What to Expect
Are you planning to be a first-time guest this Sunday? We would love for you to join us.
Sunday services are at 9:15 am and 11:15 am.
As a newcomer, you may have questions or hesitations. You may be seeking details about Christianity; you may or may not have gone to church in the past. Please know, no matter your background or reason for seeking a church, you are always welcome here.
We want to make sure there are no unexpected surprises for you when you come to the Grande Prairie Alliance Church so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. On any given Sunday, you will see a mix of suits, jeans, dresses and t-shirts. Join us, just as you are. There is no dress code.
Where should I sit?
In short, anywhere you like. Sit up front, at the back, on the right or left. There is no assigned seating. You will see coloured cloths draped over the backs of pews. These designate Sections. Feel free to sit anywhere you like. Sections is our way of encouraging people sitting near each other to get to know one another better.
Seating is available for those in wheelchairs. An Usher would be happy to assist you.
What kinds of things are there for my kids?
Our Children's Ministry is called GPAC Kids and is available during services for newborn to grade 6. For your children's safety, parents need to sign their kids in before service at the registration counters. Stop by and talk to our volunteers about where your little ones will be a perfect fit.
What about older kids?
We have an exciting program for your teens called GPAC Youth. September through May, Youth Church takes place Wednesdays in The Landing (our youth room) from 6:30-8:30 pm. We also offer a drop-in Wednesday/Fridays from 3-6 pm and occasional Friday night events from 7-10 pm. Join one of their Facebook groups for event information.
Am I going to be asked to give money?
We are honoured to have you as our guest. When we pass around an offering plate during mid-service, our church family gives joyfully and willingly as part of our weekly worship. As a guest, don’t feel obligated. It is okay to pass the offering plate along without giving.
Will I be singled out as a visitor?
No, we will not put you on the spot. Your comfort is important to us. We would love for you to reach out to us though. Fill out a "Let's Connect Card" (located in the pew back or at gpac.life) and drop it in the offering plate, or stop by the Information Center for a small gift instead.
What kind of music can I expect?
You can expect a full worship team that is typically made of vocalists, piano, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, and drums. From traditional hymns to current Christian hits, our worship team ensures musical delights for all.
Do I need a Bible?
Bible verses shared by the Pastor will be displayed on large screens for all to read. If you have a Bible, please feel free to bring it. If you don't have a Bible, visit the Information Center. We would love to provide one at no cost.
How will I know when to stand or when to sit?
Not knowing what actions are needed at certain times is unnerving. We would like to reassure you, all types of worship are welcome. If you are comfortable sitting, please sit. If you would like to stand, please stand. We also provide instruction during the service.
How long can I expect the service to go?
We try to keep our services between an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half.
Is there anyone that can pray with me?
Trained and compassionate people are available to pray with you after each service. We encourage those in need of prayer to come forward to either side of the room under the screens where it is a little darker and a prayer team member will pray with you. If a more private setting is preferred, our Prayer Room is available at all times.
What happens after the service ends?
Don't rush away after service ends. We have plenty more for you to check out! Here are some suggestions:
The front of the Auditorium is always open for prayer. Let us know if you would prefer to meet in the Prayer Room.
Stop by our Information Center and let us know you are a first-time guest. We would like to give you a welcome bag and small gift.
There is nothing like a good cup of coffee and a snack to encourage fellowship. Please join us in the Café for a free coffee or tea. Specialty coffees and snacks are also available for $1-$3.
Generally there are various tables set up around the Atrium. Feel free to check them out. The tables are usually promoting upcoming events that you can get involved in.
From classics to new releases, we have a growing library. There is no cost for borrowing books, just sign up at the Library desk.
We look forward to welcoming you this Sunday!