First Visit

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the very first time can be a little daunting, especially if you don’t know what to expect. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially if it’s Discovery Community Church you visit. Below you will find out a little about our Sunday morning gatherings so when you show up you aren’t immediately looking for an exit!

Time and Place
Our address is 250 10th Ave, in the heart of downtown Campbell River, B.C., and our services begin each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., lasting approximately 90 minutes. The service begins with about 15 minutes of music, including a time of offering, followed by God Sightings (a time of sharing what God has done in our lives), a short children’s moment, a sermon, and closing with another 15 minute music worship set.

What Should I Wear?
Clothing is not optional…other than that it doesn’t matter. We care more about what you are like on the inside, not outside.

Parking
There’s free street parking all along 10th Avenue but that can fill up quickly. Immediately behind Discovery Community Church is a parking lot for the Campbell River Community Centre with lots of spaces that are usually quite available. It’s a short walk around to the front of the building. Other public parking is found across 10th Avenue in some public parking lots.

The Building
Our building is a renovated movie theatre, and as you enter the church you will receive a worship folder/bulletin with important information about Discovery and upcoming events. The Worship Auditorium is on the right hand side, and to the left are classrooms and Discovery Square, a meeting hall for special events.

Children
Children are an important part of the Discovery Community Church body. We welcome families to worship together for the first part of the service, and children are dismissed to attend Sunday school after the children’s moment portion of the service.

For the children’s first time in class, a registration form will need to be completed; parents should escort their children to the class if it’s their first time, in order to fill out the forms and so they know what classroom their children are in. Children in the nursery/pre-school must be signed in by the parent/guardian each week.

Your children’s safety is of the highest priority while they are in our care. We follow the Plan to Protect abuse prevention policy and do all we can to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all the children who come through our doors.

Music
Worshiping God through music plays an integral part of our Sunday services. A typical service will have about 30 minutes of dynamic, engaging music. While there is a variety of styles and genres – based mainly in rock/pop, with the occasional hymn – at Discovery, we focus on creating an environment where God is glorified, and people are engaged in His presence, regardless of musical style.

Prayer
We pray to the God of the Bible. We believe that prayer is more than just catharsis. We believe that God desires for us to seek His heart and ask for what He is eager to give. Sometimes we pray for relevant needs in our city and our world.

God Sightings
Most services, we include a very important time of encouragement as we publically testify to the reality of God in our lives and how we have seen His presence among us. Individuals are given opportunity to speak but not coerced.

Children’s Moment
Children have a special place in our service as they are as much a part of our church family as those of us that have been around for awhile. The Children’s Moment is a short teaching time before the children are released to Sunday School.

Sermons
We value the teaching and presentation of God’s Word. The time when we study the Bible is an important portion when one of the pastors of the church preach a sermon. Typically, Discovery will work through a specific book of the Bible over several months. The teaching segment is approximately 40 minutes in length to encourage in-depth teaching of God’s precious Word.

Giving
There is a time in our service when an offering bag is passed through the congregation. Giving out of our earnings is one way where we worship God; it is not a payment nor a gimmick, but a joy and responsibility for those who consider Discovery Community Church their church. The money given goes to sustain and spread the mission of Discovery Church in Campbell River and beyond. Discovery does not hold any expectation for visitors to participate in the offering.

The Lord’s Supper
The table is celebrated monthly and is open to anyone with a resolve that faith in Jesus Christ is our only hope for humans. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration and supplication for the grace provided for in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All followers of Jesus are invited to participate in this regardless of what church you belong to. We often use a “self-serve” format with tables set up in the front of the auditorium. Please prepare your heart during the communion time then one may go to one of the communion stations, pick up a piece of bread and a small cup of juice and partake. This is also an excellent time to demonstrate new found faith.

Fellowship
On your way out, please stop by the welcome sign our “Guest Book” and complete a “Connection Card” which may be given to a pastor or greeter. Lastly, on the first Sunday of the month, please join us as our guest for our Fellowship lunch after the service. And chances are, some of the other worshippers or guests will say “hi” to you throughout the morning.

We hope to see you on Sunday – if you are able to hang around after the service, be sure to track down one of the pastors (or another of the leaders who’ll you see up front) and introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you!

We want everything we do to exalt and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the gospel (Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection) is of primary importance.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.