WHAT TO EXPECT
We want you to feel at home at Encounter. No matter your background or current situation, just know that this is a safe place. We're so glad to have you here!
Want to know what to expect? Scroll down to get an idea of what you'll experience when you arrive. If you're ready to visit our church, the best way to do that is to let us know you're coming so we can give you the VIP treatment.
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Our Sunday morning worship gathering is designed to be relaxed, comfortable, inspiring, and fun. We want Encounter Church to feel both fresh and familiar to you. Here is an idea of what you can expect:
Located between 6 Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Academy is easily accessible from both Penn Ave or Negley Ave. Once you arrive, you can park in the spacious parking lot. If you'd rather not drive, the 87S, 75, 89, 71A, 88, 71B, 71C, 77L, 82, 74, and 86 buses have stops nearby.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY
Neighborhood Academy is a wonderful faith-based school that seeks to break the cycle of generational poverty by preparing low-income youth for college and it also happens to be a great spot for Encounter Church. It’s warm and comfortable environment allows us to meet with God and learn from him.
At the front door, you’ll be greeted with a smile by one of our friendly Guest Services team members. Don’t buzz by them too fast because they would love to shake your hand and introduce themselves to you. Once inside, you’ll arrive at our EC Cafe and Connection Center. Feel free to grab a hot cup of coffee or tea and a doughnut to enjoy before our service begins. If you have any questions, look for individuals with name tags and check out our Connection Center for more information.
After checking in your kids or grabbing some coffee, feel free to find a seat wherever you’d like. If you would like assistance, there will be Service Hosts nearby to help you find the right one for you. You’ll notice an easy-going environment where people are casually dressed. If you arrive early, you’ll have no problem getting a seat of your choice. If you arrive a little late and the room looks full, don’t worry…we’ll help direct you to an open spot.
Encounter is blessed with talented musicians who love to worship Jesus and serve his church through modern music as well as fresh takes on classic hymns. Our style of music tends to gravitate to an acoustic coffee house vibe. More than the style of music, our worship is part of the way in which we prepare our hearts and minds to hear the word of God and respond to that word.
Teaching is the primary focus of our services and lasts around 30 minutes. Every week, you can expect a Bible-based message that will encourage, challenge, and empower you as you seek Jesus and grow throughout the week.
Once our gathering has ended please feel free to stay and mingle. We believe the church is a place to belong, and we would love to get to know you and your family. You’ll find plenty of friendly people who would love to chat. This is also a great time to visit the Connection Center to answer any questions you might have and to pick up your visitor gift.
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Let us know you're coming and we'll make sure to help you feel at home the second you walk in the door. When you walk in the door, to the left you'll see our Connection Center. Stop by and let us know you are here! We will be waiting for you and would love to show you around, tell you more about Encounter and check your kids into EC Kids!