Q & A
Planning to visit?
If you plan to visit a service, send us a quick note by filling out this form. Someone will be happy to show you around and help you get comfortable!
What kind of church is Calvary Chapel?
At Calvary Chapel, we strive to communicate the truths of the Bible in a relevant, understandable way. Our services have a contemporary flavor and provide insights that you can use the rest of your week. We also feature an extensive network of small groups that meet in homes and in our facility. Individuals and couples find friendship, spiritual growth and fun through participation in these groups. We are an independent and self-governing church not subject to any association or denominational structure.
Will you ask me for money?
No. If you are our guest at Calvary Chapel, please don't feel any obligation to open your wallet. In fact we don't want anyone to give money (or do anything) out of guilt. On Saturday night we don’t even pass an offering basket. Instead there is a small box at the back of the auditorium. On Sundays we do pass an offering basket, but you should not feel any obligation to open your wallet. Those of us who have made this our church home,give back to God a portion of what he has generously given us, with grateful and joyous hearts.
Can I raise funds for my ministry or cause at your church?
As a church we receive weekly requests for support and donations from many worthy causes. The financial situation of many public and private schools has put enormous pressure on students and parents to participate in various fundraisers. We want to be fair in providing access to our communications tools for those within our fellowship, and to community as a whole. Our electronic and print media (Google Group, bulletin, etc.) are reserved for Calvary Chapel Chelmsford events. We also allow for
fundraising activities for ministries we actively support as a church, such as our annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drive. Individuals may not use our media or resources to raise funds. We may, however, allow informational emails about fundraising events to be sent via our Google Group, as long as they are not merely fundraising solicitations. If you need additional clarification, contact the church office at email@example.com
What are the services like?
We work hard to make sure your experience at Calvary Chapel is one that is relevant and welcoming. Our services feature thirty minutes of singing with a live band, a time of prayer, and a message from the bible.
We offer three weekend services in Chelmsford MA:
The teaching is the same at all of our weekend services. Our worship is contemporary.
Saturday 6:00 p.m. is currently transitioning to a new format. We are a small group, meeting in the hospitality center for a more interactive and intimate study of the same teaching as Sunday morning. This service is appropriate for ages 12+
Sunday 9:00 a.m. is a group of 200 people, Childcare and Sunday School for Infants through 9th Grade
Sunday 11:00 a.m. is a group of 50 people, Childcare for infants through preschool aged children
How will I know where to go?
As you enter the front door you will find a welcome desk and helpful volunteers who can answer any of your questions. You can view our Floor Plan here as well to help acclimate you to the facility.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. People who attend Calvary Chapel wear everything from business wear to jeans, shorts and sandals.
Will I have to sign anything, say anything or be singled out in any way?
No. We want to get to know you, but more importantly, we want you to be comfortable. We want you to remain as anonymous as you want to be. The only thing we ask guests to do is fill out the information you're comfortable with on a guest information card. It lets us know you visited. We will not contact you unless you ask us. (Your personal info is safe — we don’t share it with any outside source!)
What about my kids?
Sunday 9:00 a.m. offers nursery and preschool at the start of the service; older children sit with their parents during the singing and are released to various age-appropriate classes. Sunday 11:00 a.m. offers nursery and preschool at the start of the service; older children are welcome to sit with you during the service. For all our services we have a Mother and Infant room with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and a video feed of the service. Please take the time to read through Making Room for Children, which gives more detailed information.
Parents with children in Nursery through 1st Grade check in at the Welcome Desk.
If you have children with special need please feel free to contact us so we can assist you however possible. Visit the FOCUS tab for more information on the group "Supporting Parents with Special Needs Children", A networking and support group for parents of students with educational needs, physical disabilities, and/or mental health challenges
What do you have for teenagers?
“reGeneration” is our Friday night ministry which offers a full slate of activities and spiritual development opportunities for students in Grammar School (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). On Sunday mornings, older high school students join us in the auditorium for our worship service.
Can I rent your facility?
We do not rent our facility to outside individuals or groups.
We are looking for a minister to marry us, can we book one of your ministers?
Our ministers do not marry individuals outside of the church membership.
What if I need help with my problems or just someone to talk to?
People matter to God, so they matter to us! After a service simply walk up to the front of the auditorium and you will find a helpful volunteer that will be willing to assist you. Please go to our Pastoral Care page to learn more about how we can help you. You can also indicate your need on guest information card or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Your Inclement Weather Policy?
Here is how decisions are usually made on winter storms:
Snow less than six inches - no cancellations, but check the website for changes.
Snow/Ice 6-11inches - possible cancellation of specific services.
Storms 12+ - all services canceled.
All storms - Be safe, don't travel if concerned, situations vary across the Merrimack Valley, be safe! We communicate cancellations via our Google Group. If you are not already a member you can join here.