We make it easy for you to visit Oak Grove for the first time! You are not going to stand out or be singled out. In fact you will probably find a lot of people here just like you. As you enter the church you will see young people, older people, and a lot of people in between. Everyone is welcome at Oak Grove!
What to expect?
The first thing you will notice is that you will be met by greeters at the doors who can point you in the right direction. We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have. Our two main Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. As you enter the sanctuary you are free to sit wherever you like. Our services begin with a time of exciting praise and worship. Then a speaker will bring an inspiring message from the Bible. It’s usually about half an hour in length. Our main goal is to apply God’s truth to our everyday living. During all of our services we have secure high quality childcare for infants through preschool. During the 10:00 a.m. service, we offer services for both elementary and middle school students. For more details, check out Student Ministries on this website. It is really quite simple—we are people who have experienced God’s life-changing forgiveness and love, therefore, we want to show it to others.
What to wear?
At Oak Grove, you will notice that some like to come casual and others like to dress up for church. We have it all—so come as you are! Our desire is that you find a warm, welcoming atmosphere when you walk into Oak Grove. You will see a wide variety of clothing styles—from suits to jeans, from dresses to Capri’s. Our main concern is not what you wear, but that you are comfortable in what you wear—so you may focus on the message of God’s love!
How we worship?
Why do we praise God audibly? For the same reason we cheer at a sports games—with far more reason! We are excited about being on God’s team and want everyone to know it, especially Him!
“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” Psalms 34:1 New International Version (NIV)
Why do we stand when we sing? We sing to show our love for God and we stand to show our respect and sincerity in that love. We stand for a great performance on Broadway, so who is more deserving of a standing ovation than the Creator of the universe?
“Then some Levites… and Korhites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel with a very loud voice.” Chronicles 20:19 (NIV)
Do we lift our hands? The first thing a child does is raise up his or her arms to be held close by the one who loves him or her. There is nothing more special than to be encircled by the loving arms of God.
“I will praise you as long as I believe, and in your name I will lift my hands.” Psalms 63:4 (NIV)
Why do we sing choruses and hymns? Every person is unique, but the one thing we all have in common is a God who loves us and who gave us each other, as well as Himself. We sing to express our joy and appreciation. We sing together because He made us to be together, His own family.
“…be filled with the spirit; speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Why does the whole church pray for specific needs? God created us to be a family, to rejoice with one another in times of joy and to support and encourage one another in times of hardship and need. Our Heavenly Father listens to our prayer and meets our needs, and nothing pleases Him more than to hear us selflessly care and pray for one another.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer…” Romans 12:10,12 (NASB)
Why do we serve communion? This is a time for all Christians to follow the words of Jesus when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” It is a time to pause and remember the sacrifice Jesus made by dying for our sins. We believe that the bread represents the body and the juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ. Communion is open to anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. You do not have to be a member of our church to participate.
Why do we anoint with oil and pray for the sick? We know God answers prayers and honors obedience. Because of this, we faithfully follow His instructions (written in the Bible) of what to do in every circumstance.
“Is any of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, and the Lord will raise him up.” James 5:14 (NIV)