What can I expect when I arrive at a Genesis service on Sunday?
The Sunday service is casual. People typically begin to arrive about 10 min before the service starts. There is always complimentary fresh coffee available in the lobby from about 9:45 am to 10:30 am.
Excellent childcare is provided for the children from Birth to 5th grade. Kids from Birth to 1st grade can be checked into the “Garden” before the service begins. Each family receives a pager so parents can quickly and discretely be reached while in the sanctuary. Elementary kids are released from the sanctuary to their classroom teachers during the morning’s announcements. (Parents are also welcome to keep their kids with them for the entire service)
Where should I park?
The church has parking lots behind and north of the church building. On Sundays we can park in the Borgo’s Dance Studio. Street parking is available on Main Street. There is also a large parking structure across Main Street where anyone can park for $2.
What is Genesis?
We are a community of followers of Jesus Christ, committed to discovering and pursuing God’s dreams for our lives. We believe that “in the beginning” God created all things and designed each of our lives with specific purpose and destiny. We believe that the ancient Scriptures teach us who God is, who we are, and what our lives can become when we follow Jesus.
What is Genesis about?
At Genesis, we want to be a gift, a source of life and blessing to our community and the world. We are people of creativity and compassion, speaking hope and life into the ashes and dust of despair. Come with us, as we venture together to discover who God is and what our lives are supposed to be about. Today is your day to start over, start fresh and allow God to start something new through you to impact this world for good.
Things You Will Not Experience
• We will not make you stand up and wave at the congregation
• You will not have to stand up and introduce yourself
• If it is your birthday we will not sing to you
• We will not sing to you because you are visiting
• We will not seek to embarrass you in any way
• There are not visitor name tags that announce your arrival
• We do not make you sign any covenant or statement of beliefs upon entrance
• We do not seek to brain wash you in anyway
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How do I know I can trust Genesis with my money?
We understand – sometimes, it feels like it’s hard to know if you can trust a church with your money. From the very beginning, Genesis has been fully committed to exercising full accountability, ethical business practices and wise stewardship with the resources we receive.
How does Genesis use the money it receives?
The money we receive from donations and offerings is used strictly to advance our mission in Royal Oak to help people experience God and follow Jesus is meaningful ways.
Should I give to Genesis?
Our financial support comes from people who tithe (give back to God at least 10% of their earnings) and from the offerings of attenders and supporters. If Genesis is important to your spiritual journey, we encourage you to take an active role in supporting the life of the church through regular giving.
How is the church kept accountable?
High standards for accounting are maintained by the Genesis board of directors, a staff accountant and volunteers who oversee the church’s finances. We publish an annual financial review to keep our community in the loop on current finances and progress toward long term goals.
What happens to any money that is left over at the end of the year?
As a church, Genesis is committed to living with open hands. We use our resources to invest in people and expand God’s Kingdom in Royal Oak and surrounding communities. We aim to be generous and share freely what God provides. We strive to approach spending conservatively and avoid debt where possible. At the end of each budget year, any funds that remain are carried forward and used for ministry expenses in the next year.