*We have resumed indoor services on Sundays at 9 & 11 am at 5 N Court St in Athens. We are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See our Indoor Service Guidelines for details!

Sundays

What to Expect

During this time, we gather Sundays at 10:30 A.M. outside on the practice field behind Alexander High School. At Brookfield, we know that going to a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience full of questions like, “What’s going to happen?” “Will I be dressed right?” “What will the music be like?” “Will there be people there like me?” Plus, things are looking particularly different these days due to COVID-19. We don’t want you to be unsure about what it’s like to visit Brookfield Church, so here is what you will want to know.

We gather Sundays at 9 & 11 A.M. uptown at 5 N. Court Street. At Brookfield, we know that going to a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience full of questions like, “What’s going to happen?” “Will I be dressed right?” “What will the music be like?” “Will there be people like me?” Plus, things are looking particularly different these days due to COVID-19. We don’t want you to be unsure about what it’s like to visit Brookfield Church, so here is what you will want to know.

BEFORE THE SERVICE

There is no need to dress up, so feel free to come in casual clothes. Hats, sunscreen, and bug spray are all welcome! Since we'll be outside, make sure to come dressed for the weather. When you arrive, our Parking Team will direct you to the parking lot closest to our meeting space. Feel free to set up your lawn chair or blanket anywhere on the field that's at least 6 feet away from others. People will be friendly and greet you, but won't break the 6-foot social distancing recommendation. Everyone will be wearing masks to protect others; if you don't own a mask, that's okay! We have disposable masks available at the green Brookfield tent. It's okay if small children are unable to wear masks.

There is no need to dress up, so feel free to come in casual clothes. People will be friendly and greet you, but won't break the 6-foot social distancing recommendation. Everyone will be wearing masks to protect others; if you don't own a mask, that's okay! We have disposable masks available at the door.

Because of the virus, we are seating people by the number of people in their "party," similar to a sit-down restaurant. When you get to the auditorium, our host will ask you how many people are with you, and then they will give you a section number ("B5," for example). The chairs in the auditorium are spaced out and labeled with these section numbers, just like at a sporting event or concert. You can find your seat and sit down until the service begins.

There is no need to dress up, so feel free to come in casual clothes. When you walk in, people will be friendly and greet you but won't invade your space. Free coffee, tea, and donuts are available, and you are welcome to bring your food and drinks into the service.

KIDS & YOUTH

Kids and youth are welcome at our service. In fact, we have larger seating sections toward the back of the auditorium to accommodate families. Unfortunately because of the virus, we are unable to safely provide childcare or our in-person kids program at this time. However, a virtual version of Kids Church for toddlers through 5th grade is available and posted on Friday afternoons through Monday. You'll find a link to the service on our homepage and under the "Kids & Youth" tab when it's available.

We also have an excellent Kids Program with trusted and trained workers where your children can learn about Jesus in an age-appropriate way and in a safe and fun environment. You can begin checking in your kids 15 minutes prior to each service, and there will be a host outside of the Kids space to help direct you where to go.

Our Kids Program during each service is for infants through 5th grade, while middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend the service. Visit the Kids Church and Youth pages for more information.

DURING THE SERVICE

Worship

Worship & Offering

We start our services with worship by singing songs to God. The worship music is current, ranging from modern hymns to contemporary worship songs. Some people respond naturally to God’s presence by raising hands, kneeling, or clapping, but we just want you to worship in a manner that’s real. At Brookfield, this means low-key, non-hyped, heartfelt responses to the Living God. The members of the worship team will be wearing masks for everyone's safety.

We start our services with worship by singing songs to God. The worship music is current, ranging from modern hymns to contemporary worship songs. Some people respond naturally to God’s presence by raising hands, kneeling, or clapping but we just want you to worship in a manner that’s real. At Brookfield, this means low-key, non-hyped, heartfelt responses to the Living God. We also offer the opportunity during our Sunday services for those who would like to give financially to God’s Church, but if you are visiting, there is absolutely no obligation to give.

Teaching

After announcements, a pastor will teach from the English Standard Version of the Bible (if you don’t own a Bible, don't worry- our virtual program includes the text for the teaching). Because we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we teach it as it is, rather than teaching our own opinion. We aim to teach the Bible in a way that is clear and understandable to all, regardless of church experience, and that challenges us to put it into practice.

After announcements, a pastor will teach from the English Standard Version of the Bible (if you don’t own a Bible, we would love to give you one when you visit). Because we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we teach it as it is, rather than teaching our own opinion. We aim to teach the Bible in a way that is clear and understandable to all, regardless of church experience, and that challenges us to put it into practice.

Prayer

As the last worship song plays at the conclusion of each service, those who would like to receive prayer will be invited forward, and someone from our prayer team will pray for them. We find it important to have an environment without the pressure to go forward to receive prayer, but with the opportunity for anyone who would like God’s help with specific things to have an opportunity to ask Him.

AFTER THE SERVICE

Each service lasts for about an hour. Typically after the service, we have a great time meeting each other and catching up. However, because we are trying to minimize spread of the virus and allow time for sanitizing our space, we ask that people start heading out right after the service ends. You can feel free to meet others outside or in the atrium at a distance!