We’re so excited that you are interested in visiting Real Life! Checking out a church for the first time can be intimidating or confusing, so it’s our goal to make your first-time experience at Real Life as easy and hassle-free as possible. We've put together a bit of information here for you about where to park, how to drop off your kids, what the worship experience is like and how to get connected.
WHEN IS THE SERVICE?
We typically hold two worship services on Sundays: 9am and 11am. We have a nursery, preschool classrooms, and both children's (K-6th grade) and middle school (7th-8th grade) gatherings at all service times.
WHERE IS THE SERVICE?
You’ll find us at 5119 N Valley Center Ave, 91724.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Whatever you want! We welcome jeans, t-shirts, bow-ties, baseball uniforms, hipsters…well, you get the idea. You’ll see a few folks dressed up; you’ll find a lot of folks dressed pretty casually. We truly encourage everyone to come as you are!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
When you pull into the parking lot, park anywhere you’d like. If the lot is full, there is plenty of street parking nearby. The building is handicap-accessible and there are designated handicapped parking spaces in the parking lot.
In the lobby, you’ll find a table with donuts and coffee, as well as plenty of friendly people welcoming you to Real Life Church. You’ll want to check-in your kids using the iPads at the lobby check-in station BEFORE going into service. They’ll be dismissed from the service later on. More details on that below.
There are two worship venues at Real Life — the Sanctuary and Chapel. As you enter the room, you’ll be welcomed by one of our awesome greeters and handed a bulletin. Grab a seat anywhere you’d like. We have pews in the Sanctuary and folding chairs in the Chapel, but you are welcome to bring a cushion from home.
WHAT’S THE SERVICE LIKE?
First things first, you won't be pointed out or made to feel uncomfortable in any way. You will have a meaningful, stress-free experience... and you may even have some fun!
Each service is about 70 minutes. We usually begin the service by singing some worship music led by our band. We'll have the song lyrics on the screen, so you can sing as much or as little as you feel comfortable! After a few songs and a prayer, one of our leaders will welcome everyone and mention a few upcoming announcements. After that, we invite all kids (Kindergarten-8th grade) to make their way out to their classrooms where our kids leaders will take them to their respective classes. If you have kids and would like to accompany them to their class at this point, feel free to do so.
After announcements, we usually sing one more song, receive the offering, and then jump into the day’s teaching. Each message/sermon is about 20-25 minutes long and digs into the scriptures in a way that is engaging, eye-opening, challenging yet non-judgmental, and applicable to everyday life. After the teaching, we’ll generally sing a final song and dismiss. There are people available to pray with you after the service if you'd like. FYI... we do offer Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Communion takes place immediately following the sermon.
WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
We LOVE kids at Real Life LA, and have full programming at both services. For the little ones, we offer a nursery and preschool classrooms. For children (K-6th grade) and middle school students (7th-8th grade), we have programming at both services. We have a trained team of leaders who work hard to create a fun, safe, interactive, and loving environment. Your child will want to come back every week! (PS: All of our kids and student leaders are background checked.)
All ages, birth thru 8th grade, check-in at the lobby iPads upon arrival.
● Infants-Preschool: Check-in at the iPad stations (in the sanctuary lobby or chapel lobby) and then you can go directly to your classrooms. You will find information on classrooms assignments by age at the check-in stations.
● Elementary - Middle School (K-8th): Check-in at the iPad stations (in the sanctuary lobby or chapel lobby). Then, join your family for worship. During the service, we will invite elementary and middle school students to meet their small group leaders in the front of the church and they will travel with their small group to the courtyard and classroom spaces.
For K-6th check out, parents will present their claim ticket at the entrance of the courtyard and proceed to the small group rooms for check out. We have a full list of check out stations by grade at the check in stations and in the courtyard.
PLEASE NOTE: All families, please keep track of your family “claim ticket” / check out label as you will need to present this to the classroom leader or small group leader upon check out. All children must be signed out by an adult and will only be released to family members with the check out “claim ticket”.
We will have a check in station in the lobby of the chapel and the sanctuary for your convenience. Our check in team members will be present to provide assistance as needed. Please refer to the signs for classroom assignments.
Infants through Preschool: Parents are asked to sign out babies and preschoolers from their classrooms immediately following the service. If you need help, just ask one of our team members in the lobby.
K - 6th Graders: Parents are asked to sign out K-6th graders immediately following the service from their classrooms. Just head to the courtyard after the service to find your child’s classroom.
7th - 8th Graders: Student Ministry leaders dismiss middle schoolers directly from the Lounge, and students will meet their families in the lobby immediately following service.