We’re So Glad
YOU’RE Here!

We are excited to welcome you to Ithaca First! Below are the details that we hope will make your experience a great one!  Our heart is to make your visit to our church one that will be a special experience for you.  We can’t wait to meet you!

What should I expect during the service? Yes some things have changed but our God is still the same…

Therefore our services have changed to meet the need as well as adhering to the state mandates and requests to keep a safe environment for all those who enter our facilities and those engaging in ministry.

We are a church with Three Services- all are welcome at any service: 

  • 8 AM Service is also ideal for those who desire more social distancing
  • 10:30 AM Service will have toddler care ages 2-4 and Children’s ministries ages 5-9 in the fellowship hall starting at 10:30am
  • 10:30 AM Online Service will be streaming live on our Church FB and YouTube page

What you should expect during the service: We usually open up with a welcome video, or song and then right into a few songs. Then we pray, greet one one another with a smile, wave (since things are different now), and then we will have an announcement video.  The Message is then delivered along with a time for response and closing prayer. The entire service will be around 60-70 minutes in length.

During the singing time, the words to the songs will be on the screen in front on the platform. You will see people singing out loud, and people clapping or lifting their hands and even occasionally dancing. These are all outward expressions of an inter appreciation and love for Jesus.

There will be an offering basket before you enter the sanctuary and in the back of the sanctuary. The offering is an opportunity for our members and regular attenders to worship God through giving and to support the ongoing mission of the church. As our guest, please feel no expectation or pressure to give.

At the end of our service, there is often the opportunity to receive prayer from church leaders. Yes we will have our masks on and will be ready to listen and pray with you on your behalf for any request for prayer. If you feel comfortable to share a request we will be there to listen and to pray with you.

 

 

What about my Kids? 

Kingdom Kids (age 5 – 9 ) will begin right in the fellowship hall with our Children’s Director, Miss Patti. Before they enter, the family will answer the 4 questions necessary to enter the building then each child will get a temperature check before entering the children’s area.  If the child has a fever, we will ask the child and family to exit from the building.  All members of the family will need to quarantine for 2 weeks and get a test and be 72 hours symptom free after these things before re-entering the building (state guidelines).

The Toddler Ministry is available for ages 2 -4 years pretty much those who are walking. Our Toddler room is the room next to the sanctuary. Again, all children will be temperature checked before entering the toddler room. When you drop off your infant or toddler you will be given a number. This number allows the care givers to page you during the service if you are needed. This number will be paged in red numbers in the two corner boxes on the right and left sides of the sanctuary wall.  

 

 

 

How Should I Dress?

However you feel comfortable.  Dress up, dress down… completely up to you. We won’t care. Come as you are.

 

 

Want a Host when you visit?

Email us a few days before your visit and let us know when you will be coming. We will have a host waiting for you.  

 

 

What Next?

We have a Next Steps and opportunities for you and other information about the Church.  Feel free to browse around the website under “New to First Tab” or “Get Connected.” If you would like direct contact with one our leaders, please let us know.

We are so glad you are considering a visit and we look forward to meeting you!

 

What to Expect at a Sunday Service

First Assembly is a growing, multi-ethnic, dynamic church that is comprised of singles, families, college students, children, teenagers, infants, people with physical challenges, and senior adults.

Whoever you are, you will be encouraged by our passionate worship team, relevant and creative presentations of the Gospel, and life-changing times of prayer that will challenge and empower you. We are a Christ-centered church that strives to be a healing place for a hurting world.

Service Times

Sunday

Worship Service: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and Online 10:30 a.m.
Wildfire Youth Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom and monthly events (check out the calendar)

Wednesday

Men’s, Women’s, and all other groups are available on our LifeGroups page

We are Here to Help!

 

Do you have questions about Ithaca First still, or would you feel more comfortable speaking to someone? 

 

More Information About Ithaca First

Our Story

Our Story

In 1915, a group of people, who were excited about what God was doing in their lives and wanted to share it with others, started meeting in an old lodge located on the corner of East Seneca and Aurora Streets. In 1923, that small group decided to organize and they...

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Our Mission

Our Mission

These core values set the foundation at Ithaca First Assembly: We value intimacy with God through worship. Worship is an expression of the believer’s love for God (Isaiah 43:10-11; Psalm 92:1, 4-5; 1 John 4:9-10). We value the authority of the Word of God. We believe...

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Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

Two years after the church’s founding, the pioneers of the Assemblies of God adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship, which remains virtually unchanged. Four of these beliefs are considered the core beliefs of the Fellowship. You may hear them referred to as our...

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