What To Expect
10:30 A.M. - Worship Gathering
(Come early and enjoy coffee and fellowship at 10 a.m.)
10:30 A.M. - StoryTime
(Children ages 3-8)
What to expect
Churches have changed considerably over the past few decades, especially in culture-driven Southern California. Traditional adornments such as steeples, stained glass, pews, and—in some instances—even crosses, are long gone. In their place some congregations have installed lots of bells and whistles such as mammoth HD screens, synchronized lighting, stadium seats and concert-quality sound systems.
At Narratives Church you will find us somewhere in between. Our focus is on simplicity as we strive to keep our focus on people, both those inside and outside our walls. We see our building as a functional staging point for transforming lives within our community and our neighbors out in the community.
Our padded chairs are comfortable, but not so comfortable that we never want to leave because our vision is not to stay too long. Our people love to come together to celebrate the common thread of our lives: living and loving Jesus, each other and those in need. But our bigger calling is to put that love into practice. We call it Live. Love. Share.
Where are you located?
We are in a commercial storefront church located across the street from the North entrance of Parkway Plaza. The address is 450 Fletcher Parkway (at Pioneer), Suite 224. You will find Narratives Church on the second floor at the east end of the building, near Home Depot. Stair access is available at the center front, with an elevator located directly behind the stairs. Free parking is plentiful.
When are your services?
Services start at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Pre-service prayer starts at 9:30 a.m.
Is there something to do if I arrive early?
We offer a coffee cart, sometimes with a complimentary snack or pastry, beginning at 10 a.m. every Sunday in our atrium. It’s a great way to ease into the morning and a casual environment to visit.
How will I know where to go?
Each Sunday we have a greeting team to help direct you and answer questions. They can also provide you with guest cards, which provide us with information to help us get to know you better. After the service, the greeters will also have a small welcome gift for you.
How should I dress?
Dress for our services is generally casual, though some of our members like to gussy up. That’s the beauty of Narratives Church we come from all walks of life and we’ve created an environment where people are safe to be themselves.
Will I be asked to give money?
We consider the act of giving as just one of the ways in which we worship the Lord, so we include a time of offering at each service. Our members and regular attenders are encouraged to support the mission and vision of Narratives Church by following the biblical standard of tithing and embracing the sacrificial practice of offering. With that said, though, we invite our guests to enjoy the worship service without any obligation to give.
What is the preaching style?
Pastor Mark uses a conversational teaching style, with an emphasis on guiding each of us to develop our own narrative. Since our leadership style is collaborative, Pastor Mark often shares the pulpit with our preaching team and guest speakers. Sermons range from expository to topic-driven. Because Narratives Church takes a high-view of Scripture, God’s Word takes center stage.
What kind of music is played?
Our worship team, which sets the table for our weekly gathering, offers a range of contemporary music from soft ballads to celebratory songs, often interspersed with favorite hymns.
What is available for children?
A worker with a heart for small children (2 and under) is available for every Sunday service. Located at the back of our worship center, the Nursery Rhyme room has a large window and speakers to allow moms to monitor the service in privacy while tending to their infants. For added convenience, the room also contains gliders.
For children 3 to 9, our StoryTime program includes a Bible-based lesson, crafts, songs and other lesson methods. In keeping with our heart of building a multi-generational community where kids and adults learn from each other, children over the age of 8 participate in the regular worship services.
Do you offer communion?
Communion is observed the first Sunday of every month. We practice open communion, which means you do not need to be a member to partake in the sacrament. We only ask that you have made a personal commitment to follow Christ before participating.