Sherwood Community Friends Church seeks to engage in meaningful worship and teaching, provide opportunities for fun times with friends and family, and offer enriching educational classes for you and your children. It is our desire that our Sunday morning gathering will be a highlight of your week. Below, we’ve provided a bit more information about Sundays at Sherwood Community Friends Church.
What You Can Expect
Worship at SCFC is casual and moves at a comfortable pace.
On a typical Sunday, about 100 people of all ages take part in our worship gathering comprised of singing, praying, teaching, fellowship, and a practice known as open worship during which we invite everyone to listen to God together. An offering is taken during the service, but visitors are not expected to give.
Child care is provided for nursery and preschool-aged children during the main gathering. During the school year, grade school ages are dismissed to Kids Quest (our children’s church program) during the gathering as well.
What is open worship?
Open worship is a spiritual practice that Friends (Quaker) churches use to listen to God, and we make time for this practice almost every Sunday. We typically begin in silence, giving people a chance to focus their attention on God and remove any distractions from their minds and hearts. For some, this period of extended silence can sometimes feel awkward, but many soon realize the tremendous peace that comes from quieting the heart and mind — silence is fuel for the soul.
During this time of silent waiting, it is common for someone to feel prompted by God to share with the community. In the past, people have shared prayers, praises, songs, messages, and more. We try not to limit or judge how God is moving someone to respond.
We continue waiting and sharing until we collectively feel released to move forward with our gathering. Sometimes many people feel prompted to share, sometimes only a few share, and sometimes no one shares — no matter the number, each time of open worship is a success because we’ve been faithful to listen.