What to Expect
Getting to Christ the King
Our address is 12730 Elm Park Lane in Poway, CA. To access our parking lot from Poway Road, turn north onto Silver Lake Rd. After crossing Robison Blvd, our parking lot will be on the right (east) side of the road. Once you have parked, head up the steps (located on the northeast side of the parking lot) toward the building the with the bell tower on top.
For handicap parking, from Poway Rd. go north on Carriage Rd. and then turn left onto Elm Park Lane where you will find a small parking lot on your right.
How do people dress for church?
Wear what is comfortable. Some people love to get dressed up for church, others prefer to be more casual. However you choose to dress, we are happy to have you here!
When and how long is the service?
Our Sunday morning service begins at 10:00 a.m. and typically lasts 75 - 90 minutes. Services will include a sermon and Holy Communion. each week.
We also offer worship Monday through Friday on Zoom.
Morning Prayer is held at 9:00 a.m. and Evening Prayer takes place at 6:00 p.m. For more information, go to our Worship page.
What can my kids do during worship?
By all means, bring your family! We believe that families should worship together and we love to welcome little ones into our midst, wiggles and all. We encourage you to check out the book "Parenting in the Pew," by Robbie Castleman for a great perspective on why having our children with us in church is so important and how to make the most of the experience.
How will I know how to follow the service?
The usher will provide you with a Service Booklet as you enter the church. The entire liturgy is printed in your booklet. Feel free to take it with you after the service.
What kinds of music will I hear?
We use a blend of traditional hymns and more modern songs in our worship.
What kinds of sermons will I hear?
Sermons are scripture-based, focus on practical application to daily life, and usually run around 20 minutes in length. To listen to past sermons, click here.
What version of the Bible is used?
For worship our standard translation is the English Standard Version of the Bible.
How many people will be attending with me?
Our building can seat up to 80 people for a single service. We typically get around 50-60 people on a Sunday morning.
When, and how, is Communion celebrated?
We celebrate Communion, also known as The Lord's Supper or Holy Eucharist, every Sunday. Communion is open to all baptized believers who come to faith and repentance in Jesus Christ, and it is celebrated with wafers and wine. The usher will direct each row to the front of the church. When you get to the front, place your right hand on top of your left hand and the priest will place a consecrated wafer (known as a "Host") that has been dipped into consecrated wine into your outstretched hands. If you do not wish to have the Host dipped in the wine, indicate this by holding out your right hand only and crossing your left hand across your chest. After consuming the Host you may return to your seat. Gluten free Hosts are available by request. Simply let the priest know that you would like gluten free.
If you are not baptized or do not wish to receive communion, you are invited to come for a blessing; you may indicate you are not receiving communion by crossing both of your arms across your chest. Those desiring baptism are encouraged to speak to one of our priests.
After the service
How do services end?
At the end of the service there is usually a recessional hymn and the priests and altar party will exit to the back of the church, followed by the dismissal by the Deacon.
Can I meet with the priest?
Father Eric is available at the back of the church after the service, so feel free to come up and say hello. He would also be happy to join you for lunch or coffee during the week. You can contact Fr. Eric by clicking here.
Can I just be a "quiet visitor"?
Sure! When you visit Christ the King, you can initiate as much, or as little, contact with others according to your own comfort level. We do not require visitors to identify themselves; however, we do want to encourage you to make yourself known when the time is right for you.