What can I expect? Spirit of Joy is an eclectic faith community of residents, “snowbirds,” RVers, and visitors. You will find us warm and welcoming. Our attire is comfortable (from shirts and ties to shorts and tennis shoes).
We have a parking lot with ample handicapped spaces near the main campus entrance. For special events, additional parking is available in certain streets. Parking attendants will assist you.
There will be a smiling face to greet you by the door. Sometimes you'll see someone holding a "Free Hugs" sign. There is a guestbook if you’d like to sign.
Getting what you’ll need for worship
An usher will hand you an announcement sheet. Hymnals are on shelves under the seats but they are not necessary as everything is projected onto the large screen at the front of the Worship Center. Offering envelopes and other information about Spirit of Joy can be found in the welcome folders located in the chair back pockets in every row.
Entering the worship space
This space is usually buzzing with conversation and activity prior to worship. There are no reserved seats; you are free to sit anywhere. For those who with allergies and olfactory sensitivities, there is a "perfume free" section near the piano. There is also a room for discontent or overly-active children in the back.
Traditional Worship -- Every Sunday at 8:30am
Our traditional worship includes several hymns, multiple Bible readings, a sermon, and a formal spoken and chanted liturgy. During worship, there is a time of “sharing the peace” or greeting those near you. Hand-shaking, hugging, and friendly waves are all acceptable forms of greeting. Hand sanitizer and facial tissue are available in the Worship Center, for your convenience. Holy Communion is part of every worship service. Everyone is welcome to participate in Communion. The ushers will let you know when to come forward. Gluten-free wafers and grape juice are also available on request' Following the worship service, you may greet the pastor as you leave the building. Coffee and treats are served after worship in the fellowship building or the courtyard.
Praise Worship -- Every Sunday at 10:45am
Our praise worship uses contemporary praise songs sung karaoke style. The entire worship service (including the song lyrics) are projected onto the big screens at the front of the worship space. There is usually one Bible reading, a children's time, and a message by our pastor. Most people stand during the songs, but you should feel free to remain seated. All are welcome to come forward for Communion. You will be given a wafer and invited to dip it into the cup of grape juice. (Gluten-free wafers are available.) Following the worship service, you are welcome to join us for fellowship, coffee and treats.
When there is a 5th Sunday of the month, there is a service of healing in each of the worship services. This is an opportunity to receive an anointing of oil and prayers for healing (for you or for someone else).
On Saturdays at 4:30, a small group of worshipers gathers for a simplified worship service featuring contemporary hymns and songs accompanied by piano, a sermonic conversation (questions and comments are welcome during the sermon), prayers, Bible readings, and Communion. This worship service is perfume-free and very informal. As with our other worship services, all are welcome to come forward for Communion.