Frequently Asked Questions
Will I understand the message, even if I don't know much about the Bible? Our messages are prepared to connect with people's lives by using the ageless wisdom of Scripture and presenting it in a creative, yet straight-forward way using video and illustration. The services are designed to be easily understood by individuals checking out what it really means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (But here's a secret: Even long-time Christians find these services invaluable to their spiritual and personal growth.
What if I come from a different faith background? Oasis Church is an inter-denominational church and everyone who attends Oasis come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds - Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc. Together, we focus on biblical truth and teachings, and pursuing an active relationship with Jesus Christ. You don't have to be a member of a specific religious denomination to do that.
Do I have to dress up? At Oasis you'll see lots of people in jeans and khakis and not so many in suits and dresses (but there are some). You're welcome to dress casually, and come as you are.
Where are the hymnals? Here you'll encounter a large variety of worship music styles each week that you can relate to and reflects current culture. The worship team and band lead attenders in upbeat songs of celebration as well as intimate worship expressions to God. Song lyrics are projected on the screen so you can follow along and engage in worship.
How do people at Oasis express worship? "Worship" involves communicating with God from our hearts. We believe in a variety of different expressions in worshiping God. On the platform, you might see worship leaders clapping or raising their hands while they sing and the musicians playing various instruments. As an Oasis attender, you are welcome to worship God in a way you feel expresses your heart toward him. For some, that's quietly reflecting on the words, for others, that's clapping and singing out loud.
Movie clips, drama, and videos in church? Often it's helpful during a message to illustrate real life situations through a movie clip, a short dramatic sketch, or a music video. Sometimes these outlets may not be from "Christian" resources per se, but we find secular pieces can also hold great truths about the human condition. We screen the words and subject content closely for use in the worship experience.
Is there something for the kids? Oasis has a wonderful program for kids, birth through 5th grade. While parents are peacefully enjoying the service Experience, kids can have fun and learn about God at their level.
Is there something for teenagers? The junior and senior high student ministry of Oasis is called, FORWARD. They meet every Wednesday night in Higher Grounds Cafe at 6:30.
Are you going to hit me up for money? If you are new to Oasis, please don't feel obligated to give. People will never be pressured to give money here, but regular attenders at Oasis who give, as an act of worship to God, support the many ministries of Oasis Church as well as our numerous outreaches.
What if I'm not even sure I believe in God? If you haven't made a decision to accept Christ, but would like to know more about Him, you're a seeker. That's a good thing. That means you're asking questions about spiritual things and how they might relate to your life. You are welcome to explore answers to your questions here.
How do I get involved? Attending weekend services is a good start, but we hope you'll move beyond being just part of the weekend crowd. You can further your faith, meet people, and learn more about life as a Christ-follower by joining a group or class and serving in an area you're interested and gifted in. A great introduction is the Growth Track. We invite you to attend the next meeting that occurs on Sunday nights at 5:00 in Higher Grounds Cafe.
Where can I learn more about Oasis Church? Be sure to visit The Hub in the foyer and talk to one of a variety of people on deck who can answer your questions or connect you with someone who can. Visit the rest of our website for even more information or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OasisChurchGulfCoast. You can also attend the next Discover Events. Discover Events is held on the 2nd and 3rd sunday of every month.
OTHER QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED...
If I have an emergency, whom do I contact?
* calling (228) 762-5639
* press Extension 114
* leave a message
OR Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* a member of the pastoral staff will be paged in order to respond to any emergency situation.
What are the church office hours?Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM till 3:00 PM. The office is closed from 12:00 - 12:30 each day for lunch. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.Do I need an appointment to see the staff? Or is just dropping by OK?An appointment is required to see a staff member. However, many questions can be answered by surfing our web-site or through e-mail. Feel free to call the church office and speak with our receptionist or church secretary by calling (228) 762-5639.Do you have to be a member to participate in church programs?No. We encourage everyone to participate in all of our church programs.How do I become a member / partner of Oasis?People who attend regularly and tithe faithfully are classified as a member of Oasis after completing Growth Track. This is taught twice a month on the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month, on Sunday evenings at 6:00 in Higher Grounds Cafe.How do I make an appointment or communicate with the church staff or pastor?You can contact our office at (228) 762-5639 or fill out a "connection card" that you will find each week in your bulletin. Someone will get back with you during business hours to answer request or assist you.
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