What should I expect when I visit MCCPB for the first time?
Question: What will the worship service be like?
MCCPB offers two worship services every Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m., with childcare for children 10 and under provided during the 11 a.m. service. The services are identical, with coffee hour following each service. ASL interpretation is often provided at the 11 a.m. service.
Because the MCCPB congregation is made up of people from both Protestant and Catholic Christian traditions, elements of our worship services reflect both. In our worship we share an evangelical-style time of worship and praise singing alongside a more liturgical (formal) celebration of communion. We sing traditional hymns and contemporary songs. Scripture passages from the Bible are read, and sometimes we hear from secular literature sources as well. We share our concerns and praises in prayer. Everyone is welcome to bring their understanding of God and worship with them to add to the rich diversity of spiritual experience at MCCPB.
Question: Will communion be served?
Communion is served at both worship services on Sundays. Most people participate, but it is not required. If you feel most comfortable remaining seated during the celebration of communion, you are very welcome to do that. At MCCPB, the sharing of communion is our reminder that the table and feast belong to God, and are open to all of God's people. At each service you will hear this invitation: "At MCCPB and at MCCs all over the world, we celebrate an open communion. This means you do not have to be a member of this church, or any church, to share in this feast prepared for all."
Question: What should I wear to worship services at MCCPB?
Please wear whatever clothing you are most comfortable in. At MCCPB, as throughout Florida, formal attire is not required.
Question: How long is the average worship service?
On average, our services last 60 to 75 minutes, and are followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments.
Question: Will I have to do anything or speak to anyone?
You may speak or socialize with others who are attending worship at MCCPB or not, whichever is most comfortable for you. You will never be required to do anything you don't want to do, and you are welcome to participate as fully as you want. Our hope is that your experience of worship at MCCPB will be a warm, inviting and spiritually meaningful time for you.