Sunday mornings

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience. We hope this information helps you plan your visit and answers any questions you may have.

Our hope is that you will feel welcomed and comfortable when you check us out.

Location and Parking

We gather at 10 am on Sunday mornings downtown near the capitol building at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Downtown street parking is free on Sundays. If you would prefer covered parking, paid hourly parking is available in the hotel's underground garage off of Dayton Street or in the State Street Parking Garage directly across the street.  Parents with children may pickup a free parking voucher for the hotel's underground garage when checking in your children.

As you enter the front doors of the hotel into the lobby, you will see our signs and greeters at the base of the staircase that leads to the second floor ballroom where we meet. If you are entering from the underground parking garage, you may take the elevator directly to the second floor.

Before the Service

We offer free regular coffee and hot teas, along with an assortment of pastries and granola bars. If you would like a specialty drink, Starbucks is available to purchase adjacent to the hotel lobby. You are welcome to bring food and drinks into the auditorium.

Parents may check their children into the Kids Program starting at 9:30 am. If you are visiting for the first time, one of our Kids workers will assist you in registering your child and explain what to expect.

During the Service

WELCOME

Our service will begin promptly at 10 am. One of the pastors will welcome everyone to start things off.

WORSHIP

We begin by singing 3-4 songs to God. The music is current, ranging from modern hymns to contemporary worship songs.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

One of our leaders will close our time in worship with prayer and then give any announcements and updates about what's happening at Isaiah.

TEACHING

A pastor will teach from the Bible for 35-45 minutes. We aim to teach the Bible in a way that is clear and understandable to all, regardless of church experience.

PRAYER

After teaching, we finish by singing one more song.  We also use this time to pray for each other. The pastor will invite any who would like to receive prayer to come forward and a trusted member of our prayer team will respectfully lay a hand on their shoulder and pray for them.

FAQs

There is no need to dress up. Most people dress casually, so feel free to wear your normal weekend clothes.

Great! We are a church for the unchurched and hope you can be a part of our community as your explore faith.

Absolutely not. Our greeters will welcome you and a few people will probably introduce themselves to say hello, but you will not be singled out or put on the spot.

We use the English Standard Version (ESV). It is a literal translation that is also readable in the modern language. You can find this version in our app.

We believe that the focus of worship is God, not us, and aim for a non-hyped, heartfelt response to Him. We try to create a worship environment that allows for genuine expression without being distracting. Sometimes people will lift their hands, bow, or clap in response to God.

A typical service usually lasts around an hour and fifteen minutes.