  • 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 check out one of our small groups.  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.
  • 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 Bibles located in the rows 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?  Every third Sunday of the month we incorporate Communion (some may know as Eucharist, Lord’s Supper) into our Sunday morning service, which includes bread and grape juice, usually distributed at the seats.  Anyone walking in a personal relationship with Christ is welcome to join in.
  • 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 Small 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.