New Here?

Welcome!

We are so glad you are here. We can’t wait to meet you.

If you have never gone to church or if you’ve been in church your whole life or if you’ve just been away for a while, you’re welcome here. If you speak Spanish or English or both, you are welcome here. This is a place of hope, where you can meet with God and become who God made you to be. If you need anything, have any questions about God, the Bible, the church or anything, please contact us. We are here for you.

We understand that coming into a new church can be challenging: meeting new people, navigating a new building, experiencing new ways of worshipping God, just to name a few. For this reason we included the section below that answers some of the questions that we had when we first got here. We hope this helps make it a little easier for you.

But never fear, if you have questions that are not answered below feel free to contact the office. If you have questions when you get here, just ask an usher. We’d love to help in any way we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go when I get here?

You can enter into any one of three Sanctuary doors directly under the steeple. Walk right into the Narthex (sanctuary lobby) and you will be greeted by an usher and given a bulletin. Ask them any questions you have. Then head into the sanctuary and sit wherever you feel most comfortable.

Where are the bathrooms?

There are men’s and women’s bathrooms in the Narthex (sanctuary lobby). There are also bathrooms downstairs in the foyer outside of the fellowship hall and also by the nursery.

Where do my kids go?

You are always welcome to have your children stay with you in the Sanctuary. We do have different children’s ministries available depending on which service you attend:

  • 9am Traditional Service:
    • Children 3 & under can be checked in to the nursery at the start of the service. Please ask an usher for assistance.
  • 11:45am Fusion Contemporary Service:
    • Children 3 & under can be checked in to the nursery at the start of the service. Please ask an usher for assistance.
    • Children age 3 - 3rd grade remain with parents during the singing, then come forward to pray up front with Pastor Tim and are dismissed to FusionKids led by Children’s Ministry staff.
  • 2:30pm Spanish Service:
    • All children remain with their parents during the singing.
    • At the announcements time children 4-14 will be dismissed to Sunday school led by Children’s Ministry staff. At the same time children 3 & under can be checked in to the nursery by their parents.

See our Children’s Ministry page for more information.

What do I wear?

There is no dress-code in our church. You will find everything from suits and dresses to jeans and t-shirts at all of our services. Business casual is most popular at 9am. Business casual is also most common at 2:30pm, but dresses, shirts and ties are regularly worn too. The 11:45am service is the most casual. But, whenever you come, please feel free to wear what is most comfortable for you to worship in.

At the holidays people dress up more and in the summer it becomes a little more casual.

If you come on Pentecost Sunday (May 31, 2020) you should know that most people will be wearing red to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church.

How long is the worship service?

The 9am Traditional Service is about 90 minutes long.

The 11:45am Fusion Contemporary Service is about 90 minutes long as well.

The 2:30pm Spanish Service is about 2 hours.

Am I expected to give money during the offering?

No. The offering is our opportunity to worship God with our physical resources. You are welcome to give whatever God puts in your heart to give, but please do not feel compelled to give. We don’t feel pressured to give, so neither should you. It’s God’s money. God doesn’t need our cash, but is worthy of all our worship & honor. During the offering we want you to simply enjoy the music and presence of God. You can also fill out the connection card and/or prayer request card and put that in the offering plate.

Can I take communion?

Yes. If you have been baptized into a Christian church and if Jesus is your Lord and savior you are welcome to take part in the Lord’s Supper with us. You don't have to be a covenant partner to take communion.

How do I get involved?

Come have lunch with us at Fellowship Time at 11am on Sundays, have dinner with us at 3:30pm on Sundays and/or join us for First Wednesday Worship and Fellowship from 6-8:30 pm on the first Wednesday night of the month.

We also encourage you to fill out a connection card so we can connect with you. You can tell us what interests you and/or let us know how we can serve you. You can also contact the church office at 732-968-3844 or office@dunellenpres.org

What is a covenant partner and how do I become one?

A covenant partner is our term for member. We call it covenant partner because being part of Christ’s church is so much more than joining a club. We are more than members, we commit ourselves by covenant promises to follow Jesus together. We are partners with the Lord in His church on His mission in the world and we partner with one another to encourage, support, teach, care for and redirect each other for good according to God’s word.

To become a covenant partner we invite you to take our covenant partnership class with one of our pastors. Come check it out and then you’ll be better able to discern if being a covenant partner here is for you. If you have any questions about following Jesus or becoming a Covenant Partner please contact the church office.

What is ECO?

ECO is the Presbyterian denomination that our church has been a member of since 2012. The full name of ECO is Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The mission of ECO “is building flourishing churches that make disciples of Christ.” We love ECO and encourage you to find out more at the ECO website.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

2 Corinthians 5:17