Why an outdoor service?
The outdoor service is set out to accomplish two major goals: building our community at DEC and breaking down a barrier for people at DEC to their non-believing family and friends.
Here at DEC we wanted to provide a place where everyone could share in one service together. Providing two separate services at DEC is a necessity to fit everyone in the building, but those who attend first service may never meet someone who attends second service and vice versa. One of our missions as a church is to provide opportunities to build our community. We believe this is a unique event that will allow for our entire church body to build that community as we join together in worshiping our Lord.
We also understand that some people may feel intimidated or afraid to step inside the doors of a church. This service is a great, non-threatening way, for our congregation to invite their non-believing friends and family.
We also believe this is an event that fulfills all three of our main goals at DEC: worship, community, and proclamation.
What should I bring?
This is not only an opportunity to build the community within our church, but this is an opportunity for you to invite a friend!
This is a "picnic style" event. We will only be providing seating for a small amount of people, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets, or whatever you plan to sit on for the service and the meal.
We are asking that you bring a side dish that could feed the amount of people you are bringing to the event to share. The church will provide burgers and hot dogs with all the fixin's. We will also provide drinks.
Where do I park?
Wagon Hill can only hold so many cars. We are asking those who are handicapped, elderly, pregnant, or parents with infants to park at Wagon Hill while those who are able bodied take the shuttles. If you are parking at Wagon Hill there will be signs and parking attendants to show you where to park.
There will be a shuttle leaving from DEC and from Oyster River High School beginning at 9AM and continuing every 15 minutes.
The shuttles will resume after the service to take you back to DEC or ORHS beginning at noon and continuing every 30 minutes ending at 1:50PM.
If you are a UNH student the shuttle from UNH will bring you to and from this event.
What if it rains?
In the unfortunate event that it is raining we will provide information for you by the afternoon of Friday, September 20th on this page and our DEC Facebook page.
What else should I know?
There will not be an 8:30AM and 10:30AM service at the DEC building. We will only be meeting at Wagon Hill for the 10:30AM service.
This is a family friendly event. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages.
While Wagon Hill is a dog friendly park, we ask that you do not bring your dogs to this event.