What to Expect at the Kirk

We know that church can be an intimidating place to visit—especially if you don’t know what to expect. We want you to feel comfortable.

All are welcome here, and all means all. You are invited to come as you are. Our worship services are casual and energetic, and our messages are relevant.

Know that you are invited to participate in the service to the degree you feel comfortable, including receiving communion. Everyone has a place at the Table. We hope that through visiting with us, you will experience the hope, love and joy that comes from a community of people who love Jesus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Kirk of Bonnie Brae Mean?

Kirk of Bonnie Brae means "church of the beautiful hill". We were founded as a Congregational Church in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood in 1947. The church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), a mainline Protestant denomination.


Where is Worship held?

We Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary. When you enter through the green doors from South Steele St., the Sanctuary will be immediately to your right. From the parking lot entrance on the south side of the building, you can enter through either set of green doors and follow the signs. Our sanctuary is equipped with a wireless sound-enhancement system, available upon request. 


Where do I park?

The church faces S. Steele St. There is a parking lot on the south side of the building and can be accessed from S. Steele St. Street parking is also available along S. Steele St., Arizona Ave., or any other side street in the neighborhood.


What do you do in Worship?

We welcome; we sing; we listen to the scripture; to the choir; and a reflection offered by our Pastor; our children engage the scripture on their terms; we share our struggles and joys; we pray (with words, with silence, and sometimes with written engagement) for ourselves, for our communities, for creation, and for the world; we receive offering and communion.


Are children welcome in Worship?

Absolutely! Children and young people are welcome in the worship service. During the Children’s Time, Jackie Kendall-Gebel our Minister for Children and Youth spends a few minutes talking to children about the day’s scripture. Afterward, children ages 3-11 are invited to go to experience interactive worship called Godly Play in our lower level or they may stay with the folks who brought them. We also have a nursery for those ages 0-3 for the duration of the service, but they too are welcome to join us in worship. The Kirk has a written child protection policy, available for your review.


How will I know where to sit and what to do in Worship?

As you enter, a greeter will hand you a bulletin which lists the parts of our service. You are welcome to sit anywhere in the Sanctuary. A greeter will gladly help you find a seat if you wish. Songs are projected onto the screen in the front of the worship area or if you like to read music, the numbers are printed in the bulletin and hymnals are available in the seat pocket in front of you. The greeters in the back of the church will be happy to assist you should you have any questions.


What type of music do you have?

Our worship blends many music styles, on a given Sunday you might hear a classical piece written hundreds of years ago, traditional hymns, contemporary worship music and a 70's folk song. Although individuals might connect to one genre more than another, we intentionally make room for others as we celebrate our diversity.


How long does worship last?

Our Worship service usually lasts about one hour. After the service there is a time for conversation and refreshments in the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is right off the parking lot, on the south side of the building. We hope you'll stay and get to know us better and ask questions. 


When is communion held and can I participate?

On the first Sunday of the month we have formal communion as is the tradition of the church. On subsequent Sundays, communion is offered as a part of our active prayer station time. We welcome all to join us at God’s table and share this sacred meal with us (children too, if parents so choose). If you choose to not receive communion, that is fine too. In the service we receive communion by intinction, which means we go to the front of the worship area where each person is given a piece of communion bread which you dip in grape juice, and then consume it on the way to your seat. We are also happy to bring the elements to you if you prefer to remain at your seat.


What do I wear?

We hope you will feel comfortable here, no matter what you wear. Some people wear suits or dresses; others come in casual slacks, jeans, or shorts. Whatever you wear, we will welcome you.


Do I need to make a financial offering?

There is no expectation that you will make a gift, but gifts are always welcome. We believe we are all called and created to be generous. The church receives and encourages giving as a way to encourage spiritual health. We often call the offering "stewardship" and seek to provide education and opportunities to give not only of material wealth but also of time, energy, passion, and presence. The gifts we receive go to support the Kirk and its missions and ministries. We do not "pass the plate" but have a plate in the back for you to place your gifts during our time of active prayer.


Is the church wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The entire church is wheel chair accessible. Immediately in front of the main entrance to the building on Steele Street there are handicapped spaces and a ramp that allows access to the church. Additional spaces are available on the north side of the building on Arizona. Worship Service is on the main level, as is the wheelchair-accessible bathroom.