What to Expect on Sunday Mornings
Our multicultural and multiethnic congregation is comprised of people of all ages, including families with young children, college students, and retirees. We are friendly and committed to making guests feel welcome. Dress ranges from casual to business casual.
We worship at Stephens Middle School in West Long Beach. Each Sunday, we transform the auditorium into a sanctuary and change classrooms into kids ministry rooms. Parents can sign-in their children at the welcome table and drop them off in the nursery, preschool, and pre-kindergarten classes before the service starts. Elementary school (Kindergarten – Second and Third – Fifth graders join the service for worship and announcements before they are dismissed to their classes. On Family Sundays (usually the last Sunday of the month), kids stay for worship and a lesson for the young disciples before they are dismissed.
We serve coffee before the service and refreshments after the service to encourage fellowship. On the last Sunday of the month, we share a potluck meal together at the conclusion of the service.
We enjoy a range of musical styles and we believe that our worship should reflect God’s creativity, whether the music is contemporary, gospel, salsa, or traditional hymns. We believe the people of God must learn to enjoy one another’s cultures and not allow one style to be considered dominant. We also believe in congregational singing—not spotlight performances. God wants us all to sing our hearts out to Him for that is where our joy is found.
Through expository sermons, the preacher explores the main points and themes of a given Biblical text. Sermons are 30-40 minutes long and contain an exhortation to live a grace-empowered life for God. FOL sermons often contain anecdotes, cultural references, and humor. They are accessible to those who are very familiar with the Bible and those who are encountering the Bible for the first time.
Translation: Spanish translation is available. Please pick up a headset in the back of the auditorium.