And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:18-20

 
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Services

The Morton Apostolic Christian Church welcomes anyone who would like to attend one of our church services. Whether you are looking for a Bible-believing church, traveling through our area and are looking for a place to worship while you are here, or are just curious and would like to visit, you are welcome!

Order of Events for Sunday Services

9:30 a.m.
Children gather for Sunday School. Sunday School is for ages 3 through high school.

9:40 a.m.
Singing in the main church sanctuary prior to the service.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Morning worship service

11 a.m.
Fellowship Hour and Lunch: Following morning worship service, everyone is invited to lunch and an hour of fellowship. Those sitting in the main sanctuary will be ushered into the dining room. This is an opportunity to meet people, fellowship, and enjoy a meal together.

12:00 p.m.
Singing begins in the main church sanctuary prior to the afternoon service. Everyone is encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon services. The second service is another hour of worship similar to the first service, with different scriptures selected and is an opportunity for our children to attend since they were in Sunday School in the morning.

12:15 p.m.
Afternoon worship service begins

1:15 p.m.
Afternoon worship service ends

Wednesday Evening Church Services

7:00 p.m.
Singing in the main church sanctuary.

7:15 p.m.
Midweek services are conducted similar to the Sunday services.

How Services are Conducted

Sermons are rotated among the eight ministers from our Morton Apostolic Christian Church congregation. At times, ministers from other Apostolic Christian churches will visit and conduct a service.

Ministers do not ordinarily select scriptural texts or prepare sermon outlines before the worship service. Instead, ministers pray and meditate on the Word during the week. Other than for special occasions, they open the Scriptures as they stand before the congregation and use these texts for their message, recognizing that God knows the needs of the congregation. The minister thus depends on the Holy Spirit for inspiration, praying to be used as an instrument for the benefit and edification of the worshippers.

The Bible is read from the Old and New Testaments and is followed by preaching and exhortations from those scriptures. The Authorized King James Version of the Bible is used. Hymns are sung from the Zion’s Harp hymnal during the church service. When prayers are offered during the services, the entire congregation is invited to kneel, if able.

Traditions and Customs

The Apostolic Christian Church practices a number of traditions and customs that you may notice during your visit.

You will see that women who are members of the Apostolic Christian Church wear a head covering/veil. This practice follows the biblical instruction found in 1 Corinthians 11:5. Men do not wear a head covering/veil (1 Corinthians 11:4).

You will also notice the members of the church greeting each other with a kiss of charity (love). This practice follows the biblical instruction found in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, and 1 Peter 5:14. The men, called Brothers, greet the brothers while the women, called Sisters, greet the sisters. Note that only those who are members of an Apostolic Christian Church greet each other in this way.

Men and women generally sit separately during regular worship services with men on one side of the sanctuary and women on the other. During special occasions such as weddings and funerals, men and women or families more often sit together. Separate seating during worship helps widows, widowers, and single members feel more comfortable by sitting with believers of their own gender.

Singing is done in an "a cappella" fashion with all parishioners participating in the singing.

After the closing prayer, a minister will go to the pulpit and ask if anyone has “Greetings.” You will observe Brothers who will stand and give “Greetings from ________” and mention the name of a town or city. These towns/cities are places where other Apostolic Christian Churches are located. This tradition reminds us of the common bond that we have with others who attend Apostolic Christian Churches across the country and around the globe. The minister will repeat the names of the towns so that all can hear them. He will then ask visitors to take the Christian greetings of the Morton Apostolic Christian Church back to their local congregations.

Note: Anyone in the congregation who prays after a service or “gives greetings” will be either a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Morton or a member of another Apostolic Christian Church.

Baby Room

A baby room with bathrooms, changing stations, nursing rooms, and sleeping rooms is available for those with infants and young children. It is located across from the lunch room. In our staffed nursery, we are glad to help parents who need assistance with small children during the services.