Thinking about visiting Oakdale for Easter?
Here are answers to seven questions you might have.
What should I wear?
At Oakdale, you’ll see all styles of dress. Some will wear suit and tie and dresses. Some will wear jeans and
t-shirts. We may even see shorts if the weather is warm enough. To answer your question, choose an outfit you already own, one you feel comfortable in, and join us.
What will we do? What can I expect?
During most of the year, we only have our Sunday School Classes and a Worship Service on Sunday mornings. Because Easter Sunday is such an important day of remembrance, we add a short, 30 minute, worship service at 7:00 am called a "Sunrise Service." We meet outside, in front of the sanctuary at the flag pole and sing some songs, read some scriptures, and Pastor Eades will share a devotional. After the Sunrise Service everyone is invited to enjoy breakfast together. We will have our Sunday School classes at 9:45 am.
Our 11 am worship will be somewhat typical. We will sing uplifting songs and Pastor Eades will share a message and we will sing some more. We will attempt to have a blend of songs and music all ages can enjoy. And, yes, in full transparency, and in case you’re wondering, we will receive an offering! But don't let that scare you. Our offerings support the full range of ministries we offer in the church, community, and around the world. This year we will also be participating together in "The Lord's Supper" or "Communion." You are not required, however, to participate during either of these time unless you choose to do so.
You are welcome to attend any or all of the different gatherings we offer on Easter.
Will you embarrass me?
We certainly hope not. It will be a primary goal not to do so. Our goal is to create an environment which is comfortable for all. You WILL NOT be singled out as a visitor. We don’t make visitors stand or raise their hands. We do offer space in our bulletin you can fill out if you would like to get more information about Oakdale; but you are under no obligation to do so. (You certainly won’t be asked to sing a solo, unless you sing really, really loud – and then you’re on your own. )
How long will the service last?
The 10 am worship service will last slightly more than an hour. I’d love to say an hour, but sometimes the service ends up being an hour and 5 or 10 minutes.
What time should I arrive?
What a great question! I’m really trying to help when I suggest you get here a few minutes early for the 10 am worship service. Maybe 5 to 10 minutes early, especially if you have children to check into our children’s areas or this is your first time. We especially want you to find a seat where you are most comfortable (some want up close – some want in the middle), and you’ll feel more acclimated to the room if you have a few minutes to adjust before the service begins.
Do you have something for children?
Absolutely. We provide a nursery for birth through age 5. Of course, we don’t keep you from bringing children with you in the worship service if this is more comfortable on a first visit. Either way, we love when entire families join us Easter Sunday.
Can I only come one time? Really, for what am I signing up when I come Easter Sunday?
There’s no obligation beyond Easter Sunday. It’s a “free look”. Promise. Being honest, we do ask you to fill out a contact card. And we hope you do. Our Pastor loves seeing who God brought to us as guests. We won’t put any unfair pressure on you to ever come again. Being totally transparent, we hope you will. We would love if Easter triggered a desire in you to be a part of our church family, but that’s totally your call – not ours.
We hope this answers some questions of those who think about visiting our church. We'd be honored to worship together with you this Easter.