Frequently Asked Questions

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)

To learn more about what these services are like, visit this page.

1900 North Douty Street
Hanford, California 93230
Get Directions

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.

Here at Calvary, 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, any of our ushers 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 ground floor 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.

The service is broadcast there, from start to finish.

For directions to the mother’s room, find an usher or a greeter when you arrive on Sunday morning.

Women and their nursing babies only, please.

Pastor Gene teaches out of the New King James Bible.

If you don’t own a Bible, let us know at one of our services and we’ll provide you with one, free of charge.

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 understand that people are coming from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. Some are very conservative in their expression, others are very charismatic.

Our hope is that, as a congregation, we would be passionate about worship, singing our hearts out in praise to God.

Sundays & Wednesdays people are invited to stand, lift their hands, sing, and clap during worship. It’s meant to be a time of participation, not a time of performance.

Toward that end, the rule of thumb we use is: Your expression in worship should give honor to God and not draw attention to yourself. However each of us worship should be in a way that does not distract someone else near us who also desires to worship.

Communion is available at almost all of our Midweek services.

Additionally, we dedicate the entire Midweek services on the last Wednesday night of every month to worship and communion.

Anyone attending is welcome to join us in communion.

Here at Calvary, 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, burial and resurrection. Through baptism, a person demonstrates the fact that they have 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 is no formalized church membership in Calvary Chapel.

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 fall extravaganza).

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 of those ministries, we ask that you have already been regularly attending 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 simply read it every day!

If you want to hear more Bible teaching, you’re in luck. We have hundreds of gigabytes of systematic Bible studies archived right here on our website.

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.

We want to help you live out your faith wherever you find yourself throughout the week.

God wants to go with you to your job, your school, your home. If you want some ideas on how to start making that happen, talk to one of the pastors after a service.

Beyond that, we encourage you to get involved in the different missions outreach we participate in.

For example, Operation Christmas Child 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.

Locally, we encourage you to get involved supporting the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.  

I Still Have Questions...

No problem. Just send us an email and we’ll get back to you.

CONTACT@CALVARYHANFORD.COM