This page includes some of the questions you may have if you are considering visiting us at Westwood. If you need further information, please go to the "Contact Us" page and send us your question. We will be happy to send you a quick reply. Or you may call our church office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday at 919-469-9393.
When you arrive at Westwood, a greeter will welcome you and direct you to one of our Welcome Centers. At the Welcome Center, you can find answers to questions you may have about your first visit. A volunteer will also be available to assist you in getting to the worship center or to a particular Sunday School Class.
The Preschool and Children's ministry is located on the lower level of the building. Parking is available near the covered entrance and you may choose to enter the building at this point. There is a welcome center in the small lobby area just inside the entrance. You will find greeters there who will connect you with friendly children’s ministry workers ready to give you information about the different classes we have to offer. To protect your child, all preschoolers and children and their parent/guardian receive security identification for church activities.
Newborns through sixth graders will attend Sunday School in age appropriate classes from 9:15 until 10:15. Newborns through age five will remain in those classes for extended session from 10:15 until 11:30. Six year olds and up are invited to join in worship from 10:30 until 11:30.
The youth ministry meets on the upper level of the facility. We encourage all visitors to come to the Welcome Center in the main lobby just inside the upper entrance. There you will find greeters and volunteers to help direct your youth to the appropriate class.
Our Sunday morning schedule includes Sunday School and Worship. Sunday School classes meet from 9:15 until 10:15. Our worship time is from 10:30 until 11:30. Youth Addressing Christ (YAC) meets in the Youth Area on Sunday evening from 6:30 until 8:00.
On Wednesday night we offer a meal (make reservations by calling 919-469-9393 or filling out a reservation form in the Sunday bulletin) from 5:15-6:00. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. During the fall, winter and spring, beginning at 6:00, our activities include mission education programs and choirs for preschoolers and children (Mission Friends, Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors). Youth activities include mission education and projects, Praise Band, and youth ministry team. A time of prayer and Bible study for adults led by our pastor meets from 6:30 until 7:30. During that same time period, there are separate Bible studies for women and men available. During the summer months, we have different activities for children available which we publish on the front page of our website.
No matter what your personal dress style, you will be comfortable at Westwood. For Sunday morning worship, you’ll find folks wearing business casual attire and some wearing more traditional attire such as suits and dresses. On Wednesday evenings, everyone dresses casually. From suits and dresses to jeans, wear what makes you comfortable and you’ll be right at home with us!
If you would like to discuss church membership with a member of the ministerial staff before you make a final decision, any of us will be happy to meet with you at your convenience. Simply contact us by telephone or email to set up a time that meets your schedule.
Near the conclusion of each worship service, we offer an opportunity to respond to the movement of the Holy Spirit. If you sense God leading you to make Westwood your church home, you can come forward during that time and become a member of Westwood in one of three ways:
By Profession of Faith and Baptism – You have made a personal choice to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Affirming that decision, you request to follow him in believers’ baptism.
By Transfer of Church Membership – You inform us of your intent to move your membership to Westwood from another church. We will be happy to notify your previous church of your decision so they can adjust their records appropriately.
Statement of Faith – Affirm that you have a personal relationship with Christ and have experienced believers’ baptism previously.
People are searching for connections. They are trying to connect with someone, some place, or something. Many people are searching to connect with God. Well, the good news is that God wants to connect with them as well. God wants to connect with you. God desires an intimate relationship with each of us, and makes a way for that relationship to take place.
The first thing you need to know is that God loves you. God loves you tremendously, immensely, and infinitely. God created you and loves you more than anything in the world, and God wants an eternal relationship with you. (John 3:16)
Our sin and disobedience has created a rift in our relationship with God. It has caused us to become disconnected, if you will, from God and leads us down a path that God did not intend for us to take. Yet, God provides a path for forgiveness of our sin and the reestablishment of a relationship with him. (Romans 8:5-11)
God has chosen to reconnect with humanity through the life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. It is through a personal relationship with Christ that we are connected to God fully and can begin a new life, an abundant life, a restored life in God. (John 14:6, 7)
God provides the Holy Spirit to nurture and sustain our connection with God, and to guide and strengthen our journey of faith as we strive to follow Jesus daily. (John 14:16, 17; 26)
God not only connects with us through our relationship with Jesus, but we are also connected to other Christ followers as well. Our common faith in Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives binds us to each other as members of the Body of Christ. Together we draw strength, inspiration, help, and courage from one another to be the hands, feet, voice, and presence of Christ in the world. (Acts 2:43-47)
Our continued connection to God and to each other as members of Christ’s body is nurtured and maintained through our commitment to and practices of prayer, the reading and study of Scripture, worship, fellowship, ministry, and missions.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts the Spirit gives each Christ follower, God connects us to our neighbor, to our community, and to our world and enables us to minister and love others in the name of Jesus. (Matthew 25:34-40)
As members of Christ’s body, God has called and empowered us through the Holy Spirit with the task of telling the world about Jesus Christ in order to connect others to God, so they might be able to experience a loving, intimate relationship with their Creator, through our Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20)