What to Expect

Sundays – 9:30 a.m.
If you’re new to Thornydale Family Church, here’s what you can expect on a typical Sunday morning.


All of our worship is centered around God’s Word:
  • We include public reading of the Bible in our gatherings in a variety of different ways. Sometimes we read the Bible as an entire congregation and other times we listen as individuals read from God’s Word.
  • We make sure that all of our music is consistent with what the Bible teaches.
  • Each week Pastor Pat shares a message from the Bible that is designed to help all of us apply what we are learning in our daily lives. Audio and video recordings of previous messages are available on our SERMONS page.


Our music is not a performance, but rather a participatory element of our worship that is used to reveal God – who He is and what He has done – and then respond to Him with praise and adoration. 
The playlist on this page contains the songs that we sing most frequently in our worship. You can use that playlist to become more familiar with those songs or to use them in your personal worship.
Since we are truly a family church, we believe it is important for children to learn to worship with their families at an early age. So we have provided several ways for your children to actively participate in worship.
  • We have a nursery staffed with loving caretakers for babies and toddlers up through 2 years old.
  • Children from 3 years old through Kindergarten age usually remain with their families during the singing time and then are dismissed to go to Children’s Church during Pastor Pat’s message.
  • Children in First Grade or older worship with their families for the entire gathering. During the message, they are given a clipboard with an appropriate handout that allows them to follow the sermon and take notes at their level.
  • Pastor Pat has a special “In the Bag” object lesson for all the kids. Usually the adults learn as much or more than the kids!


5We normally observe the Lord’s Supper quarterly. During those times we devote the entire gathering to following Jesus’ command to remember His sacrificial death and look forward to His return. Each observance is unique, but always includes the opportunity for us to join together in celebrating the salvation that we share in common.

What is a “gathering of worshipers”?
Glad you asked! Our philosophy of worship is that Sunday mornings should merely be a continuation of the worship that has been going on in our lives all throughout the week. So we’re all worshipers who gather weekly to share in that experience together.
How long are your gatherings?
Most of the time they last a little over an hour.
How do I need to dress?
Feel free to come dressed however you want. God is a lot more concerned about our hearts than our outward appearance.
Will you ask me to give money?
We consider giving to be an important and integral part of worship for those who are members and regular attenders. But we never ask or expect anyone who is new to give unless that is something they decide they want to do.
Will I be asked to introduce myself or be singled out?
We will never single anyone out or embarrass them – especially if you’re new. You can interact with others as much or as little as you like. Really all we ask is that you take a moment to complete an information card so we can thank you for visiting and provide you with any other information you might like.
Can I watch one of your gatherings before I attend?
Absolutely! You can either watch live on Sunday mornings at 9:30 or watch a recording of one or more of our prior gatherings at your convenience on our WATCH LIVE page.
The Songs We Sing