CHRISTMAS AT SALEM MAGLEY CHURCH
We have the nostalgia with a punch.
LET US HOST YOU FOR CHRISTMAS!
Christmas at Salem Magley has all that you remember from your childhood--candles, carols, and candy (okay, maybe not candy...)--combined with a life changing perspective.
We believe that Christmas is more than just a story for kids, it's a story that changes the world.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Sunday School: 9 AM
Worship Service : 10 AM
On this Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we'll be serving communion and our children's Sunday School class will perform their Christmas Program.
Note: Our program is designed to include kids who were unable to participate in rehearsal. If you come on this Sunday, your child may participate if they wish.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Family Christmas Eve Service: 11 PM
This service is a traditional Christmas Eve service; complete with carols, scripture reading, and ending with a candle light rendition of Silent Night.
Note: Our nursery equipped with a TV to watch the service is available for parents if needed, but we will not be offering a staffed nursery or other child care at this service.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas Day Worship Service: 10 AM
A service of worship and celebration on Christmas Day.
Note: There is no Sunday School on Christmas Day.
Where We Meet
Our address is 7494 North 600 West Decatur, Indiana 46733.
Is your service traditional or contemporary? At a glance, our service will feel very much like a traditional church service. There are, however, several ways in which our service is less traditional: 1. We use a projector to make song lyrics, scripture, and prayers more accessible for the congregation. 2. We sing contemporary worship songs throughout the year along side traditional hymns. Our music selection comes down to what fits the goal of the service, so the music we use differs from week to week. 3. We have at least one song led on the acoustic guitar most weeks. 4. We strive to use everyday language in our service, which includes using the New International Version Bible translation. Our aim is to draw from the rich history of Christian worship, while using the language and technology of our contemporary culture.
What is the service like? Our Sunday Worship service is about one hour long and has the following structure: Our service begins by gathering us to worship when the bell rings at 10 AM. Then one of our youth will light the alter candles and Pastor Chris will welcome the congregation and make several annoucements. The service then begins with an openining song sang by the congregation. Then Pastor Chris leads the congregation in saying together a call to worship and a prayer calling on God to join and cleanse his people for worship. When then have another song followed by the prayer appointed for the week. We then transision into the next part of the service devoted to hearing the word of God. During this section several scripture passaged are read from the Revised Common Lectionary, including a Psalm that is read responsivly by the congregation. Next comes the sermon. After the sermon we transition into a time of response to the word of God. We respond first by confessing the Aposotles' Creed. We then have the Prayers of God's People followed by a Confession of Sin. Next we collect an offering. It's at this point that we have Holy Communion roughly once a month (please see the question specficially about communion for more information). The service then wraps up by sending the congregation back into the world with a closing song and final blessing.
What do people wear? For the most part people wear what makes them most comfortable these days. Some people still wear a tie and blazor or slacks and a nicer blouse--what you might call business casual--but gone are the days of suits, ties, dresses, and church hats. We want you to come in what makes you comfortable. We will mention that during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Pastor Chris can be seen wearing an alb duirng the service. He does this to mark these seasons in the church calendar as specifically important. Other times throughout the year he wears a clergy shirt with a white tab collar.
Can I receive communion? Absolutely! We believe that the communion table is God's and God's alone. We're not going to stop you from coming to God's table. However, we do believe that communion is an encounter with Jesus. If you plan to come to his talbe, we only ask that you do so prepared to open your heart to him.
What is the preaching like? Our preaching draws from the church calendar, and follows the Revised Common Lectionary for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. During the summer months--called ordinary time in the church calendar--we often study books of the Bible or focus on important sections of scripture, like the Sermon on the Mount or the parables of Jesus. No matter which season of the year, sermons are betwen 15-25 mintues and they are written to be rooted in scripture and spoken into everyday life. We hope each sermons connects the bible to your life in a way that challenges you to grow.
What about my kids?
Saturday, December 24, 2022
This service is designed to be a family service so there will not be childcare offered.
However, if you need to step out with a little one you are free to use our nursery where you can follow the service from a live video feed.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
One of our core convictions here at Salem is that children are the future of the faith. We believe that children are able to put their best foot forward on the way of Jesus later in life when they worship with their family throughout childhood.
For this reason, we encourage children to sit with their families during the worship service. We absolutely welcome the sounds of children in our worship.
Some weeks we do offer specific elements of the service to children.
This week we'll have a children's sermon when we light the Christ Candle (the white candle in the middle of the advent wreath). We'll light the advent wreath early in the service. If you're child would like to come forward for the children's sermon, they may come forward when they are invited. Typically kids fifth grade and younger come down, and sometimes parents will come down and sit with babies.
We offer a volunteer, staffed nursery during the worship service for babies and toddlers that do better out of the service. Please plan to come about 10 minutes early to drop off your child.
We DO NOT have Sunday School on Christmas Sunday this year.
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