What Should I Expect?
How long is a service?
Worship services at ECC Princeton are about an hour long. Each service includes a call to worship (an invitation to focus our attention on God’s presence with us), songs of worship led by a worship team, and prayer. We offer a short children’s moment that is specifically designed to help the youngest worshipers interact with Biblical truth. Then a short passage from the Bible is read, and a pastor shares a message to help us understand the passage and see how it helps us to think and live as followers of Christ. If it’s the first Sunday of the month, the service will also include a celebration of Communion; any follower of Jesus is welcome to participate, regardless of church membership.
How should I dress?
We’d like you to feel at home, so please wear what makes you comfortable. (That’s what we do! Many of us dress casually, but others like to dress up a bit.) Wear what you like, and you’ll be warmly welcomed.
What about my kids?
Jesus welcomed children, and so do we. We offer worship activity bags for kids when they arrive, to help them engage in worship and explore their God-given approach to learning through play. Noise is normal and wiggles are welcome. If a snack would help your child, feel free to bring one along.
Our Sunday morning ministries to children are re-opening this summer! Currently, a nursery for children under 3 is offered during the 9:00 am service on our lower level (register here). In August, our separate preschool and elementary MissionKids classes will also reopen; at present, we offer a short, socially-distanced MissionKids class for preK through 1st grades at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. In all our children’s ministries, safety is our top priority.
I have some physical challenges. Am I welcome?
Yes! We have accessible parking near the front and back entrances. (Please note: only the front entrance is wheelchair-accessible.) The sanctuary on the upper level is accessible via the elevator, which is located at the front entrance in the main lobby. Accessible restrooms are located on the lower level via the same elevator. ECC Princeton is committed to learning and growing as an accessible place. If there is any barrier we can remove, please let us know and we will do our best to address it immediately.
What about COVID-19?
We are grateful to be gathering for worship both in-person and online. This allows us to invite people to grow in their connection with God and each other while respecting the different choices people are making about safety in this challenging season. In June, we lifted some of our COVID protocols; we see the summer as a “bridge season” that will allow us to move forward as a congregation while providing options for those who are moving at different paces towards a time of more openness.
- All Sunday services: No seat reservations are needed, and roped-off pews are reopened.
- 9 am service: Masks are optional; over-flow seating is available in the Fellowship Hall if the sanctuary feels too full.
- 10:30 am service: This service will continue to be more COVID-aware for those who feel cautious about a return to larger gatherings. We ask that non-vaccinated people still wear masks while entering, exiting, and while singing. Also, please try to spread throughout the sanctuary as much as possible, giving people comfortable distance from each other.
- Virtual options will continue to be offered Sundays at 9:00 am (Facebook), 10:30 am (YouTube and WZOE 1490 AM).