Do you baptize both infants and adults?
Yes. We believe that children of Christian parents are included in God’s covenant plan of salvation. Therefore, infant baptism could more accurately be called the baptism of children of Christian parents. Baptism is a sign of God’s promise and a child baptized as an infant still needs to make a commitment at the point of belief. We also baptize believing adults who were not baptized as children.
How often do you celebrate the Lord’s Supper--also known as Communion or The Eucharist? How is it handled and who can participate?
Ordinarily we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the last Sunday of every month and on other occasions like Maundy Thursday in the worship time. Occasionally this schedule varies. Usually trays of bread and juice are passed down each aisle during a time of worship or meditation. Worshippers hold the elements in their hand until the pastor indicates, and all eat and drink together. Occasionally we move by rows to communion stations. All those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and have publicly professed their faith in a Christian church are invited to join us at the table of our Lord.
Is it okay if I bring my infant into the worship service?
We have wonderful nursery facilities with CPR trained coordinators and a great Children’s Worship ministry for 2 year-olds through 1st grade available during most morning worship services. However, we realize that often parents prefer to keep their infants with them until a certain age and we welcome their presence in the worship service. If you need to take your child out, you can watch the service from downstairs or grab a rocking chair or use the child activity table located just outside our worship center in the fellowship hall.
What happens to the money we give?
The first offering every Sunday morning is for the Kingdom work--both local and global--that God calls us to at Pleasant Street. This helps compensate our ministry staff, resources us for the many ministries we offer at Pleasant Street, and contributes to other ministries that our denomination is engaged in. Our members make prayerful pledges to support this ministry and they use their envelopes and that offering opportunity to fulfill their various pledges. On Communion Sunday’s there is a second offering for a designated ministry that we support. All contribution records at Pleasant Street are confidential. We invite but do not expect our guests to participate in the offerings.
Do you have ministries for people of all ages?
Yes! They are all listed here on our website, along with people you can contact by email about these ministries. You can also contact the church office, by clicking here or calling 508-234-5268.
What is your worship style?
At Pleasant Street, our worship style is blended. We use a praise band along with a variety of musical instruments, and we also sing familiar hymns when they enhance the worship theme of the morning. We seek to honor God by worshipping in spirit and in truth, using a variety of methods while presenting the Gospel.
How do you care for your members?
The primary care of our church members begins with Pleasant Street's Shepherding Team. Elders on this team are assigned to a designated neighborhood/geographical region. At Pleasant Street we have 5 of these areas(parishes). These are made up of some small groups and some additional members from the church who are not in small groups. An elder, along with a pastor and deacon, is notified when a need arises in a family within a parish to coordinate whatever care is appropriate.
What are the steps I should follow to become a member of Pleasant Street Church?
We offer a new members class two times a year--typically in the spring after Easter and in the fall before Thanksgiving. We strongly encourage all new members to attend that class to become familiar with Pleasant Street’s story, vision and ministries. Further membership steps are outlined at the class. For class information, contact the church office at 508-234-5268.
How can I become involved in ministry?
Whoever follows Jesus is called to serve and therefore we encourage all our members to be involved in some area of ministry. That area is determined by what you enjoy doing and are good at. Your spiritual gifts, passion, abilities, personality, and experiences have all shaped you and will help determine your place of ministry. In addition to that, look around and see what ministry interests you. The ministry staff would love to help you find your place in the church.