Welcome to OEFC. Here are a couple of questions you might be asking.
What's a typical Sunday service like?
Our contemporary worship service involves a full band and a variety of songs. Some are on Christian radio but all of them point us to Jesus. Our acoustic worship in the Fireside room is more intimate, usually with a piano and worship leader or a small team of singers. Different styles and volumes, for different tastes. Don’t worry if you don’t know the songs…feel free to come and listen—or sing along with us as you catch on! The words are always on the big screens above the stage. We may have someone share of how God has been working in their life, or we may have a prayer time where one of the leaders in our church prays for us. Then one of our pastors will preach a 30-40 minute message from the Bible. - Hide
How long is an average service?
Our services run between one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes in length.- Hide
What should I wear?
At OEFC you will find people in casual dress, in shorts and skirts, and even the odd suit. A general rule of thumb is, if you feel comfortable wearing it to a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon, it's good enough for us. - Hide
Some people carry a Bible, some don't... what’s that all about?
Our teaching time (traditionally known as a sermon) does focus on a passage of the Bible. While we use PowerPoint to communicate the passages from time to time we like people to follow along in their own Bibles. We typically stick to the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible on Sundays. You can get a free Bible from our information kiosk, but lots of people prefer to use a version on their phone. A popular one is YouVersion Bible App - Hide
What about my kids?
We want to offer kids a fun and life-changing experience. In order to do that, we take our responsibilities with kids (your kids) very seriously. We have something for every child from newborn to grade 6. During our service, preschool children will sing, play games, interact with some of our top-notch volunteers and learn about the Bible, how it applies to their lives, learn how to pray and walk out more faith-full than when they walked in. Kids often consider it the highlight of their week. In the summer months (July and August) Kids in grades 1-6 are welcome to join their parents in the main worship service to experience worship with their families. But for the rest of the year parents and guardians can sign their children in for Sunday School at the beginning of the worship service. - Hide
Yeah, but are my kids safe?
Any child in our care will be safe. When you drop your kids off, they will be checked in using our state-of-the-art child registration system. You will be given a label with a unique code on it that corresponds to a code your child has. No one but you, or someone you designate, can pick up your child, and no one can get access to our children's ministry areas without clearance or a pickup label. We care about your children’s safety and security. Furthermore, all of our volunteers are trained in child safety and have their police records checked before being brought onto the team. - Hide
Where do I drop my kids off?
When you enter our main doors you can turn left to access the nursery (infants up to 36 months). For children aged 3, through to Grade 6, turn right and head towards the back of the building. Follow the signs. For the summer months, children in grades 1-6 are welcome to sit with their families in the main auditorium. If you are visiting with us for the first time, please come a few minutes early to ensure your children are properly registered and orientated. More information about our children's ministry can be found here
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How can I be contacted if my kids need me during the service?
If you are new with us, when you register your children you will be given a tag with a coded number on it (ie. ZA8P) that matches a code on the name tag that your children wear. Should you be needed that code will show up on the big screens in our main auditorium. Once you decide to make this your church home, we will issue you a barcode tag for your keychain with a permanent page number on it (ie.1234) that we will use to page you on the big screens. - Hide
What about my teenagers?
Teens are invited to join us in the main service. It's what being part of a community is all about. - Hide
Am I expected to give money?
Those individuals and families who call OEFC their home give to the ministries of our church. It is a part of our worship, and is just as significant as our worship in service or song or through the sermons we hear. But if you are visiting please do not feel any obligation to help provide for the ministries here at OEFC. At any point you would like to, we would be grateful for your investment. While many people choose to give to our church regularly from their bank account or credit card (PAD - pre-authorized debit/credit), others put cheques or cash in an envelope in the offering box at the back of the main auditorium and fireside room. - Hide
Church coffee has a reputation of not being very good, why should I trust yours?
We love coffee as much as you do. The first thing you will see when you walk in is our coffee bar. Brewed coffee is free, but for a smile and $3 our baristas can make you the best specialty coffee in town. We use Level Ground
coffee for our specialty coffees. Yup, that's Direct Fair Trade. - Hide
OK, I'll give it a try, what time is your service?
Our servies are 9:15am & 11:00am every Sunday of the year. We look forward to meeting you! - Hide
How can I get connected to the church community?
First and foremost, contact us either online through the office email or one of the pastors emails. Secondly, contact one of our great volunteers, manning the information kiosk, and they can help you find the information you are looking for. Finally, we believe community happens best in our Growth Group
ministry, and we want to provide a place for you to continue your spiritual growth. Our Ministry to Women
offers places of connection for women. . Finally, the information Kiosk, on the right hand side of the foyer as you leave the auditorium is a fantastic place for you to meet someone who can give you more information about life here at OEFC. - Hide
That's kind of a mouthful for a church name, what does it mean?
The term "evangelical" comes from the term "evangel" and refers to the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus is at the heart of our faith and life and we want to encounter Him, love Him and share the good news that He has come to set all people free from the prison of sin, shame, condemnation and death.
The term "free" has to do with how we organize ourselves. Years ago in Scandinavia, state and church were enmeshed. All citizens, regardless of what they believed were considered to be members of the church. The Free Church started from a belief that a relationship with Jesus based on biblical truth is the proper basis for our faith and membership in a local church. It also highlights the freedom each local church has to govern itself. We are an interdependent association of churches that desire to live for and proclaim the name of Jesus. You can find more about that here - Hide
If you have more questions please contact us via email or phone 403-938-3311.