Two days ago University Covenant Church launched our Sunday Night Service!
This service was created because upon surveying on congregation, we discovered the largest percentage of people who don’t make it Sunday mornings is because they are gone. A lot of people are out of town or have children’s sporting events that make it difficult for them to come Sunday mornings. I guess that’s the disadvantage of living in Davis — close enough to the Bay Area to go there for a weekend to visit friends, families or getaway, and close enough to Tahoe to go skiing and vacationing for the weekend!
Plus, there are people who want to go to church and have to work Sunday mornings. In addition, this service is at a time of day that would help non-morning people (like me) actually be alert during services. This world runs on a morning-person clock, I have discovered.
The service is the same as our contemporary morning services, except for a few things. The worship band is a bit stripped down and more acoustic-ish sounding.
Here’s my husband, playing bass! He liked the night service. It has a totally different vibe. It’s a bit darker outside, more intimate in feeling, and people really sing out!
I wandered around before hand and took some pictures of the band practicing.
Instead of a full drum kit, Tony played congas. He’s a good singer too. One of those multi-tasking musician types.
Jamie went around and talked to people. It was kind of dim in there but I love how my new camera can pick up low light!
The ushers welcomed people. Over 10% of the people who attended were first- or second-time attenders!
It’s interesting how our eyes adjust to lighting so naturally but cameras show how our brains are so seamless. The paint on these walls is exactly the same, but inside the worship center it is incandescent lighting and the hallway has fluorescent lighting, which is why it looks green!
Another thing that is different is we have tables, to create more of the casual feel. We put the black pipe and drape dividers we built for Breakaway (Vacation Bible School). Sure has come out handy year-round! It’s amazing how putting these dividers in the back makes the room feel less large!
We set up fewer chairs so the room wouldn’t feel so empty. We had 142 people attend. It felt like the room was quite full! The service had a wide range of ages and ethnicities — one of the things I appreciate about our church.
Jamie gave a message on life transformation found through Christ.
What a great opportunity to be part of a worshiping, growing community in Christ! Here’s a picture I took from above (3 pictures combined into one, actually).
I took more pictures of the other areas too, but am not posting them here. We had full children’s ministry, all the way from birth to 6th grade!
If you live in Davis and are looking for a church, come on by! We’d love to meet you!