Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Bella Vista Church of Christ

We know visiting a new church can be daunting. We don't want it to be more mysterious than it has to be, so we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. If you have a specific question that's not on this list, feel free to reach out anytime.

Are you all currently meeting in person, and if so, what precautions are you taking in relation to Covid-19?

We are meeting in person with two worship services and Bible classes every Sunday morning. The first service is at 8:15 am followed by Bible classes at 9:30, and another worship service at 10:30.With the rising number of infections from Covid-19, the elders would like to encourage those who have not been vaccinated to please consider others around you and maintain social distancing and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible..

It's been a while since I've been to church. Will everyone stare at me if I show up?

Absolutely not. You will be welcomed and greeted by some of the most loving and gracious people you will ever meet. We would be honored to have you with us. Jesus was excited to help people connect to their Heavenly Father, and we are too.

When I come to church, what do I do with my kids?

We love kids and we're excited to welcome yours. Currently, due to the pandemic, we have Bible classes at 9:30 for children ages 2 and up. 

Currently, we are no longer offering classes for our nursery. But, feel free to bring them into the auditorium with you. We would love to have your whole family with us.

What should I expect on a typical Sunday?

We always seek to be reverent as we worship God while understanding that stuffiness isn't the same as reverence. Though we don't always do things exactly the same way, you can expect some combination of singing, prayer, a message from the Bible, and communion.

You won't have to worry about being singled out in any way. We won't ask you to stand and introduce yourself. We want to get to know you, but we want you to feel comfortable as we worship together.

I'm new. Can I take communion?

No one polices who does and doesn't take communion. Scripture teaches that communion (or "the Lord's Supper," as you'll sometimes hear it called) is a memorial designed for those who've entered a covenant relationship with God. It's a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus, to celebrate the rescue and forgiveness it's brought into our lives, and to reaffirm our desire to continue in our relationship with God. Also, communion is a moment in which we celebrate our togetherness and connection as fellow followers of Jesus.

With all of that in mind, if you feel it makes sense for you to take communion, then you're welcome to do so.

You don't have any guitars or pianos during the singing. What's that about?

Our singing is "acapella," which simply means "without instrumental accompaniment." Since the earliest Christians worshipped this way, and since the New Testament only mentions worshiping with our voices, we choose to just sing. We think there's beauty in the simplicity and high level of participation that acapella music brings about. If you're new to faith and don't feel comfortable singing yet, no worries. Feel free to listen.

I notice your church is a "Church of Christ." What exactly does that mean?

Churches of Christ trace their roots back to the Restoration Movement, a time in American religious history when Christians from various denominations decided they wanted to restore the expression of church they read about in the pages of the New Testament.

Though we are an autonomous congregation and aren't governed by any outside creed or council (and may do things differently than other churches of Christ you've attended), we count ourselves a part of the movement to restore Christianity to Christ's design.

We find the hardest parts of that task are the ones that center more on being the church Christ wants us to be than "doing church" the way Christ wants us to do it. We feel like we're always making progress, but we're not there yet. That's why we like calling it a "movement."

What should I wear to church?

What members wear varies. We do not have an official dress code; however, the bible mentions in multiple places we should be modest in our adorning of clothing. We are more concerned that you are with us than with what you are wearing.

What time are your services?

First Services 8:15am Sunday
Bible Classes 9:30am Sunday
Second Services 10:30am Sunday
Sunday evenings services at 5pm, with 4th Sunday set for Care Group meetings. Groups may or may not meet at the building.
Midweek Bible Classes 6:45pm Wednesday

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