Just as followers of Jesus have done for over 2,000 years, we gather each week to worship God together. We gather on Sunday mornings at 10AM, and conclude around 11:30AM. Our gathering place is at Del Rio Elementary (see directions below), located at 5200 N. River Rd, Oceanside, CA.
Sunday — 10am
Del Rio Elementary
5200 N. River Rd
Our hospitality team serves coffee and light snacks most Sundays, and a delicious breakfast every Big Sunday (1st Sunday of the month). Most congregants like to arrive a bit early to have some food and fellowship out in the courtyard before service. We take full advantage of the good company and beautiful Southern California weather each Sunday. If you’re planning a visit, come a few minutes before service and come hungry–we’d love to take the extra time to get to know you!
As we begin our time of worship, we sing several songs, offer prayers and hear Scripture read.
Preaching at Pillar Church is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around 30 – 40 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the sermon, we take celebrate the Lord’s supper together, and also offer a Q&A portion if there are any questions regarding the morning’s sermon.
The music we sing at Pillar Church is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at Pillar, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.
We do not have a dress code, or cultural expectations related to what you wear. Most dress casually. We permit our Texans to wear boots and belt buckles, because we know they will anyway.
Every Sunday childcare is provided for children from birth to 5 years of age.
Our K-5 Class, Pillar Treehouse, meets every Sunday after worship, with the exception of Big Sunday, which is the first Sunday of the month. We feel that it’s extremely important that children realize that “big church” isn’t just for the adults. Children are encouraged to take notes and participate in worship with their families on Big Sunday.
We take the safety of our children, and yours, very seriously. To that end, each childcare worker is required to pass a comprehensive background check.
Our greeters will direct you to where our children’s classes meet. And, if you’d prefer, your children are more than welcome to remain with you in our worship gathering.
Also, the speakers outside in the courtyard play the message and provide a sort of “cry room”. This offers a place for moms with littles to tend to their children’s needs while streaming audio from the main worship gathering so you don’t have to miss out.
Our services are about an hour and a half. We usually sing 3-5 songs and the sermon lasts about 35 minutes. We also have a short Q&A time permitting at the end of the service.
The scripture makes it clear that a church is a group of Christians, not a building, and we meet in a school for various reasons. Firstly, real estate in Southern California comes at a premium, and renting a school each week allows us to keep costs down. Not having our own building also keeps our focus on the community and highlights the importance of meeting outside the four walls of a church during the week. We have also had the opportunity to invest in Del Rio Elementary and the families of this community in ways we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise, and we cherish the partnership between the school and Pillar Church.
Pillar is a Christian church made up of diverse individuals from various denominational and religious backgrounds. Pillar is a part of a growing family of churches situated near military installations around the world called the Praetorian Project. We also cooperate in missions with the Send Network and the International Mission Board, through the Southern Baptists.
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