July 3, 2017

What to Expect

All Are Welcome!

We are a church for all God’s people, and we welcome visitors and questions. From our leadership, to our music, to our meetings and everything in between, we work hard to be a home for anyone in west Charlotte who puts their hope in Jesus… and a welcome place for anyone who has questions about what that even means. Come and join us!

Here are some common questions people have about Sundays at West Charlotte Church. Do you have another question? Send us an email and we would be happy to answer it. We can usually reply within a day or so!

Can I Get a Ride?

Yes! If you would like help with transportation, please call (980) 277-0304 and leave us a message with your name, phone number, and address. We will contact you to arrange a ride.

What Should I Wear?

At WCC, we know that God cares more about the heart than about outward appearances. Please wear what you think best to gather in the presence of the God who is both mighty King and loving Father. People wear a wide range of things to WCC and we think that is right and good.

Do You Have Info for Visitors?

Yes! We have a welcome table just inside the main entrance where you can ask questions, get directions, get nursery and children’s info, and sign up for things.

Why Do You Have a Meal after Church Every Week?

We believe that eating with people is one of the best ways for us to get to know each other. Please stick around and join us for lunch! [Our weekly meal is on pause during COVID]

What Happens after Lunch on Sundays?

After lunch we have a brief time (about 30-45 minutes) of teaching and discussion for all ages. During this time we have a nursery and childcare for children through pre-K, a children’s class for those in kindergarten through 5th grade in the library, and a class for adults and older youth in the cafeteria. [Our weekly teaching time I on pause during COVID

How Do You Take Care of Children?

We love kids at WCC. Jesus welcomed the children to come to him and so do we! During worship, we welcome children of all ages and we also offer a nursery and childcare (through pre-K) and a room for nursing mothers. After the fellowship meal we have a time of teaching and singing for all children (kindergarten through 5th grade). All our volunteers have background checks and carefully follow our Child Protection Policy. You can find more information here.

What Is Worship Like?

Diverse: WCC welcomes all kinds of people, and our worship reflects this  diversity.

Simple: We think keeping worship simple helps us to focus on God.

Elements: Keeping worship simple means our worship includes prayer, singing, reading and preaching the Bible, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confessions of faith, offerings, and occasionally vows (like membership vows and things like that).

Participation: We believe worship is for the people and not just about the pastor or leaders. Our service is designed to make it easy for everyone to participate. We explain as we go to make it easy to catch on.

Children: One benefit of simple worship is it makes it easy for children to join in. We welcome children of all ages to our service, and we offer a nursery and childcare for children through pre-K as well as a room for nursing mothers. You can find more information here and also at our welcome table on Sunday mornings.

Bible: We put reading and preaching God’s word at the center of our worship. Our pastors work hard to explain the meaning of the Bible in everyday words.

Lord’s Supper: We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week. If you have been baptized by a Christian church, if you rely upon Jesus alone for the forgiveness of sins, if you have made a public profession of faith, and if you are a member of any church that believes and proclaims the good news of Jesus, we welcome you to join us! Haven’t done that yet, but would like to? Please let us know and we would be happy to walk you through the process.

Music: We believe that music is for the people, and so we encourage the whole congregation to “be the choir” and we keep the music pretty simple. Our music is both “old” and “new” and draws from the range of traditions in west Charlotte. Our songs come from the African American Heritage Hymnal and the Trinity Hymnal (especially those songs that appear in both), and we also use new praise songs that carry on those traditions.