LOOKING FOR A CHURCH HOME?
Life can be stressful: moving, having a baby, getting married, getting divorced, job changes, etc.
Whether you are facing one of these (or more than one of these), or you are just taking the next step in pursuing questions about God and life, we would love to help you.
We want every single person whom God is calling to Lakeside to be here and to find a permanent church home to help them grow and flourish in their relationship with Christ.
We may be a short stop for you. Maybe you are just passing through town on vacation and want to join us for worship; or maybe you don't know what's happening in your life but you need a place to be loved, accepted, and to heal.
As God uses us to further His Kingdom in the Roanoke Valley, we would love to play a big or small part in your life. Come join us for a service anytime and if you need to talk with someone we have some great folks who can help with that.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
If this is your first time finding a new church home, you may not be sure how to know when you've found a good church. Here are some essentials and some preferences to consider:
ESSENTIALS IN A CHURCH
Beliefs are based on Scripture
Teaching is true to God's Word
A place where you can serve
You are challenged to grow spiritually
PREFERENCES IN A CHURCH
Amount of programs
If you are new to Lakeside, here are some things you may want to know to help you get settled:
COME AND SEE
You are welcome at any of our services or ministry meetings as you are getting to know our church.
If it is just you coming, 5-10 minutes before Sunday School or the worship service begins is ample time to get settled. If you have multiple children to get checked in, we recommend arriving 20 minutes early.
Lakeside has a healthy mix of backgrounds and ages. On a Sunday morning, you will see folks in a suit and tie, and you may also see folks in shorts and flip flops (unless it is winter time - then they probably won't wear shorts, but you get the idea). So come dressed in a way that helps you to worship God. Almost all of our other gatherings are casual.
Lakeside's parking lot wraps almost all the way around our building and you are welcome to park in any section. There are handicap spaces at the doors near the Daycare sign off Dalewood as well as directly in front of the main doors to the sanctuary (big building with the huge crosses on the front). We have special GUEST PARKING spaces in front of the sanctuary if you want to park close to the entrance.
Picking up children younger than middle school at any of our ministry meetings and services is simple yet secure. We will provide parent(s)/guardian(s) with a "Guest Security Card" when you drop off your child, and then you return that card with it's unique alphanumeric code when you pick up your child. This ensures that your child is returned to you. If your family should choose to engage with Lakeside regularly, we will make you a permanent Security Card to keep that has your name and your child's name and picture on it.
Please feel free to call (540.986.0062) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the office with other questions you may have; we want to help!
If you join us for a weekly service or ministry meeting, here is our schedule and some things to know:
9:00am - we fellowship in the gym while consuming large amounts of coffee and a breakfast-ish snack
9:15am - Children and babies can be checked-in to nurseries and children's classes
9:30am - Sunday School studies for all ages begin
10:17am - Sunday School ends with two bells. Parents have sufficient time to pick up children and everyone
can make their way to the sanctuary
10:30am - our corporate worship service begins in the sanctuary
>3 years through PreK children's service begins at the start of the service
>K-5th grade children's service students start with the adults and are dismissed during the service
5:15pm - children and youth can be checked-in and dropped off
5:30pm - our evening ministries for children and youth begin
>for Quest, everyone checks in and starts in the gym
>for youth, middle school students meet in the "FORCE" room and high school students go to homes for
7:00pm - prayer meeting and Bible study meets in one of the classrooms on the office hallway