I'm visiting for the first time. What should I expect?
Where: 4595 Eliot Street, Denver, CO 80211
When: 9:30am every Sunday morning / 10:45am for doughnuts, bagels, coffee and fellowship / 11:00am for Christian Education Classes
What to wear: Please wear whatever is comfortable for you (sandals / shorts or a suit).
Free parking: Available on the southeast corner of 46th and Federal Ave.
Kids: Are always welcome! We have a full family ministry. For more information about child care, click here.
Bible: Please bring one if you have it in any form: written text or electronic.
Sunday Morning Service
We do not have a "typical" format every week but usually on Sundays there will be most, if not all, of these elements included:
Worship: We sing mostly contemporary songs but we also have traditional hymns mixed in.
Announcements: There is always something going on and this is one of the many ways you can find out about these events.
Offering: A way to let us know you are here by filling out a Connect Card, dropping in a monetary offering if you are so led, asking for prayer requests (on the back of the card), or to ask for someone to give you a call this week.
Children's Church: Children in grades 2nd - 5th are dismissed before the sermon to attend Children's Church. If your child goes to Children's Church, after the adult worship gathering please go downstairs and check your child/ren in at the check-in desk if you are staying for the Christian Education Hour. If you are not staying, please ask your child/ren to come back to the sanctuary so they can find you. More information about this can be found here.
Sermon: A time of education presented by one of our pastoral staff but usually given by Pastor Frank Penna.
Open Worship: This is a Friend (Quaker) distinctive practice and one that requires a bit more information.
Friends (Quakers) believe that God is currently present with us and Open Worship is a time where we try to provide Him space to speak to us and through us in a spiritual communion. This time can be completely silent, and that is ok. At other times you may hear people asking for prayer or reporting on answered prayers, and that is ok. Occasionally someone will feel that God is asking them to speak about a current event or something else the Holy Spirit is pressing on their heart. They might share, and that is ok. We only ask that if you feel God is prompting you to speak, you ask yourself one question, "Is this from me or from the Holy Spirit?" There are many ways this manifests in people but one way to view it comes from the prophet Jeremiah. "If I say, 'I will not mention him [God], or speak any more in his name, then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot" Jeremiah 20:9.
What makes us different
Another thing that makes Denver Friends Church unique from many other churches is that we are a diverse group. We have an inter-generational congregation with people of all ages represented. We do not have a shared view of politics, the justness of war, or other highly charged ideologies currently being debated in American society. However, what we do share is the drive to want to love one another despite our differences. We don't do it perfectly, but we are working hard towards being one with Christ. Despite our differences, we are members of the family of God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our belief in Christ is what binds us together in a spirit of love, truth and grace and that is ultimately greater than our differences. We would welcome you to this family but know that we are still sinners in need of a Savior. We are still striving to find what it means individually and collectively to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
After the service and Christian Education
After the time of food and fellowship, which is roughly 15 min (though we like to talk), the Christian Education Hour will begin. You are welcome and encouraged to pick a class that looks right to you and join them. The listings of those classes can be found here. If you have children 2nd grade and up the list of their classes can be found here.
Other items of interest
If you want to know what we believe, who Jesus is, or other items we consider important, click here. Note: You do not need to agree with this list to come visit us.
Interested in who is on staff and a brief bio of each person? By visiting this page, you will at least be able to recognize a handful of people and they are available to answer questions you may have about us after the service.
If you are lost, grab one of the pastoral staff, the greeters who met you at the door, go to the check-in station located on the lower level at the bottom of the stairs, or just ask someone around you and they might know or be able to find someone that does. We are a pretty friendly (no pun intended) group.
Have other questions that weren't covered? Click here to call us or e-mail us and we will try to answer them.