Many people in our community view Easter Sunday as a religious holiday and want to attend church services that day. Well, we agree; Easter is full of meaning, great news about a great Savior, and is appropriately celebrated in a church. Even if you've never attended Hopevale before, we invite you to join with us on this special day. In case you're a little nervous about trying something new and joining our Easter services, we've tried to put ourselves in your shoes and asked some basic questions:
What times are your services on Easter Sunday?
Saginaw Campus: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
Bay City Campus: 10:30am
Where are you located?
How long is the service?
Can I bring friends?
What should I wear?
We don't have a dress code; we want you to be comfortable. Want to break out your Easter finest and put your kids in spring dress up clothes for your family's Easter egg hunt? Have at it! Want to wear jeans and just feel down home comfortable? That's fine too. You'll see a wide variety of clothing choices at Hopevale; we try not to focus on that. Trust us, you'll be fine.
Do I need to do anything different if this is my first time at Hopevale?
No, just come on along. We won't make you sign in, sign up or wear a big, bright nametag. We'll let you fit right in and make yourself at home.
What can I expect to happen during the service?
It will be a celebration!! We'll sing some songs together; join in if you're comfortable. We'll hear an easy to understand message about Easter based on the Bible that lasts about 30 minutes. We'll close with another song. The order of service is really easy to follow and we promise we won't expect you to know when to stand, sit or sing!
Do I have to give money?
No. Our ushers will take up an offering during the service, but that is not a request for money. Our regular attenders participate in that part of our service, and see this act of giving back to God as worship. Please don't feel any pressure at all to participate (no one's taking notes, promise!)
What do I do with my kids during the service?
Bring your elementary-aged kids to help us celebrate in the auditorium on Easter - we will have an Easter bag of goodies for them, available on a first come first served basis! Our Children's Ministry programming for that age group will not be meeting that day so that families can be together. We will offer programming for Birth - Pre-Kindergarten in Saginaw and Birth - Kindergarten in Bay City during all services so that our littlest ones can have a comfortable place to be. If you choose to put your child(ren) in Children's Ministry please make plans to come a few minutes early in order to have enough time to register them and get them settled. (Don't know where it is? Ask any greeter as you come in the main doors; they'll point you in the right direction!)
What if I have questions while I'm there?
Stop by our Welcome Center in the middle of the lobby at either campus. Our volunteers are ready to help. They can give you some information that tells you more about Hopevale, answer specific questions, or point you to the nearest bathroom if that's what you need! Rumor has it that they'll have some yummy Easter candy to share as well! Bonus!
What if the services are full? Will there be room for me?
We're making room for you!
In Saginaw our ushers will seat everyone beginning 20 minutes before service times. By seating every seat we can take full advantage or our 1,000-seat auditorium. Because we expect to be near capacity on Easter we'll be ready with additional seating in another venue that we'll open if the auditorium is full.
Can I come to your church on Easter even if I don't plan on coming regularly after that?
Absolutely. No strings attached.
Is there a service interpreted for the deaf?
At our Saginaw campus our 9:30am service will be interpreted for the deaf.
What religion is Hopevale?
Hopevale is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian church with teachings that come directly from the Bible. The people that call Hopevale their church home represent a wide variety of church backgrounds. Our three essentials are: the Bible is the Word of God, Jesus is the Son of God, and His Gospel is the only way to God. Please check out What We Believe (under About) on this site for a more in-depth description of our beliefs.
Do you have a service on Good Friday?
We have a Good Friday Reflection in the Hub at Hopevale Saginaw from 12pm-3pm and at the Bay City Ministry Center from 12pm-2pm & 5pm-7pm. We also have special communion services on Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. These services are held at our Saginaw Campus and everyone is invited. We will remember the final hours of Jesus' life and His death on the cross. (Childcare for Birth - Pre-Kindergarten is available at the 6:00 pm service.)
What do I do if I come to Hopevale on Easter and want to come back on a 'regular Sunday'?
Come on! You're welcome any time. In Saginaw our regular Sunday services are at 9:30am and 11:15am each week. In Bay City our service is at 10:30 am. Full Children's Ministry programming (Birth - 5th grade) is offered at all services on both campuses.
You know, it's pretty easy. People that try out Hopevale often comment how wonderful their experience was. There are coffee and donuts in the lobby, friendly people all around and a life-giving message of hope communicated through song and Scripture. We don't see each other as visitors or members, insiders or outsiders; we're all there for the same reason, to grow closer to God. We value every person's story and respect where they are in their faith. We believe that God can meet us in many ways, and one of those is at Hopevale. We wholeheartedly invite you to join with us.
If you have any questions about our Easter services or Hopevale, please call our church office at 989.793.3122 during office hours.