Your First Visit
We have all experienced the uncertainty of visiting a church for the first time. And while we've tried to answer some of the most common questions here, please remember - there is no better way to get to know us than to actually join us on a Sunday morning.
When Is Worship?
Worship services are held every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. We suggest you arrive approximately 10 minutes early to give you time to park and find a seat.
Where Are You Located?
Our address is 1900 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305
What Should I Wear?
Wear whatever feels right for you. You'll notice that on any given Sunday some people dress a little more formally while others prefer much more casual clothing.
Where Do I Park?
We have ample parking behind the church, or along Jefferson Street.
Will Someone Greet Me When I Arrive?
Yes! It doesn't matter if you've been coming to Emmanuel for decades or this is your first visit - we always have someone there to say hello to everyone who visits the church.
How Long Does Worship Last?
Approximately one hour, followed by a coffee time where everyone is welcome!
Where Should I Sit?
We have open seating everywhere. Please find a seat that is comfortable for you.
What Can I Expect?
A traditional, but not formal mixture of scripture, preaching, music, and prayer. Communion is offered to all every Sunday, and occasionally we have special services including baptisms, as well as youth and children-led services. Before entering the sanctuary, our ushers will give you an order of service. Much of our service is projected.
Are Children Included?
Yes! Children are an important part of Emmanuel. Every Sunday, Children's Sunday school begins at 10:00 and lasts for 30 minutes. The children then join the worship service in time the message. You are welcome to accompany your child to Sunday School if that makes you or your child feel more comfortable. We want you to know that even though your child is invited to everything, they should feel free to participate in all of it, some of it, or none of it! It's really up to you and your child to decide what's best for both of you. There is no pressure on your child to "do" anything!
What If I Have More Questions?
You will - and we are here to answer all of them! Please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 661-323-3355. Better yet, join us for coffee time after worship and introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better.