When does the service start, and how long is it?
Desert Palm’s Sunday service begins at 9 a.m. and typically runs about 65 to 70 minutes. On the first Sunday of the month, when we have communion, the service runs about 70 to 75 minutes.
And who may take communion?
Anyone who would like to do so. Generally, ushers pass communion bread and grape juice to the congregation, which remains seated and passes the communion trays down each row. Gluten-free options are available.
What is a typical service like?
You can count on Scripture, music (choir and congregation), a special message for children (after which they depart for Sunday School) and a progressive sermon.
Our Chancel Choir (adult choir) sings on most Sundays, September through May. We also have children’s choirs and a bell choir—each of which is a part of the service during the fall, winter and spring. Soloists and other musical groups complement the music program at Desert Palm. We welcome newcomers into each of these musical groups!
What if my child can’t sit still through the whole service?
Don’t worry! Desert Palm is very welcoming to children, and we understand they are not always going to sit quietly in their seats. There is a little stand near at the rear of the church with children’s bulletins and crayons, which may help keep little minds and hands occupied.
We also have a staffed nursery for children up to age 3. It’s across the atrium, in the classroom/fellowship hall. We also have Sunday School for children 3 through high school, which meets in classrooms down the hall from the nursery.
The younger kids are called forward about a third of the way through the service for a “time with children.” On their way to the altar, they bring up the congregation’s food bank donations. The lesson concludes with the Lord’s Prayer, after which the children and youth are led to Sunday School; it lasts the rest of the service. Parents pick up children in their classrooms after the service.
What happens after the service?
Once the service is over, we meet for coffee and snacks. If the weather is good, we meet in the atrium just outside the sanctuary. If it’s not so good, we meet in Mission Hall, which is just across the atrium. Study groups, committees, and church teams often meet following the service.