Frequently Asked Questions:
It's quite normal to feel a little uncertain, or even apprehensive, about going somewhere new. If you're not yet familiar with Salt Lake City First Church of the Nazarene, (fondly known as "SLC First Naz") we hope you'll know that everyone is welcome here and there is a place for everyone in the SLC First Naz family. Some common questions are answered here which may help our guests to know what to expect. If you have more questions please feel free to contact us just call, click, or connect on a Sunday morning. We would love to welcome you!
Q. What is the denomination of SLC First Naz?
A. Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
Q. What does Nazarene Mean?
A. Jesus was from Nazareth, so he was called a Nazarene. This name reflects our understanding that Jesus was God in the flesh. To learn more about how the Church of the Nazarene came into existence, check out the Historical Statement in the Nazarene Manual.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Beyond ordinary decency, particular clothing is not emphasized at SLC First Naz. Variety in dress is common here, ranging from casual jeans or shorts to more traditional "Sunday best" attire. What's more important than what we wear is whether we come ready to meet with God. Know that you are welcome to come as you are!
Q. What happens on a typical Sunday
A. Each Sunday morning we gather to acknowledge and respond to God. Elements of a worship service include Morning Mingle time to connect with each other, Elevate hearts and minds lifted up to God through singing, prayer, life lessons and an offering. The sacraments of Communion (Lord's Supper) and baptism are also celebrated during worship services, though not every week. *click our Staying Connected page or Naz EZ-News for updates, worship notes and current event details.
Q. What is an Offering or Tithe?
A. Tithe or ten percent of ones income, giving back to the Lord. Through continued faithfullness of the church body we are able to support our local church, the pastor's needs, and the overall mission of the church.
Q. What is Communion?
A. Communion ("The Lord's Supper") is one of two sacraments in the Church of the Nazarene. It is done in remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion as the sacrifice which provides forgiveness for sin. The bread is a symbol of Jesus' body, and the juice of his blood, as described in the Bible (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, for example). It is not limited only to Nazarenes. Anyone who believes in God and has accepted Christ's forgiveness is welcome
to participate. If you are not yet ready to take this step, you may simply pass the elements to the next person.
Q. What is Sunday School?
A. "Sunday School" is the name of small groups of people that meet together on Sunday mornings to explore the Bible together. We are committed to intergenerational discipleship and what it means to have "Sticky Faith" this means having role models and mentors to discuss what they read there, ask questions, and develop deeper relationships with each other in the process. There are Sunday School classes for all ages, and all are welcome!
Q. What is available for children?
A. Sunday School and Small Group Community. We believe in "Sticky Faith" statistics bear out that young people who come to Christ and personally experience His salvation and are the mentored in their faith are more likely to remain committed Christ followers over a lifetime. Nursery care is available for children under 4 years of age.
Q. What does it mean to be baptized
A. Baptism is one of two sacraments in the Church of the Nazarene. It has been called "an outward expression of an inward work" because it is an important ritual signifying that someone has accepted Christ. People are not baptized into the Nazarene denomination, but into the Christian faith. We most often baptize by immersion; sprinkling and pouring are also options. For more information, feel free to contact one of the pastors.