What will worship be like?

Worship at Spirit of Joy is casual, fun and maybe even a little unpredictable. Our worship team, complete with drums, bass and electric guitar play both contemporary and traditional music. The message is communicated through preaching, drama and video. We celebrate our Lutheran heritage by taking time to seek forgiveness, hear God’s Word and receive Communion, but we realize the rituals of the past aren’t always effective, so we try to be fresh but faithful in what we do.


What should I wear to Spirit of Joy?

Since there are people from many different backgrounds worshiping at Spirit of Joy, what people wear varies. For the most part, something casual will work just fine.


How long is worship?

Worship at Spirit of Joy usually lasts 60 to 75 minutes. Please join us at 10:00am for service. We can't wait to meet you!  


Will I be singled out in any way as a guest?

We have volunteers that welcome everyone that walks through our doors, including guests. But don’t worry, we will not put you on the spot, expect you to give money or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you do need assistance, feel free to visit our Welcome Center, located in the main lobby.


Where do my kids go during worship?

At Spirit of Joy we believe it is important for kids to experience the joy of worshiping with their families but we also understand sitting in one place for an hour is not easy for the little ones. So about 30 minutes into worship, parents and guardians are asked to go with their kids (Grades PreK - 1st Grade) to check them in the Linmann Hall. Grades 2-7th grade are encouraged to remain in the service to be part of the worship experience. We provide Sunday School from 9-9:50 before service for Grades PreK - 7th. We would love for your children to join us in the Linmann Hall, while you enjoy Adult Sunday School in the Gathering Room. There is also a staffed nursery available all morning for children under the age of 3 should you wish to use it. If you have a teenager, they are invited to attend worship with you. In addition, there are youth ministry activities specifically for them on Sunday evenings to connect with each other and study the bible.


What is a Lutheran Church?

Spirit of Joy is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a national network of 9,000 churches. While we don’t share the same worship style and traditions as some other Lutheran churches, we do share the same core beliefs. Most importantly we believe we are saved by God’s grace, as a free gift, through faith in Jesus Christ -- not by anything we do. If you want to know more about the beliefs of Lutheran Christians, push the button below.


Why the name Spirit of Joy?

You don’t have to smile all the time to come to Spirit of Joy. You don’t even need to be happy or have everything figured out in your life to check us out. We know that life is tough and joy isn’t always an easy thing to come by, but we believe that God’s gift of joy is deeper than the circumstances of life. People at Spirit of JOY have experienced all the burdens life has to offer, but because of God’s loving presence and promises through Jesus, we are able to discover a spirit of joy and hope even in difficult times.