WHat to Expect

Visiting a new church can be a little uncomfortable as you figure out where to go and how to plug in. We hope to make this as easy for you as possible!

Everything that happens at Third’s worship services is guided by our Worship Values, but here are a few frequently asked questions. 

Where should I park?
Parking is available at multiple lots around the church building. Guest parking spots are available in two lots next to the church building— one (Lot A) is accessed from Forest Avenue, the other (Lot B) is behind the church and accessed from Silverspring Avenue.

A third large lot is across Silverspring Avenue and can be accessed from Forest Avenue. We can also park at Third’s office building (500 Forest Avenue) and in any of the lots around Tuckahoe Elementary.

Where should a visitor go, once I’ve parked?
If you’re heading straight to a service, make your way to the sanctuary! We have ushers ready to greet you near all the entrances to the sanctuary. They can assist you in finding anything else you may need, including a seat in the sanctuary!

If you want to drop your children first though, we recommend parking in Lot B (see below) and entering through the door by the playground where there will be more greeters to assist you and you’ll be closer to their nursery and Sunday school rooms.

What should I wear to Sunday services?
Dress in whatever is most comfortable to you. While some will be in coat-and-tie or dresses, others will be dressed in jeans or something more casual. 

When does Communion happen?
We celebrate Communion together as a congregation on the first Sunday of the month. All who acknowledge their need for the grace of Christ are welcome to participate.

How will I fit in at Third?
We are a multi-generational church desiring to create a hospitable place of belonging for every type of person. We hope that this is a place-- regardless of your economic status, race, marital status-- that you can encounter God, build community, and take part in God's great work of renewing all things. 

What are your services like?
Our worship services bring together music and liturgical resources from our Reformed heritage as well as contemporary worship practices. Musically, you can expect a combination of praise songs and hymns, led by instruments ranging from guitar to organ to mandolin to cello to accordion.

Where do I go with my kids?
It depends! We have nursery care for kids kindergarten and younger during every service. Then, during the school year, we have Sunday school for all kids (through high school!) at 10:00 a.m. For the full list of room locations and more details, check out our Sunday Morning Family Ministry page.

Also, please know that we always encourage families to bring their children into worship so they can learn about worship by participating in it. If your child needs some space, there's a Wiggle Room where the services are streamed live.