We hope you will visit Sandy Springs Christian Church and give us the opportunity to welcome you personally! Anyone, regardless of religious affiliation or background, is welcome to participate in worship, communion, or any other scheduled event. Our Mission is: "To Connect with God and one another, To Inspire faithfulness, and To Serve in joy - as members of the one body of Christ".
Listed below are a few questions and answers you may have as a first-time visitor with us.
What should I do when I arrive?
We have two worship services; 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Greeters are outside the sanctuary doors prior to each service to give you a name tag, bulletin, and answer any questions you may have about the service or our church.
We also have a “Welcome Desk” located just outside the sanctuary near the church office. Coffee, tea and snacks are available at the desk along with a church member who can answer questions or provide additional information regarding SSCC.
Our only goal is that you feel comfortable and welcome while you are in our midst!
How long are the services?
Typically, the first service (9:00 a.m.) lasts about one hour. The second service (11:15 a.m.) lasts slightly longer. About three times a year, we have a combined service at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate certain celebrations. Changes to the service times are always announced on the home page of the website.
What are your worship services like?
The 9:00 a.m. service is the less formal of the two services. The sermon is delivered closer to the worshipers in a more conversational manner. Music is led by a small choir accompanied by piano music. Communion is taken by “intinction” meaning that each person takes bread and dips it into the cup. Deacons direct each pew to the front of the church at the appropriate time. You may remain seated if you do not wish to participate. ALL are welcome at the table.
The 11:15 a.m. service is considered more traditional. The pastoral staff wear robes, speak from the pulpit, music is led by a larger choir and is accompanied by organ music. Communion is “served” to congregants as they remain seated. ALL are welcome to partake.
The same sermon is delivered to both services. The sermon is recorded and is posted on the website.
What should I wear?
You can expect to see folks dressed in everything from shorts and blue jeans to what a few call “proper church attire” at both services. However, the 9:00 service tends to be more informal than the 11:15 service.
Where should I park? You may park anywhere in the parking lot. There are entrances to the church building accessible from the north, east, and south sides.
You may enter and exit the parking lot from either
Entrance from Johnson Ferry side
All entrances into the church building are handicap accessible. An elevator is located inside the church building just to the north of the covered courtyard entrance on the east side.
The Georgia Department of Transportation road widening project will impact both Johnson Ferry and Abernathy Roads through early 2012. Their work may affect traffic near the church at times during the week, but it should not be an issue on Sunday mornings.
Entrance from Abernathy Road
Where is the sanctuary?
The sanctuary is located on the upper level of the church building. (You will need to use the stairs or elevator if you park on the east or south side.)
What will my children do during the service?
There is a Nursery available during both services for children two years or younger. It is located downstairs at the far end of the hall in Room 108. Professional caregivers will make sure that your child’s stay is a pleasant experience.
A “Junior Sermon” experience is available for children ages three through 5th grade during the 9:00 a.m. service. Participants meet at the “Children’s Welcome Table” just outside the sanctuary right after the “Greetings” early in the service. They will be escorted to Room 205 for a lesson and then return to the sanctuary for participation in communion.
Children between ages three and seven are welcome to attend Children’s Worship and Wonder during the 11:15 a.m. service. Participants leave during the singing of the Doxology and are greeted at the “Children’s Welcome Table” located just outside the sanctuary. They will be escorted to the Children’s Worship Room in Room 205 where they will remain until you meet them after the service.
Children of all ages are welcome to stay and participate with you in worship.
What are the Sunday school options for children, youth and adults?
If you would like to learn more about Sandy Springs CC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), there is a 6-week class offered called, “Beginnings.” Led by our senior minister, and our associate minister, this class covers how we view the Bible and its authority, the history and polity of the church, and how our faith intersects with our daily lives. You may register for the next “Beginnings” series by calling the church at (404) 256-2582 or e-mailing Sharon Hanna.
Where I can learn more about the Disciples Denomination?
What if I have more questions?
Please visit our “Welcome Desk” located outside the sanctuary near the church offices. A church member will be there to assist you before or after a church service. You can also email a minister or staff member and ask them to call you.