Join us for worship this Sunday at 10am at the Slate Event Center located in the II Creeks Shopping Center at 2701 Custer Pkwy, #905, Richardson, TX 75080. Parking is available directly in front of the Slate entrance.
What to Expect
We know that not all churches are the same and visiting a new church can be intimidating. Here are some answers to common questions to help you feel comfortable when you visit Restoration for the first time.
What is a worship service like?
Restoration is a lively community of all ages that gathers to bring glory to Jesus. The backbone of our worship service is the liturgy of the Anglican church, which we strive to make accessible to the even the newest worshipper. In our service, we sing songs of worship, we pray, we read from the Bible, we hear the Gospel proclaimed in a sermon, and we receive Communion. We are joyful and reverent in our worship and encourage everyone to respond to the call to come and worship Jesus.
How long does the service last?
Come as early as you like to grab some coffee and mingle before the service. We begin the service at 10:00 a.m. and end a little before 11:30 a.m. (We also have a sign announcing where folks can meet up for lunch!)
What do people wear?
Most worshippers dress casually and we encourage you to come in whatever you feel most comfortable wearing in a worship setting.
What is available for children?
Children of any age are welcome in any part of the worship service. We offer a nursery for children ages 0-3, accessible any time. Preschool and elementary aged children are included in the service and dismissed for an age-appropriate lesson during the sermon, rejoining the service during the announcements. Read more about Restoration’s heart for children.
Who will lead the service?
Our pastor, Jed, oversees each worship service. Worship is led by our band and music director, and lay people lead prayers and read from the Bible. Jed often preaches the sermon, but other members of the teaching team take turns as well. One of the priests will celebrate the eucharist at the communion table. Read more about our people.
While our ministers and worship team lead us, we believe that worship isn’t a consumer experience—everyone has a part in our common worship.
What kind of music will be sung?
We choose hymns, contemporary choruses, and liturgical songs that are a right and true response to God’s work on our behalf. You can expect a lot of variety and hear the overflow of our hearts in song as we worship together.
Am I expected to give money?
Giving is part of the worshipping life of members of our church. No one should feel pressure to put an offering in the basket when it is passed during the service. Guests are not expected to make a financial contribution to Restoration.
For those who give regularly online, we have small tokens that can be placed in the offering basket as a way of tangibly connecting with this moment in the service.
Will I be asked to do anything unexpected?
We are a liturgical church and liturgy means the “work of the people”, so you can expect an ongoing invitation to read responsively and sit and stand throughout the worship service. Prayers and readings are projected onto a screen so that everyone can participate together.
We also observe the practice of passing the peace between worshippers. At a significant moment in the service we greet others with a handshake and say, “The peace of the Lord be with you!” or simply “Peace!” It may seem unusual but it represents the peace of God’s forgiveness that we receive from him and share with others. Please participate as you feel comfortable.
Am I expected to receive communion?
We do celebrate communion weekly but no one is required to come forward and participate. We invite anyone who is baptized and professes faith in Jesus from any Christian denomination to come forward and receive the bread and the wine that is offered. Gluten free wafers are available for those with special dietary needs.
If you cannot or prefer not to receive the communion elements, we invite you to come forward and receive a prayer of blessing. You are also welcome to remain in your seat.