What to Expect

What to Expect

We would be happy for you to join us this Sunday. One thing you can expect if you visit is a warm welcome.

Our Sunday services are at 3pm & 5pm in the afternoon in West Aurora (or you can view a live video of the service at home). We ask you to reserve a spot for in-person gatherings, and we also ask everyone to wear a mask indoors (although you can remove it while you are seated and listening to the sermon).

If you’re thinking about visiting, here are some answers to some other questions that may be on your mind:

Q: Who’s invited?

Everyone is invited. Even if you haven’t ever really been to church before, or if it’s been a really long time, or if you’ve had bad experiences with church in the past, we’d be honored to have you join us on a Sunday.

Q: Where is it located?

We are currently meeting at Advent Church (905 N Edgelawn Dr Aurora, IL 60506), just north of Rosary High School.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation?

During Covid, we are taking reservations in order to provide sufficient space for social distancing. Though we always hold extra seats for guests, we are helped by knowing how many people to expect. Please make a reservation on our homepage.

Q: What about social distance?

According to current recommendations for the state of Illinois, please maintain a distance of 6ft or more (estimate 2 arm lengths) between your family or “quaranteam” and others. We have 6 ft spacers in our pews to help delineate that distance.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask?

In keeping with our host church’s health guidelines, we ask that you wear a mask inside the building, including when singing. You may remove your mask when seated and listening during the service. There are exceptions for young children and those who cannot medically tolerate a face-covering. Those leading up front on the stage will not wear masks while on stage.

Q: Is there a place to sit if I want more distance?

Yes! We have a space on one side of the auditorium, with 9-ft distance maintained between household units. If you would like to reserve a seat in the 9-ft area, please let us know by checking the box on your reservation.

Q: When should I stay home?

Please stay home if you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

You may wisely return to gatherings after:

  • 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
  • You’ve been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications) AND
  • Your Covid symptoms are improving. (This does not include loss of taste and smell, which may persist beyond recovery.)

Q: What will the music be like?

The music is full of life. We sing a variety of songs–some are new songs written in the past year or two, some are classic hymns written centuries ago. We typically have a band with keyboard, drums, electric guitar, and so on. You’re free to join in worship through singing or reflecting, sitting or standing. And if you don’t feel familiar with the music, you’re welcome to simply listen to the music and the message of the lyrics.

Q: What will the rest of the service be like?

After a time of singing, a pastor leads the church in prayer, and then typically shares one or two announcements. In the heart of the meeting, a pastor will preach a relevant, Scripture-based, Christ-centered message. After the sermon, we will take the Lord’s Supper and then sing one last song in worship.

The service usually runs about an hour and fifteen minutes. Many people hang out for quite a while after the service — praying, meeting people, or catching up and laughing together. If you come, hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet you before you leave.

Q: What should I wear?

Dress is pretty casual, and fairly diverse. So wear what you feel comfortable wearing; you don’t need to bother dressing to impress others. Jeans are really common, but many women will wear skirts or dresses, and some men will wear coats and/or ties. In the summer months, you definitely wouldn’t be the only person wearing shorts.

Q: What about kids?

We are pausing our Redeemer Kids classes at this time, except for a Walkers class for children 15-36 months, during the 3pm service. We hope to add more classes for kids throughout 2021. You can sign up your child for the Walkers class when you reserve your seat for the service. 

All children are welcome to join us in the service. If you have squirmy or noisy little ones, you will be in good company! There is also a “cry room” available at the back of the sanctuary that you can utilize at any time. Check out this kids sermon notes template.

If you have any questions about Redeemer Kids prior to your visit, please contact Aleece Root (aroot@redeemercom.org), our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She’ll be glad to explain more.