Visiting

What to expect

Most members come ten or fifteen minutes prior to the service. We have completed phase one of a renovation which included switching the direction of the sanctuary. Now our entrances are slightly deceptive. Though any of the entrances will work, the best entrance is the single door on the southwest side. It is fully accessible. Enter here, and you’ll come into our new commons area where you can meet people, and hang up coats. As you enter the sanctuary you’ll be greeted, and handed a worship bulletin. You won’t see many suits and ties;  dress style ranges from dressy to jeans and T-shirts.

A typical worship service includes prayers, singing, reading of scripture, a children’s time, a sermon lasting about 20 minutes, an offering, a sharing time followed by prayer, and a time for announcements and introductions. During the announcement time, visitors have a chance to introduce themselves if they like, or they may be introduced by someone who knows them.

Our singing includes both four part hymns without accompaniment, and contemporary songs sung with our music group of acoustic guitar, piano, violin and other instruments.

Children of all ages are welcome in worship. Worship backpacks are available on the back pew to help keep smaller children occupied. There is also a staffed nursery available. Those elementary school age and younger are invited to the front for a 5 minute children’s time every other Sunday.

The offering is usually collected by passing plates for those who wish to contribute.

The service typically lasts about 75 minutes. Following the service there is a 15 minute break.

After the break, Sunday School classes for all ages begin. Visitors are always welcome.  There is a class especially for young adults studying a variety of topics. Some adult classes study the Uniform lesson series, and others use other topics and materials. Children’s classes use materials from the Mennonite Church. Sunday school classes are 45 minutes, usually ending just before noon.

A fellowship meal happens every Sunday during the school year, usually hosted by an adult Sunday school class. The meal is especially intended for visitors – you are welcome to join us without bringing anything but an appetite.

Map and Directions

Automobile Directions from Goshen
Take College Avenue to the light at Lincolnway East (US 33) and turn right.
Follow US 33 for about 5 miles past…
– Walmart on the left
– A bit of open country
– The Airport on the right
– Fairfield High School on the left
On the north edge of Benton, turn left on CR 44.
The church is two blocks ahead on the right.

Bicycle Directions from Goshen
Take the Winona Trail that begins at Goshen College and ends at Bethany Christian Schools.
Cross the Bethany parking lot to State Road 15 and turn left, riding on the wide berm.
Take the second left, County Road 42, which is just before the river.
On County Road 42 follow the curves and take the second right, County Road 27.
County Road 27 begins going south but then turns several times until it becomes County Road 44 going east.
The church is two blocks after you cross US 33, on the left.
A bike rack is located at the southeast corner of the building. You will usually see several bikes there.
For those who desire, a shower is available. For the sake of those who need an accessible restroom, we ask that it not be used after 9:15 am.

Accessibility

For those who have trouble managing stairs, use the southwest entrance where there is a concrete ramp to take you up to the entrance door (which is not automatic). Once inside, a fully enclosed lift brings you up to the sanctuary level or down to the fellowship hall. There is a single handicapped accessible restroom on the sanctuary level. The sanctuary itself has wide aisles with convenient and unobtrusive places for wheelchairs and other walking aids. Seating is a mixture of pews and chairs. Hearing devices are available from the sound booth and large-print hymnals are also available.