Where do I park & How do I attend?

  • APLC is located at 7300 Sunset Lake Rd, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 [link to Google Map].
  • You will find ample parking in the back of the church. There are Visitor & Handicapped parking spots as well as many other spots that you can choose.
  • When you arrive, you can reach the front doors using either the steps or the wheelchair ramp. The building is fully handicap accessible.
  • The front doors lead direct into the Narthex, a casual gathering space with various spaces for hanging out before and after worship. The doors to the sanctuary will be directly in front of you at the opposite and of the Narthex.
  • Worship begins with Welcome and Announcements at 9:30 am. In a typical Sunday morning service, we participate by praying, singing, listening to the Bible, confessing our sins, receiving forgiveness, sharing God’s peace, giving an offering, and receiving Holy Communion.
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Who will I meet when I arrive?

  • When you walk in the front door you will be greeted by a volunteer who can answer any questions you might have and direct you where you want to go.
  • There is a guest book near the front door that you are welcome to sign if you choose, or fill out a Connect Card during worship, which can be found in the pocket of the chair in front of your seat in worship. Just drop the card in the offering plate to connect with the pastor, sign up for e-news, or request prayer.
  • As you proceed to the sanctuary entrance you will receive a bulletin of announcements, including, learning, worship and service opportunities.
  • As a visitor, we would love to give you a welcome gift that will share additional information about Abiding Presence Lutheran Church (APLC). Please indicate that you are a first time visitor to the pastor or another worship volunteer as you leave the sanctuary after worship.

What should I wear?

  • There is no dress code at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church (APLC). You can expect to see most congregants in casual to business casual attire [pictures]. From time to time you might see some in more formal in suits and some in less formal in shorts and flip-flops. All are welcome and please come in attire you find comfortable.

Where can I sit?

  • Please sit wherever you like. Ushers will be available if you need assistance. The sanctuary has flexible seating and we can easily accommodate whatever seating you require, including wheelchair space.

What is worship like?

  • Our church service combines both contemporary and traditional styles of worship in a single service at 9:30 am.
  • Our praise band is made up of talented volunteers who play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, various other instruments, and also talented singers. The Praise Band leads the congregation in worship songs…older ones such as “Sanctuary,” “Thy Word,” and “Shout to the Lord,” as well as newer ones that are currently on Christian radio stations.
  • We typically stand for prayers or singing, and sit for the announcements, children’s sermon and sermon.
  • The service will include opportunities to pray and to sing, to hear God’s word spoken and proclaimed, and to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

How do I follow along?

  • The words used in worship are displayed on either side of the altar using projectors.

How do my kids participate?

  • APLC offers activity bags filled with crayons and coloring books as children enter the sanctuary. There is also an area in the back of the church, a ‘prayer-ground’, with a children’s table and quiet toys that kids can play with.
  • Pastor Kim includes a Children’s Sermon every Sunday where the children are invited to join her at the front of the church as she explains that day’s gospel lesson in a child-friendly way.
  • After the Pastor’s children message, APLC offers Children’s Church for kids from Pre-K to 2nd grade.  Pre-K to 2nd-grade kids are invited to join our youth minister as he leaves for an age-appropriate lesson. Children will return for Holy Communion and the end of the service.
  • At the end of each service the children are invited forward to lead the dismissal for the congregation with the words, “Go in Peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!
  • Please visit the Children & Youth Faith Formation section of our website for additional information on opportunities for youth to grow in their faith.

Can I take Holy Communion?

  • Yes! All are welcome, including children, at communion. This is God’s table, not ours, and God welcomes all to receive this gift of love, grace, and life. If you do not wish to receive communion or your children are not yet ready to receive communion, everyone is still welcome to come forward for a blessing.
  • Ushers will guide congregants when it is time to come forward to receive the bread and red wine or white grape juice of Holy Communion.
  • We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday.

What if I’m gluten intolerant?

  • APLC offers a gluten free option from the center server, which you are welcome to take instead of the bread option.

What happens after church?

  • Immediately after worship, all are welcome to join us for some coffee, goodies and fellowship in the Narthex.
  • September -June, adults and children of all ages are invited to attend Sunday School. Please visit our Ministries page for additional information on the faith formation opportunities available.

How do I know what’s going on at APLC?

  • The start of each Sunday’s service begins with slides announcing upcoming activities. You can watch an example here on YouTube from the October 23rd service. Additionally, the Pastor, or another worship assistant, will speak to what is happening at APLC prior to beginning the service. Finally, you are welcome to sign up for our E-news which is a weekly email explaining what to expect in the weeks ahead. The E-news will also contain links to further information about what is happening and how to participate. You can sign up for the E-news in the Contact area of our webpage here https://www.doveandcross.org/contact/

What’s my next step?

  • Please join us for worship in person or online at 9:30 am. Check our our Facebook [link] and Youtube [link] pages. Contact the office if you would like to set up a meeting with the pastor or if you would like to have someone from the church reach out with additional information.

How do I sign up for the E-news?