What to Expect
Welcome to Calvary First Assembly of God in Stockton! From the time you drive into the parking lot, enter the glass door and walk into the lobby, expect to feel an authentic, transparent, informality in the people at Calvary.
That informal, authentic transparency and hospitality (1 Peter 4:8) is portrayed in and projected by the smiles of people everywhere.
To the left of the lobby, expect to see an opportunity to nibble on a donut, drink a cup of coffee and meet (Proverbs 18:24) more friendly people, who just emerged from Sunday School. It's fellowship time -- an informal and fun time when Calvary Cafè is open from 10:00 am and closes at the beginning of Sunday's 10:30 am service.
Expect to see Calvary's praise and worship team leader on the platform. She'll start the service by greeting (Psalms 118:24) the congregation, opening in prayer and leading praise and worship with Calvary's vocalists and musicians.
During this part of the service, expect to see an ardent expression, thankfulness, appreciation and love of God to God. Calvary's congregants are praising and worshipping the LORD for who He is, as well as for what He's done, is doing and will do! Expect to see people clap their hands (Psalms 47:1) during the exuberant praise and lift their hands (Psalms 63:4) during the unabashed worship. In a public display and affection directed toward God, expect to see some people walk to the front of the church. Some will stand and pray. Some will kneel in repentance. Others will praise God. Others will worship God. Still others will come for prayer.
Expect to see congregants be drawn up front to pray (James 5:16) for their brothers and sisters in need. Expect to be moved by God's presence. Sometimes during a lull between songs, expect to hear people speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:15, 1 Corinthians 14:2-3) as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance (Acts 2:4) and they or another interpret those tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10) -- for edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3) of the church.
After worship, one of Calvary's leaders will welcome (1 Corinthians 1:2) everyone. He or she will announce what's going on at the church and invite you to “greet one another,” “shake a hand” and “hug a neck.” Expect to see a Calvary's audio/visual ministry staffer play an upbeat song over the sound system. Expect to see and experience the greatest concentration of multi-racial and multi-ethnic people fellowshipping in northeast Stockton on Sundays! Calvary First Assembly of God is indeed a microcosm of heaven!
Expect an opportunity to give tithes and offerings, whih too is an act of worship.
Expect to hear a sermon from God's Word from Pastor Peter Jalilie, presented with passion and accuracy.
At the end of the sermon, expect an invitation to give your life to the LORD (John 3:16) or re-dedicate your heart to the LORD. Penitent ones will go to the front. Ministry team members will counsel new converts and other ministry team members will pray for the needs of others up front after dismissal.
This is “What to Expect at Calvary” on any given Sunday. But there are also other activities:
- a Tuesday night women's Bible study
- Wednesday evening mid-week services which include a Jr. Kids Church, pre-school activities, Blaze Student Productions, Sisterhood Bible Fellowship and Element 26 Men's Fellowship
- Butterfly Ministries of Stockton's workday on Thursday afternoons, SWAT Passion Prayer Thursday evenings and Praise Team Practice Thursday nights