Welcome to our church! We believe that God led you here for a reason!! You might be looking for hope, purpose and a comfortable place to explore faith in God in a complicated world… so are we. At Rural Chapel, you will find a group of passionate people who are working to learn more about faith in God and are trying to put our faith into practice in our everyday lives. We have numerous ways, both in-person and digitally, for you to explore faith through the life of our church which you can learn more about on this website. We look forward to meeting you!!
WORSHIP SUNDAYS 10 AM
Address:5860 Cheshire Rd.
Galena, OH 43021
Phone: (740) 548-4389
WHAT TO EXPECT
Whether you’re a first time visitor to our church or have been with us for a long time, we want to make sure that you feel right at home in our congregation, either through online worship or in-person. If you are visiting for the first time, then please make sure to let us know that you are with us because we would love to get to know you and make you feel especially welcome. Below, you can learn a little bit more about our church so that you can know what to expect when you plan your visit.
In normal times, we like to express our worship of God with a variety of music, from more contemporary Christian songs led by our amazing praise band to more classical hymns that root us in our Christian faith. During this season of COVID, we have streamlined our music a bit in order to accommodate life as it is!! Currently on a typical Sunday, we will begin our service with two songs from our praise band and end the service with one more song. Our praise band strives to offer music that is relatable, able to be sung by regular people and connects us to God.
*In accordance with our church’s COVID protocols, we ask that in-person worshipers please stay masked for the entire service, but we encourage you to lift up your voice and join us in singing!
At Rural Chapel, we love coffee, not just for how it tastes, but more importantly for what it does in our church. In normal times, our coffee station provided a welcome watering hole where people gathered together in a way that made our kitchen feel like your beloved grandmother’s kitchen. A place where all people felt valued and new people could connect. Beyond that, in this hectic world, we know that it is just easier to focus on Jesus during worship when we are fully caffeinated and so we encouraged you to take coffee to your seat.
*While we are not presently serving coffee because of our COVID Plan, we dream of a day when we can again offer the welcome that coffee provides as people connect during worship in our church.
WHAT TO WEAR
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come to worship with us so please feel free to dress as you prefer. We are just thankful that you have chosen to worship with us. If you are joining us through the Facebook Live, you can even wear your jammies!!
At Rural Chapel, we are a warm, welcoming family of people who love to laugh. While we are serious about following Jesus and living out our faith, we certainly don’t take ourselves too seriously. Our congregation is truly the greatest blessing that our Church has to offer and we know that you will feel right at home when you meet them.
We make room for children to worship whether they go to “Kid’s Church” after the first couple of songs or stay with their parents during the entirety of the worship service.
Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to Kid’s Church to meet the teachers or they can stay and help out. For a list of classes, check out our Children’s Education tab under the Ministries button.
Pastor Craig is an adept and highly gifted Bible teacher who understands how to relate the teachings of God’s Word to our everyday lives as we challenge each other to follow Jesus more deeply. We enjoy Pastor Craig’s passionate, reverent and relatable preaching style that connects to the lives of real people striving to live out their faith in an increasingly complex world.
Communion is a traditional Christian sacrament (a sacred practice) that we celebrate together monthly as a way to grow in faith. Through communion, we remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made on behalf of all people and participate in this sacrifice through consuming bread and wine (grape juice). Methodists have long used grape juice instead of the traditional wine so that those who are overcoming alcohol addictions can participate in communion with us. On a similar note, we use gluten-free bread in our church so that anyone who has a gluten allergy will be able to take the sacrament too. In our Methodist practice of communion, anyone who desires to connect to God is welcome to participate. We will typically take communion the first Sunday of every month.