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Welcome To Our Visitors!

Sometimes it feels overwhelming to visit a new church. We want you to feel comfortable and at home when you worship with us, especially for the first time!

The following information is to help familiarize you with our location and our building. Please don’t hesitate to email or phone us if you need more information. No question is too small, and no question is silly, ok?

How do I get to the church?

Click here for directions and a map to our church

Mogadore Christian Church is in the heart of the village of Mogadore, on the corner of South Cleveland Avenue and Curtis Street.

The church is especially easy to find, because of the unique location between the Mogadore High School and the local Dairy Queen!

When you arrive, you’ll notice that we share the parking lot with the Mogadore High School. We love our School Board in Mogadore, and we have a very friendly relationship with the superintendent, principal and the teachers. You can drive into the parking lot from either Curtis Street or South Cleveland Avenue.

Where do I go when I enter the building?

Depending on where you park, you can use either of two main doors.

  1. The back entrance (the school side) is used by most who attend. To find the Sanctuary, come up the stairs. The first door is our church library, and the second is the way to the main worship area.
  2. The front entrance faces South Cleveland Avenue. Come in through the double doors and walk directly up the few stairs right into the worship area.
  3. At the present time, we do not have an elevator. We do, however, have an electric chair lift that is actively used by members who are not as mobile as they once were. Please call ahead, and we will make sure that someone meets you at your car, to show the best location to park. You will use a third entrance, which is a small white door (facing South Cleveland Avenue) on the South end of the front side of the church.

While regular attendees tend to sit in familiar spots each week, we have no reserved seating and you are welcome to sit anywhere you feel comfortable. There is also a quaint balcony if you enjoy the bird’s eye view! (The stairs are near the front entrance).

What should I wear?

We are a family oriented community, so be comfortable! Many folks dress casual, and you’ll likely see many of us in jeans and T-shirts. Some are more comfortable in dressing up a bit, and our Pastor often wears a coat and tie. This isn’t the expected style though, and we’re never judgmental about what people wear – we’re just happy you’re going to worship at Mogadore Christian Church!

What about children?

Children are always welcome in our services. If you want, we have excellent childcare and nursery for infants through nursery school during the 10:30 am worship service. Because we’re a small congregation, your children will never feel lost in the crowd, and will receive special attention at all times.

As mentioned, all ages of children can stay with you for the full church service. Those between kindergarten and up to the grade four, might have more fun attending “Junior Church”. This special time is held downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Under the supervision of adults, the kids enjoy music, biblical based stories, and crafts.

What are the worship services like?

  1. We have a traditional church service at 8:00 am every Sunday. This service tends to maintain a small, but very loyal attendance. It’s a mainstay for participants who want to worship early on a Sunday morning. In the Summer, the 8:00 am service is held outdoors – under the pavilion at Lion’s Park in Mogadore (194 Hale Avenue).
    The 8:00 am service tends to last approximately 45 minutes, and communion is shared weekly. Due to the early hour, all hymns are sung a cappella (without musical accompaniment). The selected hymns will be very familiar to those who enjoy the long standing traditional songs of the Christian faith.
  2. Our main worship service begins at 10:30 am. (Sunday School classes are finished around 10:20 am).

Everyone is invited to gather for coffee, and there is tea, juice and water available, too. This popular social time begins every Sunday morning just after 10:00 am. We are a small, friendly church family and our doors are always open to you. Coffee time is a fun way to be introduced to new people, and it’s a great way to unwind before beginning the church service.

If so desired, we encourage people to take a cup of coffee to their pew when the music starts. We are a warm, friendly and down to earth congregation. We want everyone to be relaxed and comfortable as we open our hearts and minds to God’s Word.

To open the service, our small Praise Team leads us in singing 3-4 songs. Most of the congregation stands during this early part of worship, but several choose to remain seated and that works too.

The 10:30 am worship service usually ends by 11:40 am. It seems to flow well, and feedback from visitors and “regulars” has helped us to keep the service fresh and meaningful from week to week.

What about the Music?

In 2012, the congregation at Mogadore Christian Church is celebrating 180 years! We are “still standing, but not standing still”. We are proud of the traditions in our worship services, but are open to change as well.

In recent years, we have introduced many contemporary songs. We are experimenting, and enjoy blending old hymns of the church with newer contemporary Christian compositions. As with any change, we’ve had some growing pains while we worked to find a balance. We’re grateful for the flexibility of our patient, wonderful and faithful congregation! Together, we’ve learned that it’s important to keep up with the times, especially with our younger families and youth!

We have a pipe organ, but currently music is led by our talented pianist, Sarah Reynolds. Sherman Reynolds (yes, they’re married!), is our Music Director, and he coordinates our small praise team, the adult choir and the Hand Bell Choir.

Hymn Books (and Bibles) are in all of the pew racks. We also have a large screen at the front and power point is creatively used to enhance the services each Sunday. Lyrics are displayed on the screen for each song, and we often enjoy short videos and other media presentations that make each service full of joy, purpose, meaning and authentic worship.

What about Communion?

One of the most meaningful traditions in our history, is that we share Communion every week. You don’t need to be a member of the church to participate: the Communion Table is open to anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Each communion tray holds both bread (little square of unleavened bread) and small cups (we use grape juice). Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the experience of communion, which for us is symbolic of Jesus’ sacrifice and forgiveness of our sins.

We eat a morsel of bread and drink from a cup as the tray is passed, and we replace the cup before handing the tray to the next person.

~Your Friends At Mogadore Christian Church

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