The CEC is not a derivative or associated with any other denomination. It is entirely separate. You may learn more about this here.
A liturgical/sacramental worship style includes the practices that were present in the first five centuries of the church.
The core difference between the Catholic church’s teachings and the CEC is that the CEC believes that all that is necessary for salvation is for a person to believe and accept Jesus’s sacrifice and enter into a personal relationship with Him. There are other differences you are welcome to read about here.
We believe the only prerequisite to receiving holy communion is that one be a Christ-follower.
You are welcome to come as you are. Some people wear business casual, some people wear jeans.
We have a full band (drums, guitar, keyboard) and a typical music set can include anything from Reckless Love to How Great Thou Art.
Compared to other forms of liturgical/sacramental churches, the CEC is relatively new. Most evangelical churches today do not include any form of liturgy so most people when searching for churches, do not realize there is a denomination that blends all 3: liturgical, sacramental and evangelical.
We are everything from single, middle aged and seniors to empty nesters, single parents and newly married. We are teachers, retirees, volunteers, retail clerks, office personnel and many more.
When the c in “catholic” is not capitalized, the word is referring the universal church, meaning the whole of God’s church in the world, those who He calls His own. The word is not referring to the Roman Catholic denomination.
We absolutely believe Jesus and a relationship with him is the only way to the Father. While liturgy isn’t a means to get to Heaven, it serves an important role in worship. This is something most people would have to experience to understand.
We do have a children’s curriculum and CORI checked teachers for when we are graced to have children join us.
Not exactly, but we have described it briefly below.
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,a]”>[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. (source: https://iccec.org/prayerandreadings/Prayer-Traditional/)
We recognize that visiting a new church can cause anxiety. This is especially true when you have no experience with a different worship style. For that reason, we have briefly outlined the parts of the worship service here, but you may once again, look at more detail or ask any questions you may have even after reading this.