What to Expect
How should I dress for Sunday worship services?
Dress according to your own tastes and means—from jeans and t-shirts to suits and dresses. Our hope is that you dress comfortably so that you are open and receptive to all of the blessings that God has in store for you at Reid Temple-North.
What time should I arrive for Sunday Services?
Reid Temple-North offers two (2) Sunday worship services, at 8:15am and 10:15am. KidsStyle Worship is 1st and 2nd Sundays at 8:15 am and 10:15 am (ages K- 5th Grade). Because each service usually draws several hundred members and visitors, we recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before service starts so that you can be seated before service starts. Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Teen Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Grades 6 - 12). KidsStyle Bible Study is Tuesdays at 7:00 pm (ages K- 5th Grade).
If you drive, members of our Parking and Traffic Ministry will be available to help you park as close to the church as possible, but the earlier you arrive, the closer you can get.
What will I see and do when I get to church?
Reid Temple-North is located in a booming retail/industrial complex located off a major thoroughfare in suburban Silver Spring, Maryland. The church is housed in a large, comfortably renovated, two-story facility that features a 1,100-seat sanctuary, a nursery/child care center, classrooms, and meeting rooms.
When you arrive for Sunday services, you can park your car in the parking area around the building or in the satellite lot across the street. Members of the Parking and Traffic Team will assist you with parking and crossing the street. Special, close-in parking spaces are reserved for first-time visitors.
You will be met at the front door by our Greeters, who will welcome you with a smile and a copy of the church bulletin (Note: bulletins are given out on first Sundays only; however, if you are a visitor, you will receive one in your Welcome Packet). They can also answer any questions you might have about Reid Temple. You can get additional information at the Welcome Desk or in designated areas where flyers and announcements are located.
You will enter the sanctuary through one of several doors, each of which is tended by an Usher. Once inside, you may sit wherever you like. If you need assistance finding a seat or have any special seating needs, please ask an Usher for help. He or she will be happy to assist you.
Once you are seated, please read your bulletin or watch the big-screen monitors in the sanctuary to learn more about the order of service and upcoming events at the church.
What happens during worship services?
Our services typically begin with the Proclamation of Faith, followed by the Call to Worship. This is answered by the Invocation and praise music selections from one or more of our several choirs. Next, lessons and readings from the Old and New Testaments and prayer responses are shared by the clergy and the congregation. The collection of tithes and other offerings precedes the Executive Minister’s sermon. Services conclude with the invitation to worship and the Benediction—and, of course, plenty of music, dance, and songs of praise.
Holy Communion services are held on first Sundays. Baptisms take place on every third Sunday of the month.
How and when are visitors recognized?
If you are a visitor or new to Reid Temple, you will be asked to stand at some point in the service so that you can be acknowledged and welcomed by the congregation. While you are standing, a Greeter will come over to you and present you with a packet of information about the church to take home with you.