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ABOUT CALVARY HANFORD

sundays @ 8:15am and 10:15am (services are identical)
wednesday mornings @ 6:30am (men’s bible study)
wednesday nights @ 7:00pm
saturday nights @ 6:00pm (our weekly prayer meeting)
we are located at 1900 north douty street in hanford, california.
you can get directions right here.
we do have child care and classes during our sunday morning and wednesday evening services.

we believe it’s important to present Jesus Christ to kids in ways that are appropriate to their ages, so from nursery through junior high we tailor the teaching of God’s word to best impact children at their specific levels.

for other events and services, listen for announcements regarding child care.

nope.

@calvaryhanford we have no dress code. some people like wearing t-shirts, shorts and sandals, while some others feel more comfortable wearing more formal clothing.

we encourage you to be comfortable, but modest when attending a service.

our buildings are older, but our sanctuary, cafe, fellowship hall and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

should you need any personal assistance, please ask anyone wearing a STAFF lanyard who will be able to help you out.

we have a variety of seating options available for you when attending a sunday morning service.

we ask that children under junior high age do not sit in the main sanctuary.

it’s not that we don’t like kids…we LOVE kids! the reason is that our main sanctuary is a place where we try to limit distraction as much as possible so that the teaching of God’s word and the preaching of the Gospel can go out unhindered.

for more information on our seating options, head on over to our FINDING YOUR SEAT page.

we do have a mother’s room that is available during our sunday morning services.

audio+video from the sanctuary is played in the mother’s room.

for directions to the mother’s room, find an usher or anyone with a lanyard when you arrive to a service.

women and their nursing babies only, please.

pastor gene teaches out of the New Kings James Bible.
@calvaryhanford, our worship is what you might call ‘contemporary’.

typically, it’s a guitar-led group singing worship songs. some you might recognize from christian radio, some are original to our church. we also incorporate some of the great hymns of the faith, but in a more modern presentation.

when it comes to participation in worship, we ask that on sunday mornings people stay seated unless asked to stand by the worship leader. a person is welcome to sing their heart out, lift their hands or clap, but not to draw attention to themselves or distract others from their worship.

sunday mornings are a time when many people from various backgrounds come together to worship the Lord and study His word.

in an effort to minimize distraction and to focus on evangelizing those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we do ask that participation in worship be limited to singing, clapping and raising of the hands.

on wednesday evenings our atmosphere is a bit different. at those services a person is welcome to express their worship through posture more freely (standing, sitting, kneeling, etc). you’re welcome to be more expressive in your worship, with the same idea that we don’t draw attention to ourselves and distract others.

we regularly partake of communion the last wednesday night of every month at our Ignite service. anyone attending is welcome to join us in communion.

we also have communion available to anyone every sunday morning upstairs in our prayer room.

here @calvaryhanford, we believe that baptism is the outward expression of the inward submission to Jesus Christ.

since salvation is by grace through faith alone, not of works (Ephesians 2.8-9), we do not believe that the act baptism saves you, nor is it necessary for salvation. however, Christians are commanded to be baptized, identifying with Jesus Christ in His death and demonstrating the fact that a person has given their life to the Lord.

for this reason, we baptize individuals who are 12 years of age and above.

we have baptisms periodically throughout the year. if you are interested in being baptized, head over to our baptism page.


 ABOUT CALVARY CHAPEL

no it isn’t.

calvary chapel is an affiliation of churches who agree on a general style of ministry. each church operates individually as an unique congregation.

to find out more about the calvary chapel movement, visit this page.

‘calvary’ is the location where Jesus Christ was crucified (it’s also called Golgotha). it literally means, ‘the place of the skull’.

you can read about it in the Gospel of Luke:

Luke 23.33 – And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

there are a lot of different ways we could end that question. we understand that many people are looking for specific answers to specific issues (like baptism, the gifts of the Spirit, or other doctrines).

the best way to find out what we believe at calvary is to attend our services, send in an email question or use the search feature on our website.


GOING DEEPER

we would LOVE for you to get more involved here at church!

a great way to start getting involved is to volunteer for one of our annual events like VBS or HHH (our annual Halloween alternative).

beyond that, we have a bunch of different ministries you can serve in with other people who’ve made calvary hanford their home. for some, we ask that you regularly attend for at least 6 months, for others you can dive in right away.

to get involved, visit our SERVE page and see what’s available.

there are a lot of ways to learn more about the Bible. the first and best way is to just read it every single day.

if you want to hear more Bible teaching, you’re in luck. we have literally hundreds of gigabytes archived on our Bible Studies page.

beyond that, we invite you to take a look at our Cal-TEC class archive to learn about specific topics.

aside from learning about God, we invite you to be involved in telling others about Him and serving Him with your life.

through ministries like IMPACT, we can help you live out your faith wherever you find yourself throughout the week.

beyond that, we encourage you to get involved in the different Missions outreach we participate in. for example, GFA Layaway is a simple and easy way to get thinking about world missions and how you can be a part of reaching some of the poorest places in the world with the Gospel.

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