What to Expect
We gather Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Park Forest Middle School. 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 walk in, people will be friendly and greet you but not invade your space. Free coffee, tea, and donuts are available. We meet in a school auditorium, so out of respect for the custodial staff, we ask everyone to enjoy food and drinks in the lobby before service.
KIDS & YOUTH
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.
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.