What to Expect
We gather Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in State College Assembly of God (2201 University Drive, State College, PA). At Cedar Heights, we know that going to a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience full of questions like, “What’s going to happen?” “Will I be dressed right?” “What will the music be like?” “Will there be people there like me?” We don’t want you to be unsure about what it’s like to visit Cedar Heights Church, so here is what you will want to know.
BEFORE THE SERVICE
There is no need to dress up, so feel free to come in casual clothes. When you arrive, people will be friendly and greet you but not invade your space. Free coffee, tea, and donuts are usually available, however for the time being, we are not serving any food or drinks due to COVID-19.
KIDS & YOUTH
NOTICE: The following does not apply right now due to COVID-19. Instead, all children are invited to join us in the service. The following does, however, explain what things will be like when we return to regular Sunday services.
We also have an excellent Kids’ Program with trusted and trained workers where your children can learn about Jesus in an age-appropriate way and in a safe and fun environment. We are open to receiving your kids 15 minutes prior to each service, and there will be a host outside of the Kids’ Space to help direct you where to go.
Our Kids’ Program during each service is for infants through 5th grade, while middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend the service. Visit the Kids & Youth page for more information.
DURING THE SERVICE
Worship & Offering
We start our services with worship by singing songs to God. The worship music is current, ranging from modern hymns to contemporary worship songs. Some people respond naturally to God’s presence by raising hands, kneeling, or clapping but we just want you to worship in a manner that’s real. At Cedar Heights, this means low-key, non-hyped, heartfelt responses to the Living God. We also offer the opportunity during our Sunday services for those who would like to give financially to God’s Church, but if you are visiting, there is absolutely no obligation to give.
After announcements, a pastor will teach from the English Standard Version of the Bible (if you don’t own a Bible, we would love to give you one when you visit). Because we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we teach it as it is, rather than teaching our own opinion. We aim to teach the Bible in a way that is clear and understandable to all, regardless of church experience, and that challenges us to put it into practice.
NOTICE: This portion of our service has been changed as well to keep everyone safe and adhere to social distancing. Instead, at the end of our service, a pastor will pray over the entire church and we will end with one or two more worship songs. Again, the following paragraph explains what things will be like when we return to regular services.
As the last worship song plays at the conclusion of each service, those who would like to receive prayer will be invited forward, and someone from our prayer team will pray for them. We find it important to have an environment without the pressure to go forward to receive prayer, but with the opportunity for anyone who would like God’s help with specific things have an opportunity to ask Him.
AFTER THE SERVICE
Each service lasts for about an hour and 15 minutes. Once it ends, please feel free to hang out and meet people afterwards. We would definitely like to meet you! For parents, please pick up your kids within 15 minutes of the service ending.