Venturing out to visit a church that is new to
you can be somewhat intimidating, especially if you are checking
out church for the first time
(or if we just seem new to you). When
you come to worship with us at
The Sycamore Church, here are some
things that you can expect. We really donít want you to feel
unprepared. So here is what you will findÖ
In Savannah, casual dress can change with the temperature.
Honestly, we have people come in the door in shorts and sandals,
slacks and button-downs, jeans and t-shirts. Everybody gets
Real worship not performance
We have very gifted worship leaders. In any given service you will
hear acoustic guitars, electric bass, keyboard, trumpets, penny
whistle, and of course drums. They are excellent musicians, but the
focus is not on them. It is on their hearts being offered to God.
Our singers are not performing. They are more concerned with
worshipping God themselves and leading others to worship. The most
important characteristics in worship for us are authenticity and
Contemporary praise and worship
We sing songs of the heart for God. The tempo of our music
represents the joy we have in knowing God while using the
instruments common to our culture. It is very important to us that
everyone experiences a feeling of being drawn into Godís
Songs projected on a screen
We find it easier to use a screen with the words projected on it
than books. By using the projector and screen we can introduce new
songs without having to purchase new books. By the way, the screen
also comes in handy when we use video clips during our teaching
time as well as providing a PowerPoint of the message outline.
Snacks, coffee, and soft drinks
One of the delicious opportunities available each Sunday morning is
the time that we share over coffee, muffins, doughnut holes, and
sincere conversation with people who really care. Snacks are
usually available by 9:00 a.m.
Caring, competent, and Biblical childrenís
Our Kidzone and Childrenís Area is filled with people who love
children and have lots of experience with them. We have areas for
infants through children aged 4 in the Fellowship Hall building.
The Kidzone group meets with the adults for the music portion of
the worship service, then they move to their area in the main
Bible based teaching for practical application
Our responsibility is to teach what God has said and present it so
that application is clear. It is our conviction that biblical
teaching by its definition is God speaking through the speaker.
People who worship God by hearing the word will do what they hear
(or they havenít really been listening at all).
Two unique services with different dynamics
Every Sunday we have two services, one at 9:30 a.m. and one at
11:00 a.m. Both services have a musical component that is unique to
the service. The 9:30 a.m. service is more interactive. Often,
scripture is read and discussed. Videos are used to make points or
as introductions. The 11:00 a.m. service is less casual in its
format and follows a format of praise and worship followed by a
A time of prayer and ministry at the conclusion of the
Most churches have a traditional ďaltar callĒ at the end of a
worship service. It has traditionally been a time when the
pastor/leader calls for a commitment to follow Jesus. Some
congregations use this time to invite people to join the church. In
our worship service, there are several ways to respond. The first
is the communication card you receive with the bulletin as you
enter. Any prayer requests that you desire for the pastors to
partner with you about can be written. Requests to talk to the
pastor or decisions you might like to share about steps in your
life with Jesus can also be shared on the card. The end of our
worship service usually includes a time of prayer and ministry.
Leaders from the church and the pastors are available for people to
pray with. It is a time for spiritual needs to be met and for
obstacles between you and God to be removed. Since we do not use
offering plates or set aside a time for an offering, most people
will bring their offering to one of the baskets in the front of the
sanctuary during the ministry time; however, there is also a basket
at the rear of the room beside door.