Your First Visit | The Dover Church
Your First Visit
Your First Visit to The Dover Church!
How exciting is that? We know how daunting it can be to walk or drive up to a new church, by yourself or with kids in tow. Where do we park? Which door is the right door? Where do we sit? Where is the Sunday School? How do we get in if we have mobility challenges? Where are the bathrooms? And that’s not even talking about what worship will be like or what kind of God you’ll find us praying to (you can find out about that under Worship and Music).
We are located on Meeting House Hill (have been since 1762) in the center of Dover…17 Springdale Avenue to be precise. We have two driveways, the one near Dunkin' Donuts being the entrance and the one heading away from downtown being the exit.
We have four designated visitor parking spots located directly to the right once you come up the driveway. If these and the entire upper lot is full, we have additional parking in the town lot to the right of our driveway. Stairs up the hill are located directly across from Dunkin' Donuts.
Two parking spots for people with mobility challenges are located by the administration wing ramp and door, which is to the right in the back corner of the parking lot when you come up the driveway. Once inside the door, the elevator is located directly to the left. Please speak with our staff or ushers if you feel you need assistance.
Where to enter
Most people enter the Meeting House through the doors facing Sprindgale Avenue and the small lawn in front of the church. As you come towards the church, you will see our pastor greeting people (rain, shine or snow) in front of these doors until 9:55 am (worship starts at 10 am). Inside the front doors, you will be greeted by ushers who will help you find a seat and answer any questions you might have. If you are not on time, DON’T WORRY. We are pretty relaxed about joining worship. Our historic meeting house has its original pew boxes which seat 5 people. You will be given an order of worship bulletin. We hope this will help you feel comfortable participating in worship. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask our deacon on duty who will be available in the church entrance area (narthex).
Kraft Hall is where Sunday School is held for all children and the location of our Teddy Bear Nursery for our youngest members. Following a message for children in worship, all children will be invited to attend class with their teachers. After worship, we go over to Kraft Hall for fellowship, coffee, juice, a snack or two, and to meet up with our childen. This is a great time and place to meet and connect with friends and members of the church.
Bathrooms, which are handicapped accessible, are located at the intersection of our Administration Wing and Kraft Hall. If you need to use the Rest Rooms during worship, the easiest access is by exiting the Meeting House through the front entrance doors, crossing the patio to the right of the church, entering Kraft Hall and just keep going right. You will find our two bathrooms immediately after you enter the Admin Wing.
At the center of worship in our Christian tradition is the sermon, a time to reflect on where God’s Word intersects, informs, enriches and directs our lives. In the sermon our in-house theologian, our pastor, seeks to help people see themselves and their lives in the light of God’s love and command to love others.
We know how daunting it can be to come to a new church for the first time. All of us had a first time and we’re glad we dared. We hope you’ll be glad too. Here’s some of what you might like to know before walking up the front stairs.