Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for visiting us at Dawson.  We’d be honored to have you as our guest!

What should I wear?

At Dawson, you’ll see all styles of dress. Some guys will wear a suit and tie and some ladies will wear dresses. You may even see some people wearing jeans. We say, choose an outfit you already own, one you feel comfortable in, and just join us.


What can I expect?

Each service will have a blend of songs and music that all ages can enjoy. We will sing, pray, and have a short time of greeting. Pastor David will then share a message about truth, grace, and hope. We will sing another song and a special musical number will be performed during the offering. The offering supports the full range of ministries at Dawson, including missions in our community and around the world. You are not required to participate during the offering unless you choose to do so.


Will you embarrass me?

Absolutely not!  Our goal is to create an environment that is comfortable for all. You WILL NOT be singled out as a visitor. We don’t make visitors stand or raise their hand. We will invite you to fill out a card so we can get to know you better. If you’d like to fill out that card now, please click here.


How long will the service last?

We have three worship services, 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Each service is planned for roughly an hour each. The early service will dismiss in time for the 9:45 a.m. Life Group hour. You can find more information on our Life Groups here.


What time should I arrive?

We suggest you arrive a few minutes early for the 8:30 a.m. service. Maybe even as many as 10 or 15 minutes early for the 9:45 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. services to provide ample time for parking. Our Parking Deck, located across from the Sanctuary, is the best place to park. It is also very easy to exit, so don’t worry about being trapped after the service. Every Sunday, our Traffic Officers keep traffic on Oxmoor Road moving quickly for arrivals and departures. 


If you would like to attend one of our Life Groups at 9:45 a.m., give yourself plenty of time to stop by our Arendall Welcome Center so a Greeter can personally escort you to a Life Group. If you have children attending with you, you will also want to have enough time to take them to our Children’s Check-in area, especially if this is your first time to visit Dawson.


Do you have something for children?

Absolutely! Preschoolers, as well as kids 1st through 5th grade, have their own activities designed especially for them during the 9:45 Life Group hour. They will enjoy a worship experience which will engage them at their level. Experience has shown us that the children truly enjoy this time just for them, but please feel free to bring your children with you to the worship service if that is more comfortable for your first time at Dawson. Middle and high school students are invited to attend the 9:45 Life Groups with our Student Ministry.


Do you have accommodations for individuals with special needs?

Yes! Visit our Special Needs Ministry page for more information.


Can I only come this one time?

Yes!  However, we would love for you to fill out a Guest Card so someone can follow up with you in person. By filling out a card, you are able to let us know how you prefer to be contacted (phone, email, text, etc.).  There is absolutely no pressure to ever come again, but we really hope you do. And, if you’d like to know more about Dawson, we would love for you to attend to our next Discover Dawson class. This is a great way to learn a lot about our church family in a short amount of time on a Sunday morning.