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.
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. On a typical Sunday, our praise band will offer three songs, two at the beginning of service and one at the end. Our praise band strives to offer music that is relatable, able to be sung by regular people and connects us to God. We also sing a traditional hymn just before the message as a connection point to the people of Christian faith who have gone before us.
Even if you aren't physically in the building, joining us for Sunday services online makes you an integral part of our community. We encourage you to interact and comment on our livestream! Pastor Craig takes prayer requests via the comments and we love to hear from our congregation no matter where you are!
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.
At Rural Chapel, we love coffee, not just for how it tastes, but more importantly for what it does in our church. Our coffee station provides a welcome watering hole where people gather together in a way that makes our kitchen feel like your beloved grandmother’s kitchen. A place where all people feel valued and new people can 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.
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.
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!!
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. In our Methodist practice, anyone who desires to connect to God is welcome to participate in communion. As we live into our newer practice of livestreaming our worship service, our online worshipers can partake in communion through providing their own bread, grape juice, wine or equivalents which will be blessed during the service. We will typically take communion the first Sunday of every month.