whattoexpect

What To Expect

What are ClearView’s worship gatherings like?

Honest. Authentic. Challenging but not intimidating. These are some of the comments we’ve heard from guests. You’ll hear songs you like and want to sing. You’ll hear teaching that connects with where you are – wherever that is – and points you to your next step. And you’ll see all kinds of people coming together, happy to be somewhere they don’t have to pretend to have it all together.

What does everyone wear?

We’re a casual bunch. Wear whatever you like.

Do you have something for kids during the gathering?

Yes, ClearView loves kids! Each week we offer an attended nursery for our newest arrivals, PreView for preschoolers, and KidsView for elementary ages. If you prefer for your children to stay in the main gathering with you, that’s fine too. We’ve got activity bags to help them feel comfortable. Find out more about our children’s ministry.

When should I arrive?

The gathering begins at 10:00 a.m. If at all possible, arrive 15 minutes early to allow for parking and time to grab a cup of coffee. If you have young children, you’ll be guided to the KidsView check-in table for nursery, Preview or KidsView.

Where exactly do you meet on the LSUS campus?

We are in the University Center building. Our main gathering is in the theater and we use various classrooms for our kids’ spaces. Have no fear about finding us though! Every Sunday we have signs at the main entries and directional signs for parking and walking up.

Do I need a tag to park on campus?

Nope.

What happens during a gathering, and how long do they last?

Our gatherings last about an hour and ten minutes. They include teaching, singing, and communion.

What is communion?

Communion, also called Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, is one of the practices that has been central to the church for 2,000 years. Participants are invited to take a piece of bread and a cup of juice as a way of remembering the body and blood of Jesus on the cross. While communion is a time of reflection, it is also a time of celebration. Because of Jesus’ victory over sin and death we’ve been reconciled to God and each other! Guests are always welcome to participate in communion.

Why do you emphasize singing?

Singing, as a form of worship, is another feature of the church that goes back 2,000 years. Today we may be more familiar with concerts or performances, but worship is, and always has been, about participating and not merely observing.

Why don’t you take an offering?

We just thought it would be weird. We’d hate for anyone to think that money is what we care about. Joy boxes are available for anyone who would like to (joyfully) contribute to our work and mission, but an offering is not one of our emphases.