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.

If you’re thinking about visiting, here are some answers to common questions.

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

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 household and others.  For the service, please sit 10ft or more from other household units. To serve one another, our request is that parents ensure that younger or more impulsive children remain near a parent. 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). 

Q: Do I need to wear a mask?

Our state guidelines say that when maintaining a distance of 6ft is not possible, the use of face masks is called for, except for those under the age of two or those having trouble breathing. While maintaining social distance outdoors, the use of a mask is left to your discretion. When going indoors to find the restrooms, please wear a mask.

Q: Is there a bathroom?

Yes, there is a bathroom available. We just ask that you wear a mask and accompany children to the restroom. Please use the available sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces you have touched, and wash your hands thoroughly before exiting.

Q: Do I need to bring my own chair?

If you are able, please bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. Some folding chairs will be available from our host church if you are not able to bring your own.

Q: Can I stay in my car?

Yes! Please let the greeter know you’d like to remain in your car, and they will direct you to a space near the worship area.

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

Yes! We have a space to one side of the outdoor space, with 10 ft or more of distance maintained at all times between household units. If you would like to reserve a “Super Safe Zone” seat please register by clicking here by Saturday so we can have a space prepared for you. We want to set up a great space for you, and it will help us to know the number of people and any specific needs.

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.

For music lyrics, please click here.

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?

In 2020, we are pausing  our Redeemer Kids classes at this time. All children are welcome to join us in the service. If you have squirmy or noisy little ones, you will be in good company! Follow this link for some kids sermon notes: http://redeemercom.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kids-Sermon-Notes-1.pdf. 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.