Welcome to Paonia Friends Church!
We are so glad you are thinking about visiting!
You may have questions about Paonia Friends Church (PFC) so we tried to answer as many as we could below. If you have a question not listed, please email us by clicking here and we will answer it and consider adding it to this list. Thank you!
When are the services?
Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – directions
What can I expect?
First of all, not to be embarrassed. We have no desire to put you on the spot. As you enter the door you will find friendly people to greet you and answer any questions you have. In the sanctuary will be music and as the service begins we will be singing a blend of contemporary worship songs and hymns. We have a greeting time for everyone to get acquainted and a time of announcements to communicate what is happening in our church and community. Our Pastor then shares a message of what God lays on his heart.
Between the services from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we have some goodies, coffee and time to visit. Our services generally last 75 minutes.
Are there services for my kids?
Yes. During both services, a caring nursery is available for your children from newborn until toilet training, and a dynamic children’s ministry is available for both the preschool and elementary aged groups. The nursery is available and staffed the entire service, and all other children (through 6th grade) are dismissed after some time of worship together in the sanctuary. You may, of course, have your children with you the entire service as well.
Can I meet the pastor on Sunday?
Of course! You can come and talk with the pastor before or after the service in the entrance way. Pastor Gaylen would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. We are passionate about helping people find their way and would love to sit down with you over coffee to hear your story.
What is the music like?
We believe worship is more than just singing; it is the seven day, twenty-four hour experience of offering ourselves to God as living sacrifices. Worship encompasses everything we do. So when we come together as a family on Sundays to worship together, we are each bringing our week’s experience with God to share together. Music opens the spirit up to God to praise him. The reason we typically choose contemporary music styles is because they connect with the style of songs most of us listen to every day on the radio with drums, guitar, bass and keyboard. Our song selection is influenced by movements like Hillsong, Gateway, New Life Worship and artists like Jesus Culture and Jared Anderson. We also like to spice up old hymns so that even youth enjoy them and keep singing them in their hearts.
Am I expected to give financially?
No! The giving of tithes and offerings is for people who have bought into the vision and ministry of our church. We rarely take an offering during our services. There is an offering box to the right of the entrance of the sanctuary where they can do that as they come. Offerings are confidential with only our Treasurer knowing what people give. Although we believe in and teach about a tithe (10%) to God we believe what people give or don’t give is between them and God.
I have hearing difficulties. is there any assistance?
Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, we offer the t-coil hearing system that is similar to an iPod. The result is crystal clear sound. Simply let one of the ushers know you would like assistance or go to the sound board in the back of the sanctuary to the right as you come in and they will get you all set up.
What do I wear?
Feel free to wear whatever you are comfortable in. You will find people dressed in their “Sunday best” and others dressed in blue jeans and t-shirts. We are not concerned with how you’re dressed, so come as you are.