If you've never visited our church, here are a few first impressions you can plan for.
1. Your church doesn't look like an A-typical church. Why?
Our building was built during the 1940s, when the supplies necessary to build an A-typical church were being used to further the war effort. As a result we got the city’s authorization to build a limestone theater. The theater was later used primarily for worship and it subsequently became Sligo Seventh-day Adventist church.
2. Once I'm inside, I feel like I could get lost with all the hallways and rooms!
While we hope you plan to stay long enough to find your way around blindfolded, we understand a newcomers first impression. The original building contained what you see as the front and sanctuary with a basement and upper balcony area. From the air it looks like a wedge of cheese with round corners. Later on the Atrium wing was added to give room for classrooms, fellowship areas and what is now much of our Youth and Choir rooms in the basement. For now, feel free to explore, and look for one of our fine deacons or greeters and have them point you in the right direction.
3. This place is much bigger on the inside than on the outside...and its really big outside.
We take pride in our church and what it has been able to do as a tool for spreading the Gospel of Jesus over the years. We currently have 3000 members and see approximately 1500 people each Sabbath in one way or another. We have many ministries as part of our church and each of them is looking for great people to add to their ranks. Please feel free to take a look at our list of ministries and hopefully you can find a place where you will thrive and be blessed.
4. This is a very diverse church.
We definitely take a lot of pride in the range of cultures that come together in our church family. We have over 70 different nationalities and races that choose to worship and fellowship together on a regular basis. If you get a chance to be a part of our international potluck in August you will have a chance to taste food from all over the world. ***We do not condone gluttony, but understand.***
5. You have how many pastors?
Sligo Church has 7 pastors. With a church this large the need for a staff of pastors to care for different areas of the ministry is important. We want our church to grow and thrive, therefore many of the aspects of leading a church need to be given to pastors who thrive in their area of ministry. For instance, our Children's Ministry pastor oversees Children's Sabbath School, VBS, Adventurers, Pathfinders, Children's Church, Children's Story, Family ministries such as Women's and Men's Ministries and many other areas that take up every second that he isn't with his wonderful family. Each pastor has a similar workload but with specialties. We have a Worship Pastor, a Congregational/Discipleship Pastor, a Children's and Family Ministry Pastor, a Youth and Young Adult Pastor, A Media and Outreach Pastor, an Administrative Pastor and last but definitely not least our Beloved Senior Pastor. Our pastors work as a team to help the church grow and flourish as a ministry of Jesus Christ.
6. You go to church on Saturday and not Sunday like most other protestant churches.
Yes, we're glad you noticed. We are Seventh-day Adventists. As our name suggests, we believe that the seventh-day of the week is a day to rest from our work and secular things in order to spend a bit of our week specifically spending time with our heavenly father and with others who believe as we do. It's kind of a re-charge to our lives so that we can continue to be his light when we go to work or school or wherever we hang out during the week. We follow the Bible and we find that in God's Law, he asked us to "Remember the Sabbath day" and we also follow Christ's example as he rested and ministered to his community as he lived here on earth. You'll find that many of us see Sabbath as a wonderful gift and a great way to live a fulfilling life without being completely burnt out. Scientist have shown that many Seventh-day Adventists who rest each week and adhere to a healthy lifestyle can add more than 7 years to their life, and that not just length, but quality. Not too shabby!