We know that the first time visiting a church can be a stressful experience. When you think about it, everyone had to be a first-time visitor at some point. We want your first time at our church to be as enjoyable and memorable as possible, so we've tried to think of all the quesitons that we've heard from people who were coming for the first time. We hope this covers it all, but if it doesn't, feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call at 304.596.9330 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday).
Where do you meet?
The Church at Martinsburg meets at 50 Monroe Street, located in the northwest part of Martinsburg, visible from U.S. 11 and near Berkeley Plaza. The church also meets in homes around the eastern panhandle as Community Groups throughout the week.
When do you meet?
- We have two services every Sunday morning at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
- In smaller groups — we call them Community Groups, which meet in our members' homes most nights of the week. If you're interested in signing up or looking for more information, click here.
What does a typical Sunday look like?
Worship at the Church at Martinsburg is multi-facted. Worship consists of encouraging one another through fellowship, the public reading of Scripture, the singing of songs, celebrating the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, and the public preaching and teaching of God's word. All of these together comprise biblical worship.
We love the sound of people singing and the sight of people worshiping. God’s people singing His truth have the power to encourage us and build our faith.
Therefore, we carefully select a mix of traditional and contemporary songs to point us to a variety of truths about God and his Word. Our Worship Team’s goal is to lead the people to join them in singing, not just perform for them. Our hope is to create an environment where the congregation feels more like a Church Choir than an audience. So we keep the lights on and encourage everyone to sing, as we celebrate the Lord together.
Following our time of music, most of our time is devoted to expositional preaching, meaning we go verse-by-verse, book-by-book. We preach with passion and lead you to relevant application. We recognize we have been given "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27) and we believe all of Scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16). We want to dig into the Bible and through our biblical preaching, we want to make much of Christ as we nourish the hearts of people with God's Word. Our preaching serves as a spotlight to Jesus. We want to magnify the glory of Christ so our preaching is always rooted in the gospel, saturated by the gospel, and leading you to the gospel. We'll always point you to Jesus.
Toward the end of our service, we provide an opportunity for personal reflection, repentance, as well as prayer with our pastors. We regularly partake in the Lord's Supper and during this time you can take communion with your family, friends, or by yourself.
In any and every case, we want to glorify God for His Son, through His Spirit, according to His Word, and with His people. Worship is a way of life for us and we want our hearts inflamed with joy and love for Jesus. He's preeminent and the core. He's the prize and the goal. Worship is our response to His surpassing worth.
What should I wear?
We’re more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. Most people will dress in casual weekend attire, so dress how you feel comfortable and you’ll fit right in.
Is there anything for my kids?
Absolutely! Our children's ministry, G4 Kids, is led by Jamie Leatherman, our Associate Pastor, at email@example.com. Classes are available from 6 weeks old to fifth-grade. New parent check-in can be found in the main lobby (just past the Guest Services table). Our volunteers are there to help you find the class that is the best for your child and to introduce you to one of our volunteers that hold babies and teach each week.
For middle and high school students, we have a Student Community Group that meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. during the school year.