What to expect when you visit:
If you’re new to Ann Arbor or just find yourself looking for a Christian community to connect with, we invite you to check out the Campus Chapel. The easiest way to do that is to either show up on a Sunday morning or email one of the pastors to introduce yourself. If you choose to worship with us on a Sunday, we’d love for you to stick around after the service so we can get to know you, but we understand visiting a new church can be a little intimidating. So don’t worry, no one will tackle you at the door if you choose to slip out unnoticed. Below are a few things about the Chapel you may want to know if you plan on dropping by.
Getting to the Chapel
Finding the Chapel is easy. Here’s a map for you. On Sundays, you can use the parking structure (530 Church Street) behind the Chapel for free. During the week, parking can be found on the side streets near the Chapel. Our building is hard to miss; it’s got big, bright red doors. If you get lost, call us at 734.668.7421.
Sunday at the Chapel
The worshipping community at the Chapel is relatively small (45-65 people on a typical Sunday), but pretty friendly and open to newcomers. Most people who attend Chapel services are undergraduate or graduate students at the U of M, but we also have a handful of families and young professionals who call the Chapel their spiritual home.
We follow a fairly traditional liturgy (program for worship) that is printed in the bulletins that you’ll find on a podium as you enter the Chapel. The liturgy, with all of the songs and readings, is also projected on the screen in the Chapel. All of the songs that we sing, with both lyrics and music, are projected so that, if a song is new to you, you don’t have to guess at what the words or the tune are. We don’t have a big band or an exuberant worship leader. For that reason, worship at the Chapel has been described by visitors as contemplative and tending toward traditional, though we try to use the best music of various traditions (traditional hymns, contemporary choruses and world music) in our worship. During the service, one of our two pastors will preach a 20-25 minute sermon based on a biblical text. We take an offering on Sunday morning. Visitors with us are not expected to contribute, though you’re welcome to do so if you wish.
We celebrate communion (Lord’s Supper, Eucharist) every other week at the Chapel. All who confess faith in Christ are welcome to join us in this celebration. Typically, we stand in a circle and pass the bread (if you need a gluten free option, let us know) and cup (grape juice) to each other. If you do not wish to participate, please feel free to stay in your seat or join us in the circle with your arms across your chest to receive a blessing. If you have children, they are welcome to join us in the circle to participate in this celebration or to receive a blessing.
Following worship, we always have a short time of fellowship. You’re welcome to join us during this time. Regular Chapel attendees bring goodies to share; please help yourself to these. This is a great time to seek out one of the Chapel staff and let them know that you are visiting, if they don’t seek you out first. We encourage you to fill out a visitor card located on the tables in the back of the Chapel. This card asks for your name (to help us remember) and your email address so that we can contact you to get to know you better and to let you know about upcoming Chapel activities in which you might be interested.
Families with Children are welcome at the Chapel. We love for families to be together during worship. For this reason, we do not have a special “children’s worship” or a nursery. This means that we do not mind rustling paper, dropped toys, or even crying children during the worship service. We do have plenty of paper, crayons, markers and other art supplies available for kids if they wish to be creative during worship. Additionally, on the lower level of the chapel, there are couches, café style tables and plenty of space for you and your kids to use, during or after the worship service.
You’re welcome to stop by during the week to check out the Chapel, meet the staff, and ask any questions you might have about the Chapel’s ministry. Also, during the week, when staff are in the building, the single door, closest to the sidewalk is open. Staff at the Chapel do not keep regular office hours, though at least one staff is usually in the building during regular business hours throughout the week. Because we don’t post or keep regular office hours, we do recommend calling the Chapel at 734.668.7421 to make sure a staff person is available or to schedule a time to meet with one of us.