15 Foster Road, Iowa City, IA 52245
Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday Children's Programming
A Typical Service
We understand that visiting an unfamiliar church can be a little scary. Having an idea of what to expect can help. Here are some answers to popular questions about visiting Parkview Central Campus on a typical Sunday.
Where do I go once I’m inside the church?
Once you’ve parked and made your way to the front door, you’ll be met by greeters who are ready to direct you if you need help on where to go. Anyone you see with a green “I CAN HELP” badge can also assist you and answer your questions. We also have a “Parkview Connect” center at the right and to the back where you can get more in-depth questions answered about how to get connected at Parkview and find out what’s happening at the church.
What about my kids?
We have a Family Check-In station located to the back and left as you come in the front doors. Our Check-In Assistants will help you find the right room for your kids and provide security name tags for them.
If you desire to leave your children (36 months and under) in the Nursery, you’ll find it to your left and down the hall in Rooms 1 and 2 after you walk in.
We have Pre-K Sunday School and Unite & Launch at the 9:30 and 11:00 am services. All of our Sunday Schools have both a large and a small group time. During large group, children come together to enjoy music with our Kids Praise Team. Our Bible story time uses drama, puppets, and video to share God’s word with our children. The children then break up into small groups. Each small group has a “shepherd” or small group leader who is intent on building relationships with them and helping them understand more about who Jesus is.
If you have students in Jr. High or High School, they can check out The Experience during our 9:30 am service.
Where is the sanctuary?
To the right of the
All children are welcome to join us for the service. We have reserved the back row of chairs in the Worship Center especially for parents of very young children. If your child becomes too fitful their is an alcove outside of the Worship Center with a live television feed of the service. If your child is in the Nursery, you may see your child’s assigned number appear on the bottom of the screen during the church service. This is to notify you to go to your child’s room.
What’s your service like?
At the beginning of each service, we begin our time together with music and worship, led by a worship leader and team. The worship style in the Worship Center typically includes vocalists, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and percussion, but also regularly features full choir, orchestral ensembles, brass and even the occasional “unplugged” set. Expect a lot of musical variety including occasional gospel, celtic and bluegrass flavors.
The worship leader will direct you as to when to sit or stand, or with directions for other parts of the service, so don’t worry about making a “mistake.” Along with our musical worship, we occasionally feature worship dance and video presentations as part of our service. Our worship is structured but not stiff – we want to remember that we do all for the glory of God. Normally, we sing and worship together for four to five songs. There will also be times of prayer for needs in our congregation, community and world, and announcements of Parkview events and happenings.
We do receive an offering during this worship time. Visitors are often uncomfortable with this aspect of church and we understand this. We believe giving is for people who are committed to Parkview Church and don’t expect visitors to give an offering.
Do I need to dress up?
Parkview worship services are a casual dress environment. Attenders typically wear a variety of styles, from shorts and flip-flops to slacks and dress shirts. If you are the type of person that gets chilly in a movie theater, you might consider bringing a light jacket.
Do you preach a sermon?
After the music and worship time one of our pastors delivers a sermon. You will usually have been given an outline to help you follow along, and there are presentations of key points and verses projected on the screens to the left and right of the stage to help as well. Watch for the occasional video interspersed with the message to enhance a key point. You can see and hear our messages here.
There may also be an occasional closing song after the message. After the pastor dismisses the congregation, you can exit back out the entrance doors or the side doors located at all of the corners of the Worship Center. We also have elders available at the front of the Worship Center for anyone with prayer concerns or who might need some spiritual guidance. A typical worship service lasts about an hour and 10 minutes.
We think you’ll like the friendly atmosphere, the spiritual encouragement, and the opportunity to grow spiritually at Parkview. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Ready for the Next Step?
We recognize that connecting with a church and establishing meaningful relationships takes effort by both the newcomer and the church family. Here are some ways you can get started.
Parkview Connect CENTER
A chance to meet Parkview leaders, staff and volunteers and find out how to get connected at Parkview. Just stop by the Parkview Connect center on Sunday mornings and we’ll take care of any questions you might have about your next steps at Parkview.
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