Frequently Asked Questions about HPC’s Worship:
When and where is worship?
We gather each Sunday at 8:30 am for traditional service and 10:30 am for worship service in the main sanctuary. In addition, we also have special services that correspond to important Christian celebrations such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and other alternative worship services.
What do I wear?
Believe it or not it is a common question. You might be wondering if we wear suits, jeans, khakis, shorts, or capris. The answer is yes.
First and foremost, come as you are! But, just in case you’re wondering how most people around here will be dressed, it’s pretty broad. While a few people might wear more traditional dress clothes (men-suits, women-skirts or dresses) most wear khakis or jeans, a polo or button-up shirt.
Most importantly though, we look forward to seeing you, not what you’re wearing.
What can I expect in worship?
We strive to create a welcoming and open atmosphere that provides a meaningful worship experience. The style of worship at HPC is an intentional blend of ancient, traditional, and modern forms of music, prayers, liturgy, and spoken word, inviting you to engage in worship in a manner that is comfortable to you. A video screen is used throughout worship for words to songs, scripture readings, and worship images, while a worship bulletin provides an order of worship, along with liturgical words and direction.
Do you offer child care during worship?
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship! We also have both a nursery for newborn children through age 12 months, and toddler time for those slightly older children, ages 13 – 36 months. Parents may drop off their children prior to the start of worship.
Following a children’s message early in the service, elementary age children are invited to take part in a separate children’s worship experience appropriate for their age.
What kind of music will I experience?
Our belief is that music should draw us closer to God, in the same way prayer does. You can expect to experience a diverse musical blend of modern praise and worship songs, updated hymns, as well as influences from gospel music that produces a unique sound to HPC. Our music invites us to focus our heart, mind, and soul toward God in a meaningful and faithful manner.
Am I expected to “give” during service?
We believe that giving is a faith issue between you and God and a response to the blessings that God has provided. While visitors and guests should feel no pressure to give during the offering, you should also feel free to give financially as you are led.
Does your church practice communion and do I have to participate?
Communion is offered at various times throughout the year as an open invitation to all who wish to participate. Communion itself is the ancient practice of breaking bread with God and each other in the remembrance of Jesus. We practice communion a variety of ways, including the passing of trays of bread and individual cups while people are seated in the pews, as well as “intinction” in which you’re invited to come forward, tear off a piece of bread and dip it into the cup of grape juice. We believe that communion is an act of grace through which God is present and therefore all are invited to participate, regardless of where you may be in your faith journey.