When we ask guests what their first experience at Eastside was like, they usually comment about how surprised they were that everyone was so friendly and how many people they already knew. We believe you’ll experience a great worship service, be greeted by friendly people, grow closer to God, and find a church family that is with you for life.
Below are some questions you may ask, and if there are others please contact us by clicking on the planning my visit tab.
What should I wear?
Truly, you’ll find many different styles, from jeans to dress slacks. The most important thing is that we want you to feel comfortable. What you wear doesn’t matter to God, and it doesn’t to us either!
What time should I arrive?
On Sunday Mornings our Java Cafe is open at 9:00am for breakfast. Service starts at 10:00am, we suggest you get here a little bit earlier than that so you can pick your seat and get acclimated to the church. Service normally lasts an hour and fifteen minutes.
What’s available for my children (nursery to 5th grade)?
We love kids at Eastside. We have Children’s Service available for kids ages 5-12. There is also a nice, clean, well-stocked nursery for kids up to 4 years of age. You can locate all of our children’s areas by following the light blue walls on each side of our building.
What’s available for my teen (6th – 12th grade)?
Eastside Youth meets meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00 p.m. Youth are encouraged to come as early as 6:15pm for student hangtime. Wednesdays include free pizza, games and a lesson taught by our youth minsitry team. At various times througout the year our students attend summer camps, state youth conventions, and plan other activities.
What happens after the morning worship experience?
A. We invite you to visit our Welcome table. There, you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about Eastside, ask questions, and explore the different opportunities to connect with more people just like you, and even make some new friends. Make sure to drop off your connection card and pick up your free gift.
Will I be contacted after my first visit?
The only contact you’ll receive is a letter/email, and a call (just in case you have some questions). After the second and third visit, we’ll call to see if we could help you find a class or community group and to invite you to the next “Connecting with Eastside ” class with our Senior Pastor and learn more about the history and beliefs of Eastside. (Note: These contacts are made if you complete the Connection Card and mark your guest status.)
Is Eastside non-denominational?
Yes, Eastside is non-denominational, but we are affiliated with the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. For more about our history and beliefs, we encourage you to take the next Connecting with Eastside class.
Still have questions?
We’d love to help and connect with you. Please contact Paula Robison, Assistant to the Senior Pastor with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-687-6790.
Our core values reflect who were are as a church family. We strive to live out this values in everything we do inside and outside the church walls. We believe that by living out these core values we will reflect Jesus.
Loving God and Loving others is the essence of what God calls us to do. The people in our lives matter to God, therefore they should matter to us.
Sunday shouldn’t be the only day we think about our spiritual lives. Spiritual growth is a personal responsibility.
We look to get off the sidelines and serve those who God puts in our path. When we serve we reflect Jesus.
God invites us to live a life of abundant generosity in all areas of our lives.
We believe that our dreams can become a reality because we are confident that God is with us.
- The Bible is the expressed Word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3.16; Psalm 119.89-91; II Peter 1.20-21)
- God, all-loving Creator of the Heavens and the earth, eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1.1, 26; John 1.1-2; 4.24; Romans 1.19-20; Ephesians 4.5-6)
- Jesus is the eternal and second person of the Trinity. Though fully Divine, He became fully human. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He was crucified for crimes He didn’t commit, and through His resurrection, freed all people from the power of sin and death. He will return again, ushering in the eternal Kingdom of God. All who respond to the work and teachings of Jesus by a personal belief that issues forth in personal obedience to Jesus and His teachings will live forever with Him. (Matthew 1.18-25; John 1.1; 12.44-45; Romans 9.5; Hebrews 4.15; Ephesians 5.2; I Thessalonians 4.16-17)
- Salvation, a free gift from God, is God’s desire for all humanity to be in right relationship with Him. In turning from a self-centered life and turning to God and accepting the work Christ accomplished in His death and resurrection, one receives new and eternal life. (John 3.16-17; 14.6; Ephesians 2.8-10; I Timothy 2.4; I John 2.2)
- The Holy Spirit is the eternal and third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit continually draws men and women closer to God. Being marked by the Holy Spirit as children of God, believers are encouraged, transformed to be like Christ, convicted of sin and empowered to serve others. (John 14.16-17; 16.5-15; Romans 8.9-11; I Corinthians 12.1-31; Galatians 5.22-23)
- Unity is essential to the body of believers, the Church. Though there are many expressions of the Church in our world, there is only one universal Church, made up of all who have received Jesus Christ as Lord. The Church exists to be the body of Christ in the world today. (Romans 12.4-5; Ephesians 2.19-22; 4.11-16)
When you experience worship at Eastside for the first time you will experience a variety of expressions of worship. Below are some typical things you might see during one of our services along with some scriptural reasons for why we do what we do. When you visit don’t feel like you have to do one or any of these things. Our main goal is for you to feel welcome and have an encounter with Jesus.
Why do we…
..CLAP OUR HANDS?
“O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1
…LIFT OUR HANDS?
“Thus I will bless Thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name.” Psalm 63:4
“I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.” Psalm 134:2
…GIVE AUDIBLE PRAISE TO GOD?
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
“And when they heard this, they lifted up their voices to God.” Acts 4:24
…PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AS PART OF WORSHIP?
“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
praise Him with the psaltry and harp; praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5
…SING CHORUSES AS WELL AS HYMNS?
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Holy Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
…PRAY CORPORATELY FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS?
“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord Thou art God, which made heaven and earth…” Acts 4:24
…ANOINT WITH OIL AND PRAY FOR THE SICK?
“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:14-15
…HAVE THIS TYPE OF WORSHIP?
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:3