There are some Frequently Asked Questions that are asked over and over again. In order to simplify the process of getting answers for you, we have provided a list of many of them. If you would like, you are welcomed to call us and speak with someone directly at (908) 766-2858.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I haven’t been to church in a long time?
Not a problem! In fact, we don’t care if you have never been to church. Each week, people visit SHLC for the first time. Our worship services are easy to follow and don’t require that you have any past church experience.
What if I am not Lutheran?
While SHLC is a congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod we are open to all people seeking to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Being Lutheran isn’t nearly as important as simply having a heart to seek Christ. If you want to learn more about the Lutheran understanding and practice of the Christian faith, that’s an option. But it’s certainly not a requirement for attending. For information please free to contact us at (908) 766-2858.
What can I expect when I come to SHLC?
You can expect to be greeted warmly at the door and receive a worship folder for the day. The worship service will include music, Bible readings, a relevant message from one of the pastors. Depending on the service, there may also be baptisms and Holy Communion. Prayers will be offered and you may request prayers via the green cards or by emailing them HERE.
What should I wear?
Wear what you feel is comfortable and appropriate. We do not have a dress code and we certainly wouldn’t want you to worry about this! Some people wear jeans and t-shirt, while others come in “business casual” attire. Some people prefer to dress up, while others prefer to dress down. We are more concerned about your heart and your needs than we are about your clothing.
What is there for Children during worship?
Adults and children begin worship together in the Sanctuary. Each Sunday there will be a Children’s Chat for all those through grade 5, after which those ages 4 to grade 6 have an opportunity to go to Children’s Church where they will learn through a variety of way more about Jesus.
For the littlest children, we provide a safe and secure nursery with a loving qualified staff, a room for restless kids and nursing mothers, with age-appropriate toys. Of course, all children may stay with their parents for the entire worship service. We know that it might be hard for them to “be quiet” the entire time. We understand. Jesus loved children; so do we.
For resources on how to help your children worship, please click HERE.
What if I want to receive Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper)?
Baptized adult Christians who know they need God’s daily forgiveness, who are sorry for their sins and seek God’s forgiveness, and who believe that the body and blood of Jesus Christ are truly present in the Lord’s Supper are invited to share this great gift of God with us. Jesus called us to celebrate Holy Communion until he returns so that we may have forgiveness of sins, strengthening of faith, and the power to live God-pleasing lives. God’s Word tells us that when we receive the Lord’s Supper, we are not merely receiving bread and wine, but the true, real body and blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 26:26-30, “This is my body… this is my blood;” not “this represents my body” or “this symbolizes my blood.” We ask that children experience our Communion Preparation classes in the 5th and 6th grades before communing. If you have doubts or do not understand our beliefs about the Lord’s Supper, please call our church office and ask to speak to pastor, who would be happy to help you understand the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.
I’m struggling with some personal problems. Is help available?
Yes. Many people, including Christians, face challenges in their personal and family lives. These can include addictions, marital problems, financial crises, abuse, depression, divorce, deaths of loved ones, physical trauma and emotional problems. We want to support you and encourage healing in your life however possible. It is admirable and courageous to recognize that you need support in sorting out life’s difficulties. You may request to meet with our pastor to discuss your problem in confidence.
How do I get involved?
The opportunities are endless. Possibly you want to get involved in Bible study or join a small group. (Small groups are an awesome way to get connected to other Christians in fellowship, Bible study and spiritual growth!). Maybe you simply want to see where you can volunteer or what’s available for your children or teens. Upcoming events would also give you the chance to be with other Christians.
How do I become a member?
We offer regular classes for membership called “The ABC (About Being Christian) class” in which the basics of the Christian faith are discussed from the perspective of our Lutheran understanding. The ABC class is required if you have never been confirmed in the Lutheran church as a teen or adult. People coming to SHLC from another Lutheran Church may also transfer their membership and become part of our Church family, and they are also urged to be part of the ABC Class.
What if I want to have my child baptized, or get married at Somerset Hills Lutheran Church?
Please contact the church office or our pastor to discuss these arrangements.