The Weekend Experience
The Weekend Experience:
Each weekend at Sebastopol Christian, we tell a story. We focus on telling a compelling story rooted in the Bible that will impact your life. Our weekend services are upbeat and uplifting. Each weekend, that story is teaching us something different. It’s centered around the person of Jesus Christ. We do have some practices that are rooted in tradition—but we are not stuck in tradition.
When you come to Sebastopol Christian as a guest, there are no expectations of you, period. We’re glad you’re here and want you to feel comfortable being in church. Sebastopol Christian is different. It doesn’t matter how many tattoo’s or piercings you have, what color your skin is or how colorful your past might be… you are welcome here wherever you’re at on your spiritual journey. We’re just glad you are open to how Jesus might impact that journey.
Our services are engaging and meaningful. We use music, art, video and other media to tell the story. The band will take the stage and get you engaged in singing to the God who created us. You’ll hear a message grounded in the Bible that is relevant to your life.
During the weekend, we have a quality children’s ministry that cares for and teaches your kids. We know how important that is, so we make sure they have a program geared toward them. They are cared for & taught by trained and screened volunteers. Their safety is our priority. Visit the Check-In Station as you enter our doors downstairs, and there will be someone ready to help your children get where they need to go.
As you leave our building after services, our hope and prayer is that you have experienced something different when it comes to your view of church. We hope you see that a relationship with Jesus Christ can be journey that is both vibrant and exciting.
Can my kids sit with me in the weekend services?
The short answer is yes. We understand it can be difficult dropping your kids off to people you don’t know. We also want you to know we take extensive measures to provide a safe, clean, and well-prepared environment for your child. Additionally, the adult gathering is not meant for children… especially those younger than middle school age. And although we never want to be brash or crude, we often discuss matters that are not addressed to children. When you are ready, we suggest giving our children’s ministry a try.
Do you take communion? If so, how often?
Yes. We provide a weekly opportunity to observe Communion. A short explanation & prayer will precede a time to individually reflect, and then take a small piece of bread and cup of grape juice representing Christ’s body and blood that he shed for us on the cross.
Can I bring a friend with me?
Are you kidding? That’s what this story is all about. We are passionate about inviting others into the life God has for us. Friends inviting family & friends is how we began many years ago and continues to be the primary way we reach out around us.
Do you baptize people?
Yes. We baptize people during our weekend services. After someone shows interest, we follow up to make sure their decision to follow Jesus is clarified. We will arrange for the date and times to do the baptism. You’ll get all the details of what to wear and what is provided by our church.
Do you have any service opportunities?
Sebastopol Christian is a church with a heart for the lost and the hurting. Because of this DNA we consistently have outreach opportunities to our community and around the world. We serve monthly with the Redwood Empire Food Bank; and with Redwood Gospel Mission. Our Barnabas program provides hot showers and food to homeless persons on Mondays and Thursdays each week. We also monthly host for a busload of men & women from Redwood Gospel Mission, who come for dinner, and sleep over in our Fellowship Hall area.
Globally, we reach out with a combined partnership in Zimbabwe (a mission hospital); in Central Mexico (an orphanage); in Chile (evangelism and education); and in Korea (radio broadcasting; a children’s home, and Christian university). 18% of our offerings go toward global and local outreach organizations.
What should I wear when I attend?
The only dress code at Sebastopol is… wear something. Flip flops and t-shirts are fine. So is a suit if you prefer. You’ll find a variety of attire over the weekend, but the predominant style is casual. Our pastors typically do not wear a coat or tie.
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7433 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Saturday – 5:30 pm
Sunday – 9:00 am – 10:40 am
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