what to expect
We meet in a small chapel built in 1975 on the bluff overlooking Cook Inlet. Huge windows look to the south over the water and the Kenai Mountians across Turnagain Arm. An old log-sided building dating from the 50's was the first meeting place on this property.
We have two morning service on Sundays: 8:00am and 11:00am, with a Sunday School hour in between (9:40am-10:40am) for all ages. The services are identiical. The worship songs are a mix of classic and contemporary and incorporate a variety of instrumentation from week to week. We often stand to sing, believing it helps us to be more engaged and to sing better.
Our services are more traditional in style, yet the feel is fairly informal. Some men wear ties, most do not. People come in all kinds of dress from very casual to quite spiffy. The focus is not on wardrobe - it is on worshipping the Lord Almighty!
Offering plates are not passed at the services. People are welcome to leave their gifts to the Lord and His Church in the offering box in the foyer.
We serve "open" Communion the first Sunday of each month, which means if you are a follower of Christ, you are welcome to participate. You do not have to be a member or a regular attender of Chapel by the Sea.
Each week we take time for public prayer. People can speak what's on their heart both for needs, and for praise to God for the good things He has done. No one is put on the spot, but you do have the opportunity to speak out loud to the congregation about your desire for prayer.
The preaching of the Word of God (Bible) is normally exegetical in format , opening the meaning of the Scripture line by line, verse by verse. The services run about 70 - 85 minutes total. Occasionally we have guest speakers and special presentations.
Please call 345-4424 if you want to find out more about the plans for an upcoming service.
There is a 15-20 minute break between Sunday School (Bible classes for all ages) and the 11:00 AM service. And yes - there's coffee (and tea).