An intentional time for connection in a culture that is often isolating
Our Sunday morning gatherings are the primary way that we are able share life with Jesus alongside the whole family. While our Sunday morning gathering is not meant to be the highlight of the church experience, we do believe it is vitally important for us to regularly gather together for meaningful connection & fellowship, formative worship, learning the way of Jesus, praying for one another, & seeking the Kingdom through opening ourselves to his presence among us.
Join us on Sunday mornings
Prayer Ministry - 9:20 AM
Worship Gathering - 10 AM
Cafe Shine | 248 Liberty St. NE | Salem, OR 97301
LOCATION & PARKING
We meet in downtown Salem in a coffee shop called CAFE SHINE. Dress is casual. Come how you are; we have no dress code. Because we are downtown, parking is on the street. On Sundays, parking is untimed & free. There is also a free parking garage only two blocks away if you cannot find street parking.
PRE-WORSHIP PRAYER MINISTRY
Before we begin our communal worship, we have an intentional time set-aside to receive prayer or to join in praying for others. As a Spirit-empowered family, we believe that through his church, Jesus wants to continue his ministry of healing & restoration on the earth. So whether you could use prayer for healing emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, in relationships, etc… Whatever it is, we’d love to pray for you & ask for more of God’s Kingdom presence in your life. Our prayer ministry takes place in the prayer room at the back of the CAFE. A friendly face will be glad to show you the way to the prayer room when you come through the front door.
ARRIVING FOR WORSHIP
When you walk into the building you'll be greeted by a few of our lovely family members who will be eager to introduce themselves & make you feel welcome. We have free coffee, tea, & water. Help yourself to as much as you'd like. On the first Sunday of the month we have light breakfast snacks for you to enjoy.
There is some traditional seating as well as more casual seating (couches, tables). Sit wherever you feel comfortable! We try to start things around 10am, but that's more often than not a loose guideline. We really value connection & conversation, so we try to give people as much time & space to do that as we can. If you have small children (0-4 years) you can drop them off downstairs in our nursery right at 10am.
WORSHIP GATHERING FLOW
We'll start our gathering with a time of communal worship to God through music & art. Our worship time is meant to be formative & free. Engage with us during that time as you feel comfortable & as you feel led by the Holy Spirit. Some people close their eyes & lift their hands, some may draw or doodle or dance, while others are more reserved & use the worship time to just listen & reflect. There's freedom in worshipping the King. We always end our time of worship by reciting a communal litany (a simple prayer that we all pray together).
After our worship time, we take a short break so people can stretch their legs, refill their coffee (Oregonians REALLY love their coffee), & we release our school age children (K-5th) for an intentional time of spiritual formation that's meaningful, relevant, & really fun for them. After our break, we all come back together for a few announcements & then we will have a short teaching (usually 20-30 minutes) about the Kingdom of God & walking in the way of Jesus. The teachings may vary in topic, but we always aim for teachings that are:
Drawn from the inspiration of the holy scriptures
Relevant to our modern life & culture
Intellectually engaging & also applicable in daily practice
REFLECTION & RESPONSE
To end our morning together, we usually have a time for reflection & response. This sometimes looks like an open & organic time of prayer, sometimes it looks like discussion in small groups, sometimes it looks like continuing in worship. We try to keep our reflection & response times open to the guidance of the Spirit.
On the first Sunday of the month, we reflect & respond by engaging in the sacrament of holy communion together. The sharing of bread & wine during communion is open to everyone. As this reflection & response time comes to a natural close, people will begin to grab their children from downstairs & either hang around a little longer in the CAFE or head out to one of the many fantastic lunch spots around the city.
We hope by reading this that you feel more prepared & relaxed about joining us for worship. We hope to see you on Sunday!