Visiting a church can be like going on a blind-date–there’s great potential, but there are also lots of unknowns. We hope the information below will minimize the unknowns for your first visit to Willow Bend.
It is our desire that you get the most from your worship experience by offering great music, inspiring messages, a family atmosphere and friendly people. We know that the first time at any church brings up many questions like: How do I get there… what should I wear….what is available for my kids….what should I expect in the service itself? Here is a quick look at what you can expect:
How Do I Get There?
We are located at 2541 Henley road, 1 mile west of US 41 and 3.5 miles east of the Suncoast Parkway, just 70 feet south of SR54.
There’s plenty of it. Typically the parking in the front of the building, just to your right as you pull onto the grounds is reserved just for you, however if that is full we have ample parking as you drive past the building and the playground. We tell our regulars to park away from the building to leave spots in the front open for you.
What Should I wear?
The dress is typically casual at Willow Bend. Feel free to come as you are or to wear your very best.
You’ll be greeted warmly by some friendly people. These “greeters”, as we call them, will hand you a bulletin and direct you to the sanctuary. If you have children, they will be glad to escort you to the children’s area. If your child is shy, feel free to keep them with you in the adult service.
Our services begin on time and usually last for up to 90 minutes. We have praise and worship for 20-30 minutes, followed by a time of prayer, and then a relevant message from Pastor Geoff that you will immediately be able to apply in your everyday life. We do not ask you to stand up or to remain seated while everyone else is standing. We want you to know you are welcome but do not want to risk embarrassing you or making you feel uncomfortable.
What is Available for My Kids?
Quality children’s programs are offered during the services. Our Children’s Ministry area, which includes the nursery and Kid’s Power church, is located to the left of our main entrance.
When you drop your child off at their age appropriate class, yours and your childs names will be recorded. You are the only one who can pick your child up after service is over. And because your kids’ safety is of utmost concern to us, all workers are trained and cleared through a local and federal background check.
What is available for My Teens?
The Impact Youth Ministry (Middle and High School) meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 for their own time of dynamic worship and teaching.