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What can I expect when I first arrive?
Our facility is a 26,000 square foot building formerly housing the Ann Arbor Civic Theater (and before that a roller-skating rink). Upon arriving, the first thing you’ll notice is that we have fresh gourmet coffee waiting for you in the lobby. You may also enjoy the life-sized print of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son (8’7″ tall) in the lobby, as well as other artwork on display. Ushers are on hand to point the way to the sanctuary, restrooms, or anywhere else you’re headed. Be sure to pick up a welcome booklet from the welcome table. You’ll find the atmosphere festive and welcoming.
What are services like?
Our band leads inclusive worship in a pop-rock-gospel style, including songs by artist like Ryan Delmore, Jeremy Riddle, and Matt Redman, as well as classic songs. Opening worship is followed by a few brief announcements highlighting upcoming events. Then one of our pastors shares a message from the Bible that’s not only easy to understand but practical as well. The messages are accompanied by visual images projected on a large screen up front, including the text under consideration and images or video clips which help illustrate the ideas. The 70-80 minute service concludes with worship and communion.
If you live in the greater Ann Arbor area, and don’t already attend Vineyard, we’d love to send you an informational brochure and a free worship CD. Email the main office.
What’s the clothing culture?
You’re welcome to “come as you are.” That means you dont have to dress up. Because the Vineyard is very casual, you’ll feel comfortable in your jeans and t-shirt. Some just can’t help dressing up, and they fit right in as well. The point is that we feel church should be about things other than how you dress and look.
What happens with the kids?
We have a wide range of age specific programs for children designed with the understanding that children need a spiritual framework for their lives too. Young people learn to experience God at their level, become equipped to pray, and learn to trust in God for themselves. All of our staff and volunteers working with minors go through a screening process, and are supervised to insure a safe and quality environment for them.
Our approach to coming generations is shaped by the perspective of Robert Coles, professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, who maintains that children have profound spiritual concerns and benefit from a spiritual framework. (see The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles.) The church is a place for parents and children to build that framework drawing on the resources of Christian faith. Marissa Ortiz and Sam Tidball provide pastoral supervision of children and youth ministries and serve alongside a tremendous team of pastoral interns and volunteers.
Here’s what’s available:
Nursing Moms Room: For moms who prefer to care for their infants themselves, we have a quiet and comfortable nursery located just off the auditorium that is perfect for you and your nursing baby. It’s outfitted with comfortable recliners, dim lights, and you can watch and listen to the Celebration through a one-way window.
Vineyard Kids (Birth-5th grade): Check in children at the Check In table in the north corridor, just down the hall from our cafe. Age-appropriate classrooms are open ten minutes before each service. Every Sunday kids explore a Bible story, try new ways to pray, and enjoy a snack together. A sticker-based registration process ensures that parents and guardians are matched with their children for pick up.
Nursery: A clean, comfortable nursery for birth through 23 months is staffed with caring volunteers.
Vineyard Toddler and Pre/K classes: Age appropriate classes for the young ones provide a safe and caring environment and simple Bible-based stories and activities.
Vineyard Elementary: Teaching methods and worship styles are specifically designed for this age group! With the help of our committed volunteers, we provide a safe environment where children can enjoy great learning and loving relationships from 1st through 5th grade.
Vineyard Tweens: During the 11:15 service, 3-5th grade students worship in the main celebration before being dismissed to their class.
Youth Group: 6th – 12th Graders meet each Sunday at the 10:30am celebration, from after opening worship through the end of the service. It’s a chance to relax and get to know God. We have fun together, we read the Bible together, and we pray together. Please join us — there’s no pressure… you’ll meet good friends, discover how awesome loving Jesus is, and score some sweet high fives! Seriously, we practice our high fives.
Mission Trips, Retreats & Special Events are available for middle and high schoolers throughout the year. As children mature we also make room for them to serve alongside adults in several ministry areas from multi-media to worship team.