It is our deep desire that your first visit to Elim Grace is positive, encouraging and life-impacting. To that end, we’d like to give you a quick summary of what you may expect when you stop by. If you have more questions or would simply like to let us know you’re coming, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 315-342-3585.
What to Wear. Our church family comes together with no formal dress code. Some enjoy the opportunity to dress up formally while others prefer the comfort of the casual clothes they wear every day. You are welcome to come as you are, with no expectation for anything else!
Service Times. We offer two 90 minute Sunday services at 9:00am & 11:00am. If you arrive a little early, you are welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee and pastry in our lobby.
The Drive. Hopefully, you have no problems finding where we are. If you’re familiar with Oswego at all, then you know the Oswego River splits the town in half. We are located within shouting distance of the river on the west side at 340 West 1st Street. Check out our Contact Us page for a map or just plug our address into your GPS! The church is very easy to find on the road and we have plenty of parking with two entrances.
Upon Arrival. When you arrive and park, you will note our building has several entrances. No need to worry, we have well marked signs directing you to the best entrance. Our friendly greeters will meet you at the door and if you let them know it’s your first time, will also direct you to our Guest Services booth. Our Guest Services Host will answer all of your questions about where to go, where the bathrooms are, what programs we offer for children and especially how to find the pastries & coffee!
The Worship. The people of Elim Grace are of all ages with differing styles and tastes in music which we consider to be a GOOD thing! As a result the songs we incorporate into our services range from contemporary to original to hymns. Our heart is to worship God through songs that glorify Him – this is what the people of Elim Grace have in common. Our instruments and voices are a Biblical, corporate, visible, and joyful way in which we praise and worship God. During this time you are welcome to participate in whatever way you prefer, whether by standing, clapping and singing or by sitting and reflecting. So make yourself comfortable and at home!
The Kids. We love to see families worshiping together. That’s why we encourage children to join the adults in the main service until the worship portion of the service is over. At that time, we will release the children (& their parents) to make their way to their respective, age appropriate kids programs. To learn more about our children’s ministry, visit our Elim Kids page.
Prayer, Offering & Plugs. Each Sunday we take a few moments to share some plugs (announcements) about upcoming events and receive an offering by distributing baskets down each aisle. We encourage you to feel no obligation to give and simply take note of any upcoming activities our church is offering which you might be interested in participating in. Additionally, we encourage the whole congregation to take about 5 minutes out of the service to gather in small groups and pray for one another. As in the worship time, you are welcome to participate however you prefer. Although many in the room will gather in small groups during this time, some still prefer to remain in their seat to pray or reflect by themselves.
The Message. The final element in our Sunday service is the message. We will occasionally provide notes for you in the materials you receive at the door as well as reinforcing graphics on our large screen while the pastor speaks. Every message is bathed in hours of preparation & prayer and will hopefully result in challenging you to discover God and His love more every time you listen.
Following the Service. When the service concludes, you are welcome to stay and chat with those around you or make your way to lunch and the rest of your day’s activities. On your way out, we encourage you to introduce yourself to Pastor Bill, who loves to make time for guests.