First Time Visitor
Frequently Asked Questions about My First Visit
What time should I arrive?
We worship at 9:30 a.m. (relaxed traditional) and at 11 a.m. (new music, band, family friendly).
Am I going to be conspicuous?
You can expect 100-125 people at our 9:30 a.m. and 80-100 in worship at 11 a.m., so you won't be conspicuous, but you will probably be noticed and greeted. WE WILL CERTAINLY NOT ASK YOU TO STAND, RAISE YOUR HAND OR INTRODUCE YOURSELF! We recognize that there is a fine line between not wanting to be embarrassed and not wanting to feel like nobody cares that you are here. We will care, but won't make you feel like a sore thumb.
How do I behave in worship?
We have a user friendly traditional type service with a casual and relaxed approach. While we do sing hymns and read prayers together (at 9:30 a.m.), you won't feel uncomfortable as the words aren't a secret ritual that you have to learn - we try to make it easy. Our New Music worship is very relaxed with a positive, upbeat feel. Once a month we have our Communion service. Anybody is welcome to come forward to share in this very special meal in which we actively are reminded how much God loves us.
Will I be expected to give money?
If you visit with us, we want you to know that we will not be asking you for money. In fact, when it comes time for the offering we will ask you to let the plate go right past and not put anything in! As a visitor, we would like this experience to be a gift to you.
How should I dress?
Our dress is casual (if that is what you are comfortable in) or more dressy if you like to go to church in your Sunday best. Neither our minister nor our choir wears robes at 9:30, 11AM is even more relaxed (jeans and t-shirts).
Are our children welcome?
Yes! At both the 9:30 and 11 a.m.services, children are invited up for the interactive children's sermon and then they go to Sunday School. We have a nursery and cry room available for young children, or they may remain with you in worship. Youth have Bible Study every week during the 9:30 a.m. service and are invited to remain in worship during second service at 11 a.m.
Should I bring a cushion in case the service goes on forever?
No! Our worship usually lasts about an hour. Following worship, we have a simple fellowship so you can meet folks and check things out. Welcome to Shepherd of the Hills!
- Worship 9:30 AM: Relaxed Traditional – Traditional and new hymns with our Chancel Choir.
- Worship 11 AM: Contemporary / Modern Worship – Band, Candles, Families.
- Sunday school for children at each hour. Loving nursery care, too.
- Address: We are located at 30605 Avenida de Las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita.
This Week at RSM Campus
On Sunday we continue our series on "Making All Things New," looking at Colossians 2:1-15. How does God make things new and for what purpose? This week join us as we talk about what newness and living out of fulfillment look like.
Church Wide News & Events
Pastor Craig’s Final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills: Pastor Craig will celebrate his final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills on June 16th. There will be one worship service at each campus that morning. • Rancho Santa Margarita Campus – 9:00 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching • Mission Viejo Campus – 10:30 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching Following worship at the Mission Viejo Campus, there will be a celebration luncheon of Mexican street tacos! After lunch, a gathering will be held in the sanctuary at Mission Viejo.
- Pastoral News: The Rev. Karl Stuckenberg to Be Appointed as the New Lead Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills...
- 'Celebrate Recovery': Launched April 10th at 6:30 pm at the MV Campus (part of "Connect"). The weekly gathering will serve as a support group for dealing with hurts, habits and hang-ups, providing a place to share, fellowship, and embark on a path to healing.
- 'Connect' Gatherings: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Mission Viejo Campus
- Event Highlights: See what events are going on at both campuses here...
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