What to Expect

Everyone feels a little apprehensive before coming to a new church. So many questions and anxieties swirl around in your head. We completely understand and we hope to help answer those questions in this section. If there are any other questions that you would like to ask, please feel free to CONTACT US.

Where Are You Located?

We are located at:
308 Millville Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45013
(513) 844-1229

 

Where Do I Park and Go Into the Church?

Parking

There are a few places you can park:

  • In front of the church (brick building), alongside Millville Avenue (best option for those needing to be close to an entrance)
  • In front of the gymnasium (tall tan building) alongside Millville Avenue
  • Behind the gymnasium

Entrances

There are three main entrances:

  • Front entrance: the door closest to the front parking lot (not the one with stairs)
  • Back ramp entrance: located in the back of the church (brick building)
    • Usually used to go to Sunday School and to drop children off for children’s church
  • Back entrance: follow the sidewalk past the ramp entrance
    • Usually used by those who are parking in the back and going to Sunday morning or evening services

What Times Are the Services/Classes/Ministries?

Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 AM

Sunday morning service begins at 11:00 AM

Sunday evening service begins at 6:00 PM

Midweek Refuel – Wednesdays at 6:15 PM (5:30 PM if you want to help)

What Happens on Sunday Mornings?

Our Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 AM. They are located in the top part of the building (the entrance is up the ramp on the outside of the back of the building.) Sunday morning worship begins at 11:00 AM.

  • We also offer nursery services (birth to pre-K)
    • Meets in the room across from the restrooms on the main floor
  • Children’s church (K-6th grade) meets in the gymnasium (the big brown building) during the morning service (11:00 AM.)

What Is Sunday School Like?

Sunday School for adults usually begins with coffee, donuts, and small talk. Then about 10:00 AM everyone gets settled into their Sunday School room. The class entails a lesson, some readings from scripture, and a time to reflect and talk about what was read. It usually lasts the full hour.

What Is the Sunday Morning Service Like?

Structure of the Service

Our services are easy to follow. It is split up into multiple sections. At the beginning, we have a time for everyone to meet and greet each other. Then we have a time of singing. After we sing a few songs, the pastor will usually make some announcements and take the offering. Then we sing a few more songs which lead us directly into a time of prayer. After the prayer, we sometimes have a person or group that sings or performs. After the special music sometimes others share their struggles and praises with the congregations. Then the pastor preaches the sermon.

A Little More About the Service

Our worship band offers a blend of traditional hymns and modern praise songs. We have overhead screens and projectors so that you can easily follow along with both the music and the scriptures used in the sermon. A good description of our service is “homey” or “real” – a place where everyone is welcome.

How Long Do the Services/Classes/Ministries Last?

  • Sunday School lasts about 45 minutes
  • Sunday morning service lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes
  • Sunday evening service lasts about an hour
  • The Midweek Refuel usually lasts about an hour

What Should I Wear?

Wear what makes you feel most comfortable. We don’t care what you look like, your presence is most important.

What If I Want to Be Left Alone When I Come?

We understand that it can be a big step coming to church – especially if you have never been to one. We are a small church. So someone will likely say hi and maybe ask a couple questions, but we will never single you out or ask you to raise your hand.

That said, we do have a time of meeting and greeting each other at the beginning of the service. Anyone not really wanting to do a lot of socializing might want to skip that part and come in around 11:10. By doing this you not only miss the nerve-racking part of meeting a bunch of new people at once, but you come into the sanctuary (the main place where we meet) while everyone else is singing songs and not focused on who is coming into the room.

What Should I Do Before I Visit?

Absolutely nothing, unless you have any special requests for us – and it is completely okay if you do. If there are requests, then contact us and we will do everything we can to meet your needs.

What About Child Care?

We believe that our youngest—from infant to preschool—need to be loved and taught just as the children, youth, and adults are each Sunday. In a safe and secure environment, our dedicated volunteers share the love of Jesus with the youngest members of our community. Childcare is available for both Sunday morning and evening services.

The nursery is located in front of the ground floor restrooms. We also have Sunday School and children’s church.

What If I Have Special Needs?

Our building has the necessary means for anyone who is disabled to have access to where we meet. If you have any doubts that we might not be able to meet your needs, please contact us and we will make sure your needs are met: (513) 844-1229.

Will I Fit In?

We have people of all ages and backgrounds that are approachable, loving, and accepting.

What Do I Do When the Offering is Taken?

Our main concern is that you are comfortable in our service so that you can hear the Spirit of God. Do not feel like you have to give unless you want to give. There is no expectation for you to meet or gain our or God’s approval.

What If My Child Cries During the Service?

Most people who need to console their babies take their child to the chairs just outside of the sanctuary. The nursery across from the bathrooms are equipped with changing tables.

What If I Need to Breastfeed / Pump During the Service?

Unfortunately we are limited to the amount of rooms available, but if you foresee even the slightest possibility that you may need a place to feed or pump, do not hesitate to contact us before your visit. We will have everything setup for you so that you are comfortable and your needs are met.

What If My Child Disrupts His or Her Class?

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes a child may get a little disruptive. If it would ever get out of hand, we would come and get a parent from the service. Again, it very rarely happens. Our teachers try to include all kids with all types of personalities.

When Do I Stand / Sit / Kneel?

We are not a traditional church – in the sense of a Catholic or Episcopalian Mass. So there are no surprises. The only time you sit and stand is when someone up front requests for you to do so.

Who Is Allowed to Take Communion?

The Church of the Nazarene practices an open table. Meaning that anyone who is a Christian can participate – or, in other words, we do not deny anyone from participating.

What Kind of Music Do You Play?

Our worship band plays music that is a mix between ancient and traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship.

What Happens After Church is Over?

A lot of people stick around for a few minutes to chat, sometimes there is a dinner right after the morning service. Many times those dinners are fundraisers and ask for a small donation, but don’t mind that. You don’t have to pay for or donate anything.

How Big Is the Church?

Our Sunday morning service attendance averages about 85 people, including children.

What Does the Church Believe?

A statement of our beliefs can be found HERE. If you have any other questions about what our church believes, please feel free to contact us.

What if I don’t believe the same as the church?

In any church there is bound to be people who disagree with each other. We are no exception. That said, the point is not that we disagree on or debate theological issues, it is that we treat each other with love in those conversations. Our ultimate goal is not to fit our theological beliefs as a congregation in a nice neat little box, but to live out the teachings of Jesus so the world experiences the love of God.

What Are the Main Values / Callings of the Church?

The mission of the church is: “Leading people to the light of Jesus and His hope.”

How Can I Get More Involved in the Church?

There is always a need for help. If you want to help or even have an idea of a new ministry you might want to suggest, please contact us so that we can help you get plugged in.

How is the Church Involved in the Community?

The church sometimes provides for families in need of clothing and food throughout the community. We also provide a free community meal on Wednesday nights (often reaching 100+ people) where we often pass out free food and clothes for people to take home.

How Do I Become a Member of the Church?

Becoming a member of the church is a big step. To learn more, please contact us so that we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.

What is Our Policy on Women in Leadership?

From its founding, the Nazarene church has been an evangelical trailblazer in encouraging and allowing women to assume any leadership role as men.

Who Is the Pastor?

Millville Avenue Nazarene Church Todd Dixon

Todd Dixon

How Do I Contact the Pastor?

You can contact the pastor by filling out this form. 

How do I Schedule Pastoral Care / Visits?

If you have any pastoral care / visit requests or inquiries, please contact us.

Why Do People Say Amen Aloud?

When people say “Amen” out loud during a service it is simply a way of telling the speaker or presenter that they agree. In fact, that is what Amen means: let it remain true or so be it.

Why Do People Raise Their Hands When They Sing?

This is a wide held tradition in the evangelical community, but we sometimes raise our hands while we sing to show surrender and submission to God.

Can I Listen to Old Sermons?

We are still working on recording the services and getting them up on the website. Until then, you can access old sermons and services HERE.

Are There Special Programs for Adults?

The programs available for adults:

Sunday School
Wednesday night: Midweek Refuel
Women’s Ministry
Clothing Closet
Men’s Ministry

Are There Special Programs for Teens?

Teen programs:

Are There Special Programs for Children?

Can I Be Issued a Tax Receipt for Everything I Give to the Church?

Definitely. Just make sure what you donate can be identified as yours (i.e. an envelope or check with your name on it.) At the end of the year, you will get a form stating how much you donated in that tax year.

Can I Request Prayer?

Yes! Please let us know your requests HERE.

What If I Want to Ask a Question Not on this List?

Feel free to contact us anytime (513) 844-1229

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