Regulative Principle of Worship
Our worship is relatively simple as we subscribe to the Regulative Principle of Worship. This principle is simply the understanding that Scripture should regulate worship. Basically, if Scripture does not prescribe something for public worship, then we believe it should not be included in our worship. Scripture prescribes these elements for worship: the reading and preaching of God’s word, prayer, singing, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
The Regulative Principle helps us remember that worship should not be all about our personal desires or entertainment but should be God-centered. We believe worship should be both reverent and joyful, focused only on glorifying and pleasing God.
We practice an age integrated model where all ages worship together in the service and we do not have any systematic age segregation.
We encourage families to bring their children into the service as we do not have a nursery. Crying and cooing babies don't bother us one bit. Moreover, we believe it is important for children to worship with their parents, and be taught how to sit through the Service (Ezra10:1, Matthew 18:1-5). Feel encouraged to sit toward the front where it is easier for the little ones to see and hear what is going on, and stay involved (Matthew 19:13-15).
Quietly take the time to explain the parts of the Service and the actions of the Pastor, and ushers. Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you. We also understand that children have a sin nature, you are welcome to remove them from the room for instruction and training, but please come back (Ephesians 6:1-4)!
We equally invite our soon to be adult children to participate in conversation with our church family adults. To glean wisdom from them as they grow and mature into the next generation of church members and leaders (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house or worship.
The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
Join us Sunday mornings at 10am for worship at Valencia Valley Elementary School.
We invite you to join us for a fellowship lunch immediately after service. On the last Sunday of each month, we have an evening fellowship meal at a members home in lieu of a potluck lunch. However, please feel free to pack a lunch on the last Sunday of the month and stay for a time of fellowship after church. For our visitors, please feel free to come last minute without food. We plan for visitors and look forward to you staying and sharing a meal with us.