What to Expect Your First Visit to Life Bridge
Your first Sunday checking out a new church can be nerve-wracking. Getting connected with a local body of believers is a big deal, and there are lots of great Green Bay churches that are all part of the body of Christ along with us. You've likely heard of some of the larger Green Bay churches like Green Bay Community Church, Life Church or Celebration Church, but if God is perhaps calling you to a smaller but still growing family, we'd love to welcome you to Life Bridge Christian Church! We’ve put together this short guide on what you can expect when you attend an 8:30 or 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship service at Life Bridge.
How to Dress
God didn’t make us the fashion police. Come as you are, wearing whatever you feel is appropriate for worship. You’ll see business casual, jeans and t-shirts and just about everything in between.
We've recently updated the facade on our facility at 2496 Glendale Avenue, but it still doesn't look like your typical church building. That's because it used to be a roller rink that many people in the area grew up attending. In any case, don’t judge the book by the cover. What matters most is that it feels like a church should on the inside, from the interior of the building to the hospitality of the people.
As our guest, we invite you to pull up right to the front of the building in our “visitors” parking spots. If those aren’t available, our recently expanded parking lot will hopefully have room. Overflow parking is available on the side of the building and in the neighboring “Elements” business parking lot.
Once you get to the door, you’ll be greeted immediately with a smile, a handshake and a bulletin. Make yourself at home. You are welcome here.
Where to Go
- Mingle in the foyer – everyone would love to meet you
- Restrooms and coat hangers are to your left in the foyer
- Grab some free coffee, water and refreshments at the kitchenette
- Securely check in your kids (up through 4th grade) next to the hallway on the left
- Head to the auditorium for our 8:30 or 10:15 a.m. worship service
Finding a Seat
Take a seat in any comfortable chair you’d like. You shouldn’t have a hard time finding one before the service starts, but it can fill up quickly once the first worship song begins. If the service has already started, an usher can help you find a seat. Settle in and prepare your heart to worship our Lord!
Need a Bible?
We encourage everyone to bring and engage with his/her own Bible, but if you don’t have one, we have several available in the back of the auditorium to grab before the service. Before the message starts, you’ll have an opportunity to raise your hand and have an usher bring you one.
Typically after a few songs, ushers will pass around the offering plates. Especially as a first-time visitor, we invite you to fill out the tear-off portion of your bulletin and place it in the offering plate. It’s a great way to start getting connected.
We always strive to keep the focus on Who we worship, not how, but we understand people have preferences. We feature a primarily contemporary worship service with some hymns occasionally sprinkled in. Andy King, our staff worship director, and a talented team of volunteers comprise a full worship band. You might even catch Pastor Mike Tappa on the drums. Express your worship however you feel comfortable.
Pastor Mike Tappa speaks the truth with love. The truth of God’s Word won’t be watered down in this place. You’ll be challenged and convicted, but you’ll leave feeling encouraged and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live for Christ better than when you arrived. We encourage you to check out our core beliefs and listen to previous sermons to get a better feel.
We offer a time of communion every Sunday. Participation is open to all who have committed their lives to following Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We may do it a little different than you’ve experienced: Walk forward to pick up the emblems (bread and juice), and feel free to either pray with other people or enjoy fellowship between you and God. Whatever you need to do to remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and His resurrection, which provides victory over death.
After the Service, Now What?
We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to others. At Life Bridge, we’re not about attending church, we’re about being the church, and we want you to feel that. Our leaders are accessible, our members are welcoming and our growing family has room for you.
We invite you to continue exploring our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and return at least for a second Sunday.
If this is where God wants you to be, we can’t wait to get to know you more as we spur each other on to become more like Christ.
If it isn’t where God wants you to be, we’re grateful we could help clarify your search, and we pray that God would lead you somewhere where truth and love abound!
It’s not a competition to be one of the best churches in Green Bay; it’s about helping to make all the Christ-following, Bible-believing churches in Green Bay stronger. We’re on the same team, for God’s glory!
Contact us with any questions.