Getting to know each other
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve wracking. We want to help make your first experience at High Desert Bible Church a great one!
High Desert Bible Church meets every week on Sunday mornings and evenings.
- Celebration Worship Service - Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. (Arrive as early as 9:30 for breakfast on us.)
- Small group fellowship and Bible study - Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. (Be sure to stay for the potluck afterwards.)
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
The High Desert Bible Church meets at the Rothery Educational Service Center, 3305 East Fry Boulevard. We're in Sierra Vista, Arizona. You 'll find a map to the Rothery Center below.
What can I expect?
What do i do when i arrive?
We know it can feel awkward when you first arrive at a place where everyone else but you seems to know what to do. We get that, and we've all been in those shoes. We don't want it to feel awkward, but it may. So just be patient, relax and press on through. We promise it will be worth it.
You'll probably encounter a few greeters in the parking lot and at the doors. They'll try not to overwhelm you, but they'll undoubtedly be friendly. They're just glad you're here.
Our greeters will simply point you in the right direction - where you can register your children for their class, where you can get coffee and a light breakfast, where you can find a restroom, etc.
If you arrive between 9:30 and 10:00, you'll be able to help yourself to coffee, bottled water and some sort of breakfast item - donuts, muffins, even biscuits and gravy or breakfast burritos. Yum! Just help yourself or ask someone if you need something you don't see immediately, like creamer or napkins.
Then take any seat at any table to enjoy your snacks. Or head on over to the rows of seats for worship. There are no saved or "usual" seats, so feel free to sit anywhere.
Mix and mingle with others or prepare your heart for worship. It's really up to you, and you'll see people doing both.
The service will begin at 10:00.
How long is a High Desert Bible Church service?
In total, a High Desert Bible Church service is about 70 minutes in length. Services begin with the praise team & band leading the church in worship through music. Song lyrics are provided on the display screen so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of the service is complete, our pastor will share a biblical, encouraging and practical message from God's Word.
You're welcome and even encouraged to come a little early, however. We always have coffee, water and something good to eat starting at 9:30.
What's the culture like at High desert bible church?
Sunday's at High Desert Bible Church are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel welcomed as our guest. You'll see us acting like a family because that's what we are. And we'd love for you to join the family. The door is always open.
We are made up of people of all ages and backgrounds. We love and value both diversity and unity.
What about my kids?
We believe that kids should have a blast at church every single week - and at High Desert Bible Church we make this a priority. The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. We have adult supervision for all ages both in the children's rooms as well as the main auditorium.
You'll be asked to register each child at a kiosk when you enter the building. The teachers will want to be able to get in touch with you via your cell phone should the need arise during the service. And of course they'll want to know you and your child's names so they can address you accordingly.
While we do have people who will care for and teach your children (through the 5th grade) in separate rooms, your children are also welcome to participate in the worship service with you. We believe that ultimately the discipleship of your children is your responsibility. So we just want to help you accomplish that task in the way that works best for you and your family.
Do you have a youth group?
Yes! We do have preteens, teens and college-age young adults in our church family. They gather with the adults on Sunday morning for fellowship and worship. You'll also notice our youth serving on Sunday mornings. They help serve communion, work in the children's area, sing on the praise team, bring baked goods for breakfast and help with our social media and tech teams. We believe the youth are not "tomorrow's church," but are a vital part of the body of Christ today.
On Sunday evenings our youth meet together for Bible study and gracious accountability with designated youth leaders. They discuss the same Bible passages and material the adults are discussing, but among their peers.
We also provide special outings and gatherings just for youth and their volunteer leaders, often including the parents in these events.
Should I bring anything with me?
You're welcome to bring your coffee if you like it just so. But we'll also have some for you. We'll have water bottles, too. If you'd like to bring your Bible, pen or notebook, that certainly wouldn't be out of place. But you can also feel free to use your phone or hand held device as your Bible and note taker. We also have Bibles available for you to use, if you'd like one. Oh, and it's yours for the keeping.
what happens after the service?
Right now we're still in the beginning stages of our church, so we may have a family meeting after the worship service ends. This is simply where those of us who are serving - and that's everyone! - pause to talk about the logistics. We'll discuss how things went that morning and how we may need to change a few things in the future.
You're welcome to hang around and see how we're working together as a church family, but it's perfectly fine for you to head out to lunch, too.
Or we may not have a family meeting that day. We may jump right into moving chairs and cleaning up. Hey, if you want to roll up your sleeves and help, the more the merrier. But, of course, you don't need to. We just wanted you to know what all the hubbub was about.