FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

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Can you pay my rent, buy me some oil or propane, or make my car payment?

Believe it or not, this is probably the number one question we get.  Town offices and social service agencies are telling people to call the churches for financial assistance. We are near the top of the list alphabetically, so we get a lot of these calls.      

We can’t pay your bill.  Sometimes we have enough money to help some of those in regular attendance, but they are then required to take financial classes.  We do offer financial training classes. 

What is a Sunday service like?

We start with some worship songs—about thirty minutes.  We have several music teams and the music style will vary week-to-week from folk-style to contemporary.  We love music, and realize everyone has different tastes.  We try to do a variety so that everyone will be ministered to by at least one song or hymn.  We don’t have an organ, so all songs—including hymns--are done with keyboard, bass, drums, and guitar.   

We may clap our hands in praise to God; some may raise their hands in worship.  We may wait in silence upon the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12-14). At times we may have various people tell what God is doing in their lives.  We will have announcements, a greeting time, and then teaching or preaching from the Bible.  An offering is received—to us, this is part of worship. If you are not a follower of Jesus yet, we are not asking for your money and we invite you to just be our guest.  We have a one-hour time of prayer before service, and also and almost without exception a time of prayer for people during service, too. 

What about the church in Blue Hill you are starting?

It is a “Parent-Affiliated Church” of Ellsworth Assembly and is very casual in setting.  The leaders there are Paul and Mary Webster.  If you were forced to attend church as a kid and it didn't’t do you a lot of good, or if you got messed up in drugs, you will appreciate the ministry of Paul and Mary.  Real people, real faith.   

What is communion?

Once a month, usually the first Sunday, we celebrate “The Lord’s Supper”, also called “Communion”.  You can read about this in Matthew 26:17-30 and I Corinthians 11:23—34.  It is for those who are in right relationship with God, and no one is made to participate, you may just observe if you like.

Sometimes we pass the trays which contain tiny glasses of grape juice (representing the blood of Jesus), and small pieces of bread made without yeast (Jewish flat bread).  Sometimes the trays are up front, and those who want to participate walk forward.  Then we have a prayer and partake the bread and the cup together.  (We do not believe that the communion elements become the literal blood and body of Jesus, and we invite all Christians to participate—you don’t have to be a member.) 

If I visit, will I be made to stand up, or be introduced?

No.  And no cheesy name tags, either. We don’t track people down.  We believe you have a right to be as anonymous as you want to be. 

What do I have to do to attend a service?

Park your car and walk in a few minutes before service begins.  That’s it.  

What will be taught?

Since we believe the Bible is God’s word to us, we take it very seriously.  This is what we teach and preach from.  It may be a study through a book of the Bible, or it may be topical, or a seasonal message according to a holiday.  The teaching/preaching time usually lasts thirty to forty-five minutes. 

What if I have to leave a service early?

Come anyway, it is not a problem.    

What about kids and the nursery?

We have two nurseries.  One is for ages zero to four and is always staffed by multiple people—it is available after song service.  The reason it is not open during song service is that we want children to be accustomed to being in church as they are part of the worship community.  During the song service the kids do fine, and whatever noise they make is generally not even heard by others.  After announcements, the youngest kids go to the nursery, and the kids 5-9 go to Kid’s Church—which they love!  Our regular nursery has windows on the doors so you can observe your children from the foyer any time you like. 

The other nursery is only for nursing mothers.  We installed what was supposed to be a one-way window for watching the service.  Ladies, you had better cover up if you want privacy, because sometimes the light is just wrong and you can see both ways!  We’d rather tell you up front than have you be surprised!

What if my child is afraid to go to Kid’s Church, or I want them with me in the service?

You may attend Kid’s Church with your child until they are comfortable there.  Then, the place for adults is in the main service in the sanctuary.  Kids usually adapt and love going after a week or so.

Or, you may keep your children with you in the main service. If so, we recommend that you bring quiet things for them to do. When a child gets noisy, it is expected as a courtesy to others that you will take them out to either the nursery, children’s church, or walk them about in the foyer at least until they settle down.  

What is Family of God Day?

When a month has a fifth Sunday, we do not have Children’s Church.  The children stay with the adults in the sanctuary and our service is more tailored for the kids.  This is to help train the kids to be able to stay in church and make an easier transition for those kids going from Children’s Church to the main service.     

What is the organizational structure of the Assemblies of God?

In the Assemblies we are in a “voluntary cooperative” relationship with our leadership and other churches.  This is important to us.  Together we get a lot done!  

As you know, this world is not perfect and there are no perfect churches.  One of the very beneficial aspects of this networking is that we can get excellent help from our leadership who are there to assist the churches and ministers.  We could be independent but we have chosen to be a part of the Assemblies’ team, and that cooperation works in and through our local church. 

As we were birthed out of a revival in the early 1900’s, our organization reflects this. Many of our founders were booted out of mainline denominations due to their receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues.  While this work of the Holy Spirit is now embraced all over the world, our founders were the radicals of their day and many of them were treated horribly by established mainline churches.  Thus many of them opposed any sort of organizing at all. In time, they saw the necessity of organizing for the sake of missions, education, and doctrinal standards.  It is around these that we are organized with the least amount of organization necessary for these things to function well.  On the local level we have a congregational form of government—our people vote in business meetings.  On the District level we have an eldership form of government, with elected elders.  This gives a great balance. For more information on what we believe, our positions on social issues, and our organizational structure <here>

More information on our organization:

We are organized from the bottom up. In general, each church is sovereign. (Those that are not are in the place of needing District oversight.)  It owns its property and buildings, selects its own board and pastor, develops its own constitution and bylaws, and is free to develop local ministries as they see fit. When a church chooses to be part of the Assemblies they agree to certain teachings and practices so that we have consistency and biblical integrity in our churches.  However, our churches reflect many styles of music and preaching.  

Nationally, the churches are geographically grouped into “districts”. We are in the “Northern New England District” consisting of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  There are 105 Assembly churches in our district.

Each District is divided into “sections”. (We are in the Northern Section.)  The pastors in each section meet once a year in a “Sectional Council” along with delegates (certain selected members) from each church.  Each church is allowed one delegate per 25 members.)  At that council we elect a “presbyter”. (“Elder”, a position of leadership in the churches.)  The presbyter is available to assist the churches and pastors according to their needs, and leads (usually) monthly sectional meetings where pastors share a meal, visit, share needs, and pray together.  We are a team.    

Each year the Districts have a “District Council” where the business matters of the District are voted on by the pastors and church delegates.  In these councils we elect our District Superintendent (bishop) who, with the presbyters, meets every other month to strategize, plan, interview candidates for church planting, etc.  We also elect other officers such as an assistant superintendent, treasurer, and director of church ministries. We vote on matters that may be up for consideration.  (Lest this sound very stuffy, a number of these guys are pretty dedicated Harley riders, including our District Superintendent and Treasurer.)     

On the licensing and ordaining of our ministry team we have an eldership form of government.  We have various levels of credentialing depending on a persons completion of biblical education and proven experience in ministry.  We do not see ministry as a profession or career, but as a calling from God.  When someone is licensed or ordained, this is not a permanent title.  If there is moral failure they are removed from position.  Depending upon the offense, they may be offered a program of rehabilitation and restoration to ministry (usually a two-year minimum).  Some offenses, such as child molestation are “one strike and you are out.” As all credentialing is through District Offices, and one’s records go from District to District—there is no way a pastor can commit an offense in one place and go to another Assemblies church without his record following him or her.   

All this adds up to a wonderfully balanced system of government.  Churches have amazing freedom of ministry. The pastors and churches elect the officers to whom they are responsible--thus we seek to put godly people in office.  God has blessed us with our structure and leadership.

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Ellsworth Assembly of God
131 Beechland Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
USA

Phone Phone: (207) 667 8998
WWW Link Website: www.ellsworthassembly.org
Email Email: contact @ ellsworthassembly.org



  Ellsworth Assembly of God ~ 131 Beechland Road ~ Ellsworth, ME 04605 ~ 207-667-8998