Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of church is Essex Alliance?

At Essex Alliance, 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 throughout the area. Individuals and couples find friendship, spiritual growth and fun through participation in these groups.

Will you ask me for money?

We collect an offering each week as part of our worship, but if you're our guest at Essex Alliance, 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. We give out of thanks for all that God has done for us, and not out of obligation. 
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.

What are the services like?

We work hard to make sure your experience at Essex Alliance is one that is relevant, welcoming and not pushy. Our services feature music with a live band and multi-media presentations that go along with the theme of each message. Our Lead Pastor, Scott Slocum, talks about an issue that is relevant to our lives today and what the Bible says about dealing with that topic.

For your convenience, we offer three identical services at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 AM.  As an alternative to the seating in our main auditorium, we also broadcast each of those services live on a big screen in our Video Café, where the coffee’s fresh, hot, and on us!

How will I know where to go?

Our Information Center (located in the lobby) is staffed with helpful volunteers who can answer any of your questions. To act like a "regular" on your first visit, check out our page for newcomers.

Is Essex Alliance a Christian church, a cult, or something else?

We are a Christian church. Even though our style may be non-traditional to some, we are deeply committed to the truths of the Bible. We are real people facing the real issues of life and looking for relevant answers. We've discovered that those answers are only found in a relationship with God. See About Us for more information.

What should I wear?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. People who attend Essex Alliance wear everything from business wear to jeans, shorts and sandals. Feel free to leave the tie or high heels at home...or wear them if you want to!

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.  

What about my kids?

While you enjoy the worship service, we offer your children opportunities for fun and learning in various age-appropriate Children's Ministries. A numbered security system ensures your children's safety, as well as providing us with a means of notifying you should you be needed during the service. While we expect that your children will enjoy these activities more, you are welcome to keep them with you during the service if you prefer.  Feel free on your way in to pick up some crayons, children's bulletins and doodle pages for them.  Also look for extra doodle pages in the racks on the seat backs.

What do you have for teenagers?

Our Student Ministries team offers a full slate of activities and spiritual development opportunities for students in Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). On Sunday mornings, teens join us in the auditorium for our worship service.

Do I have to be a member of Essex Alliance to hold a wedding or a funeral or other private event here?

No.  We do our best to accomodate requests for use of our facilities by both those who consider Essex Alliance their church home and by those who are a part of the larger communtiy.   Requests for weddings, funerals and memorial services are referred to the staff in our Care department, and all other event requests are booked through our Facilities department.

What if I need help with my problems or just someone to talk to? 

People matter to God, so they matter to us!  From spiritual counseling and visitation by our Care department to the meeting of basic needs by our Care Teams, we offer counsel, prayer, meals, conversation and encouragement to those who are sick, confined to home or have special needs.  For other types of counseling, you may directly contact our counseling center, Azimuth, at 288-1001.

On Sunday mornings, you're invited to visit our Prayer & Care room downstairs where you'll find trained volunteers ready to listen, talk with you and pray with you.  You'll also find some resources to take home with you on a wide range of topics that speak into the areas of our lives where we hurt most.  The Prayer & Care room is usually staffed on Sunday mornings from 9am to 12:30pm. - feel free to ask at the lobby Information Center for directions to the room.