Visiting a church for the first time comes with a lot of questions. It is our hope that this page will help answer any questions that you may have so that you feel comfortable walking in the doors!
Attitude and Atmosphere of Worship
Southern Heights welcomes all people of all ages and from all walks of life in our worship and our work and our fellowship.
Know that you are welcome.
Our worship services can be described as festive, casual, accessible and contemporary-traditional.
We are festive: we respond to God with joy, laughter, and song, and we are not afraid to express these in worship.
We are casual: we encourage people to be comfortable in their worship of God. For some people that means wearing their Sunday best, for others it means wearing their favorite pair of jeans. Wear what you are comfortable wearing, and you will feel at home.
We are accessible: our church is completely accessible, we have a modern a/v system with hearing assistance devices, and we have large print bulletins available. If there is anything that you need to make your worship more accessible, please let us know, and we will work to meet your needs.
We are contemporary-traditional: we do follow a traditional order of service but we also incorporate contemporary worship methods into our services; we are not wed to either. We believe that, no matter what we do in worship, it should be an authentic expression of our worship of God.
Upon Arrival and Entering the Building
If you are in need of special needs parking, you can find designated spaces in the circle drive on the West side of the parking lot.
As you approach the building from the parking lot, you will notice two double doors, one to East and one on the North.
The door to the East will lead you to the Fellowship Hall (by turning right upon entrance), and the door to the North will lead you to the Sanctuary.
When you enter the North doors, you will meet our Ambassadors, who will greet you, invite you to sign our guest book, and offer you a name tag.
The Ambassadors will also be able to answer any questions that you may have, whether it’s the location of the bathroom or where to hang your coat.
As you enter the Sanctuary, an Usher will provide you with a bulletin which contains the order of the service.
During the Service
Please sit wherever you are comfortable; there are no "bad" seats in our sanctuary!
During the announcements, the “Ritual of Friendship” pads are passed, where we will invite you to share your name and contact information as you are comfortable.
As you follow the service in the bulletin, you will notice participatory cues in the text. Bold text indicates parts spoken aloud by the gathered congregation, and a double asterisk (**) indicates an invitation to stand as comfortable and able.
Sung hymns are listed by both name and number. We have two different hymnals available in every pew: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Hymns 1- 605) and Sing the Faith (Hymns 2001-2284).
Following the Service
At the end of the service, the Pastor will stand at the back of the sanctuary to greet people as they exit. Make sure you stop and say hello!
Before you leave, feel free to join us in the Fellowship Hall for refreshments and conversation. We’d love to have the opportunity to get to know you!
If you have any questions about attending the service that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us!