We know that going to a new place can sometimes be intimidating. How will I know where to park? Is there something for my kids? Where are the restrooms? What should I wear? We’ve asked those questions too. Please know we will make every effort to make sure your first experience is worry free. We look forward to worshipping with you, getting to know you better, and providing you the opportunity to grow in your faith and walk with Jesus Christ.
We would be thrilled for you to visit us at Our Savior. We are known for our hospitality, great worship and music, mission-minded outlook and youth and children’s programs. We would be honored by your presence. We refer to people who visit us as guests because “guest” means we expect you and we want you to be here. There are many ways we open our doors to guests. Worship is always a place where people not only see us, but see God as well, for His Holy Spirit is very active in our midst.
At every Sunday worship service you will have the opportunity to sing, pray, hear Biblical teaching and preaching and share in the Lord’s Supper with us. Occasionally, there may be Baptisms during the service, or faith stories from individuals or missionaries. Each service is approximately 70 minutes in length. We have greeters and assistants at each worship service who are there to serve and assist you. If you have a question or need assistance, please ask!
Where is Our Savior located?
Our Savior is located on MD Route 197 across from the Super Best grocery store and adjacent to the South Laurel Park and Ride. Our physical address is: 13611 Laurel-Bowie Rd, Laurel, MD 20708 We are approximately 25 miles north of downtown Washington DC and 20 miles south of downtown Baltimore. Click here for more directions.
Where should I park?
We have several options for parking. If you are coming south on MD 197 you can turn left on to Briarcroft Rd just before the church and the first intersection after the traffic light at Briarwood Dr. You can then turn right into the front parking lot. There are visitor spaces on the left front. Or, you can continue to the back parking lot where there are additional visitor spaces by the playgrounds. If you are coming north on MD 197 you turn right into our front parking lot just after the traffic signal for Snowhill Estates Lane. Turn left at the circle and visitor parking is on the right. Additional parking is available in the back lot off of Briarcroft Lane. Should overflow parking be needed, we have access to the Park and Ride lot adjacent to the church campus.
Where do I enter and how do I get to my worship service?
There are two main access points for Sunday morning worship. If you would like to drop someone off, please pull into the circle in the front lot. The main doors from either the front or back parking lots will bring you to the “WAY,” a hallway which connects our worship and fellowship spaces and our Open Arms Child Development Center and Children’s Ministry spaces. Once you enter through those main doors, turn right (from the front doors) or left (from the back doors). You will see our welcome, information and ministry centers on your left. Continue down the hallway through the glass doors into our Worship Center lobby. To the right of the lobby is our Worship Center or Sanctuary. An usher will provide you a worship folder as you enter. To the far left and last set of doors off the lobby is access to our Nursery, staffed for children age 6 months-4 years. Our Fellowship Hall is through the other double doors where coffee, tea, and bagels are available as well as restrooms. An adult Bible class also meets there. Just ask one of our greeters, ushers or ministry center volunteers to help you find your way.
What time are worship services on Sunday?
We offer two different worship styles at three times on Sunday mornings.
8:15am – Traditional liturgical worship
9:30am – Contemporary worship (less formal with Praise Team including guitars, drums, and vocalists)
11:00am – Traditional liturgical or blended (some traditional and some contemporary music) worship.
What about Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is offered at each worship service. Lutherans believe that in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the Body of Jesus Christ is received with the Bread and the Blood of Jesus Christ is received with the Wine, for the forgiveness of sins and strengthening of faith. Baptized Christians who confess their sins to God, desire to live a new life in Jesus Christ, and affirm this statement of faith, may celebrate this Sacrament. If this is not your confession, we invite you to come forward, to receive a blessing; please so indicate from crossing your hands and bowing your head.
Communicants will be led to the altar via the center aisle and may return via the side aisles. Wine may be received either from one of the common cups or by Intinction (touching the wafer lightly to wine in a separate chalice held by the communion assistant). Gluten-free wafers are available for those who are sensitive to wheat and gluten. Let the pastors know when you come forward to receive communion. Non-Alcoholic grape juice is available for those sensitive to alcohol.
What are the worship services like?
Our Traditional services (8:15 and 11:00am) include a relevant teaching message that is Christ Centered and Bible based. These services also include hymn singing led by organ or piano and choirs. Bell choir, children’s choir, youth choir, small vocal ensembles, brass quintet, orchestra and solo instrumentalists are featured throughout the year. The adult choir offers a special anthem each week. Additional elements of this service include confession and absolution, scripture readings, gospel readings, communion as well as prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
Our “Contemporary” service (9:30am), is led by the Our Savior Praise Team. They lead the congregation in more contemporary Christian music with guitars, drums, electric violin and vocalists. Each week we hear from God’s Word in the message and learn how it pertains to us in our 21st century lives.
Are my kids welcome to worship with me?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it! We believe that parents are the primary “faith-formers” in a child’s life and worship is a great way to show your kids that worship and the study of God’s Word is important to you. We believe it is best that families worship together and spend time throughout the week discussing the message and worship service with your child(ren). During the 8:15 and 11:00 worship services we have special children’s sermons, object lessons that are appropriate for younger children. Children may come forward when the Pastor invites them. Parents may join our littlest ones to help them listen.
What if I need child-care for my child(ren)?
Should child-care be desired and/or needed, our nursery is staffed all Sunday morning for children aged 6 months to 4 years. When your children arrive, check them in providing name and other information. Vibrating pagers are available as needed to contact you.
Do you offer something for my elementary school-aged kids?
Yes! It’s called Sunday School. For children ages 4 through 5th grade, we offer a Christ-centered environment based around a small group/large group system. Sunday School is located in the Open Arms Child Development Center Wing. A registration table with more information is located at the entrance to the Education Wing. For more information about our Children’s Ministries click here.
What about youth? Is there something for my middle school and high school child?
Absolutely! We love middle school and high school students and have staffed each of these vital ministry areas with some great folks. But rather than list all the opportunities for worship, fellowship, and community, click here for an overview of the entire program.
Are there Adult Bible Studies?
Yes! We have Adult Bible Studies each Sunday and throughout the week! A complete list of our Bible Studies can be found if you click here.
What about “small groups?”
Since Our Savior is a larger congregation, we must remain intentional and purposeful in our care for one another. We call them, H.O.M.E (Homes Open for Ministry and Encouragement) groups and they exist to help create a stronger, more personal community for people to grow close to Christ and His church. The premier environment for such growth can be found where people gather in home-based bible or book studies that offer care, prayer, outreach, study, service & fellowship. The dynamics of a small group, usually composed of between 8 and 16 members, encourage people to be connected and known within the church body. Groups can be organized geographically or demographically. Some groups have existed for a long time, others are formed seasonally and run from the fall to spring, take a break for the summer and reform in the fall again.
How do people “dress up” for Church at Our Savior?
We believe that God is more interested in your heart than what kind of clothes you wear. At Our Savior, you’ll see a wide variety of clothing. Some people choose to “dress-up,” some wear business casual, while others may dress more casually. Please know, however, that we are more concerned that you are joining with us in worship, rather than your style of dress. Choose some comfortable clothes and come join us in worship!
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
The offering is for those who are part of the Our Savior family. Instead of wanting you to give something, we want you to get something from your time at worship and relationship with Jesus. We teach “grace-giving.” It is the understanding that we give our time and financial resources to the Lord as a response to His grace in our lives. We don’t believe in “guilting” people to give or serve, but direct God’s people to what the Bible says about first-fruits giving.
I have a lot of questions! Where can I get answers?
There are many ways to get connected to the people of Our Savior. An easy first step is to visit our Ministry Center or connect with us on Facebook. Click here to see our Facebook page, where you can “like” us and learn more about who we are and what we’re all about. Several times throughout the year, we offer a new member class called, “Life with God.” This class is facilitated by our Director of Outreach and will cover the “essentials” of the Christian faith and what we as Lutheran Christians believe, teach and confess. This class is designed to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, meet some new people, and learn more about the mission and ministry of Our Savior. This is a great opportunity to ask your questions about the the Christian faith.
If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tina McGuffey, Director of Christian Outreach, at 301-776-7670 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org