What to Expect

Visiting any church for the very first time can be an uncertain experience, so our goal is to put you at ease. We want to do everything we can to ensure that your first visit to Marquette is refreshing and enjoyable for your whole family. We hope that during your time with us you’ll experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, and friendly people of all ages.  We want to be a place where you feel welcome and "at home." With that in mind, below are the answers to some questions about what you might expect on your first visit.  We look forward to meeting you!

What time are the services?
How do I get to Marquette?
Are transportation services available?
Where do I go for Sunday services?
Where are the various Sunday School classes held?
Are there accommodations for the disabled?
What about infants and toddlers?
What children's programs are available on Sunday mornings?
What small group classes are available for adults?
Do visitors often attend one of the Adult Bible Study classes?
What happens when I get to Marquette?
What do I do before the service starts?
What are the services like?
How will I know when to stand?
What is the pastor's message like?
Will I be asked to donate money when I visit?

What time are the services?
Sunday School/Adult Bible Studies ・9:15 a.m.     
Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study 7:15 p.m.

How do I get to Marquette?
MMBC is located on the southeast corner of 75th Street and Fairview Avenue on the south edge of Downers Grove.  We’re about 2 miles east of I-355 and 2.4 miles west of Kingery Highway (IL-83). See Map & Directions

Are transportation services available? 
Van transportation services are generally available for locations in Downers Grove, Darien, Woodridge, and Westmont.  For those living further away, rides can sometimes be arranged with church members who live nearby.  Please contact us in advance to request assistance.    

Where do I go for Sunday services? 
Services are held in our main auditorium—the lobby entrance faces 75th Street.  Guests are encouraged to park in the upper parking lot just outside the main entrance.    

Where are the various Sunday School classes held? 
Our greeters and ushers are eager to assist you upon your arrival. Beyond that, every member of the Marquette family would enjoy the opportunity to meet you and be of help in any way possible.  Don’t hesitate to let any one of us know you’re visiting and we’ll do all we can to help!

Are there accommodations for the disabled? 
Handicap-accessible parking is available near the main entrance, and you are welcome to stop under the portico for drop-off and pick-up.  Our ushers are glad to provide and/or assist with wheelchairs as needed.  Amplification for the hearing impaired is available by asking an usher for a listening device that connects directly to our audio system.  Our ushers will do all they can to assist with any other special needs that you may have.

What about infants and toddlers? 
MMBC has a pleasant, spacious, and well-equipped nursery facility.  Our corps of caring nursery workers are eager to look after your infants and toddlers during all services and the Sunday School hour.

What children's programs are available on Sunday mornings? 
Our Sunday School ministry includes classes for pre-schoolers and elementary children through sixth grade.  The CIA youth program ministers to young people in junior and senior high school (grades 7-12).  Our ushers will be glad to direct your young people to the appropriate classroom. Additionally, during the morning service, two classes are held for children ages 3 through fourth grade. The 3 through 5 year olds go directly from Sunday School to their own church program during the morning service. Children in grades 1-4 are taken upstairs after Sunday School to sit with their parents during the beginning of the worship service in the auditorium; they are then dismissed before the preaching to Junior Church, which provides a time of learning at their level.

What small group classes are available for adults? 
Marquette’s Sunday morning ministries include a variety of adult Bible study classes for you to choose from.  Our ushers can familiarize you with the classes that are available and direct you to the appropriate location.    

Do visitors often attend one of the Adult Bible Study classes? 
Yes!  We’d love the opportunity to help you feel at home.

What happens when I get to Marquette? 
Our Reception Center is in the lobby just inside the main entrance.  Our ushers will give you a bulletin and assist you in getting to your class or into the service.

What do I do before the service starts? 
If you arrive before the service starts, you will notice that our auditorium is filled with plenty of comfortable seats.  There are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere.  Ushers are available to assist you.  Many people will be greeting one another during this time.  As you come through the lobby, we would encourage you to stop briefly at our Reception Center to receive some helpful information and make some new friends.

What are the services like? 
The Sunday morning services generally last about an hour and a half.  Our services include several opportunities for the congregation to join in a time of joyful singing in praise to God.  There is a time of public prayer by one of our pastors, Scripture is read, and other musical selections may be presented involving our choir, instrumentalists, or singers.  The focal point of our services is the preaching of the Word of God.

How will I know when to stand? 
The pastor or the song leader will ask the congregation to stand or sit.  Generally we stand during some of the congregational singing and during times of public prayer.

What is the pastor's message like? 
The preaching at Marquette is Bible-based, timely, and relevant.  The messages help us come to know God better, and to understand what He desires for our lives.  Sunday morning messages typically last about 45 minutes.  Recent sermons are available for online listening.   

Will I be asked to donate money when I visit? 
At MMBC, we believe that God desires that His people would give financially for the work of the ministry.  However, the intention is that those offerings come principally from those who have committed themselves to the ministry of Marquette—not from our guests.  Although an offering is taken at each of our services, guests should not feel under any obligation to participate.  Instead, we would ask that you fill out a “Connection Card” and drop it in the offering when it is passed.