Encounter FAQ

What people are asking about Encounter Church

+ Where do you worship on Sunday if you don't have a church?

We build God's Kingdom each week at Rowe Middle School in Athens, Pa. Here's some directions

+ What can I expect during worship at Encounter?

We open with music from our worship team followed by a Bible-based message. We'll include some announcements, collect an offering and send you home with another worship song.

+ What can I expect as a first-time visitor?

You'll be greeted by one of our awesome Guest Services team members. If you have kids, they'll help you check them into Family Ministry and then help you find a seat in our worship center. We'll send you home with information about Encounter and a CD of our worship team.

+ What should I wear to worship at Encounter?

Come as you are! We don't have a dress code.

+ What denomination is Encounter?

We are part of the Free Methodist denomination. Click here for more information.

+ What do you have for children at Encounter?

Our KidZone has classes for nursery, pre-school and elementary age kids. Visit our KidZone page here.

+ How do I contact Encounter?

You can email us at info@encounterchurchpa.com or call our office at 570-423-1960. Our church office is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

+ How can I volunteer to serve at Encounter?

Visit our Serve on a Team page to find our volunteer opporunities. There you'll find a volunteer form to help get you started.

+ Does Encounter offer communion?

Absolutely! Everyone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior is welcome to participate in communion here. We generally hold communion once a quarter.

+ Does Encounter offer baptisms?

Yes! We love to celebrate new lives in Christ! We usually hold two baptism services a year – one outside in the summer at a local stream and the other during the winter months inside during a service. Find more information here

+ How do I submit a prayer request?

You can write your prayer requests on your Connection Card; everyone gets one on Sunday. Or you can submit them online through our online Connection Card.

+ Don't I have to be a believer to attend church?

No – Encounter welcomes everyone. If you're just not sure about Jesus, we invite you to join us and find out more.

+ How does Encounter help the community?

We partner with several local agencies – The Bridge of the Penn York Valley Churches, The Sayre House of Hope and the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center – throuhgout the year. Our annual Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway helps hundreds of families. Our Back to School Collection and Food for Thought Program supports children in the Athens Area School District.

+ How can I keep in touch with Encounter?

You can sign-up here to receive Discover Encounter, our monthly email newsletter.