+ When should I plan to get there?
People will be arriving between 4:00pm and 4:30pm. Parking can be challenging in Nob Hill. If you’re driving, give yourself ten minutes to hunt. We’ll also validate your parking at select parking garages (see above). (And don’t worry if you arrive late. We’ve been there!)
+ What do I do while I wait for everything to start?
Check out the information table in the back. There will be someone to talk to, information to take home, and a selection of books that have shaped the vision and convictions of our community.
+ How do I enroll my kids in childcare?
If you have children elementary aged or younger, then check them into Citizens Kids at the information table. One of our volunteers will guide you through the process and walk you and your children to the children’s area next to the auditorium. (And before you come, read “What My Kids Can Expect” with them.)
+ My kids are too old for King’s Kids, or not interested. What can they do?
For older kids and for those who would rather sit with their parents, we have Sunday Coloring sheets, crayons, and lollipops in the back. The coloring sheets are listening guides for kids that help them to stay engaged in the Sunday service. On the way home, they also provide a great way to talk with your kids about what they saw and heard.
+ What’s a typical worship service like?
At Citizens, we always open with songs that walk through the basic gospel story: that God is all good, we are not, but Christ saves freely. Afterwards, we take a short break to welcome one another. A pastor will then teach from a section of the Bible, seeking to explain it and relate it to life in San Francisco. Then, we finish with the Lord’s Supper, an opportunity for Citizens members to give financially, and a couple more songs. We close with a benediction, “a blessing for the road.”
+ Do I have to [sing, stand, talk, take communion, give money, etc.]?
You are our guest and are welcome as you are. There is wide freedom to participate (or not) in each aspect of our worship. In particular, communion and giving is offered for those who believe in Jesus Christ and are able to do so in faith and with joy.
+ If I like it, what’s next?
Sunday Worship, while vital, is only one expression of Citizens Church. If you like it, come back and see us again! But be sure and fill out a Connect Card and get in touch with a Missional Family Leader. We are convinced that church is a people, not a building or an event. Joining a Missional Family is the best way to get to know us as a people.