I'M NEW HERE
If you are new to San Diego or ICCSD, we respect your desire to remain anonymous or gradually become immersed into this international community. We have a hospitality team that desires to invite you in a way that best welcomes you. You have the option of emailing us ahead of time so we can look forward to meeting you. Or you may let our greeters know that you are new or just quietly enjoying the presence of God in our church sanctuary. Fill in the contact card if you desire prayer, or if you would like to talk to the leadership about issues or require more information about ICCSD.
What to Expect at ICCSD
No church can do everything well. There are, however, four areas that we have chosen to especially focus on:
A community that takes relationships seriously. We prioritize this by creating an environment (at the church and group meetings outside church) that optimizes opportunities for those seeking to grow in life-giving relationships.
Experiential worship. We want our congregants and community to experience Jesus and the grace of God in all areas of church and community life. We are more than a social gathering – we strive for life-giving spiritual connection and maturity with God.
Life-giving Biblical preaching and strong Christian education. We delve into the world of the Bible to allow God’s voice to speak to each of us in ways that are life-giving. At ICCSD, we encourage a theological safe space, meaning an environment that welcomes healthy questions, respectful debates in ways that unveil the contemporary relevance of the Gospel for our time and personal situations.
From the above three comes a natural outreach and evangelization that not only desires to point people to the grace of God but also welcome visitors into a community that continues our spiritual and social maturity.
We combine elements of both the contemporary and traditional in our worship service. Expressions during our time of praise and worship include but are not limited to singing, outward celebration, quiet and meditative worship, clapping, kneeling, standing and sitting.
During our time of announcements, we invite visitors to identify themselves only to recognize, honor and appreciate their presence but this is strictly voluntary. Our weekly sermon styles vary but have one purpose: to nourish and feed everyone with the extravagant message of God’s grace and a fuller revelation of Jesus as the source of blessings.
Twice a month, we celebrate communion (the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist) at the end of the sermon as God’s invitation to us to unite more intimately as God’s Beloved. After the end of each service, we have a Prayer Team who would gladly pray for any needs or personal requests. Our attire and dress range from the casual to the casually formal.
Children and Youth at ICCSD
Children and youth are a critical part of our church and community life. We partner alongside First Presbyterian Church to offer excellent and efficiently structured programs for all levels. We have a nursery provided for children 0-2 years. There is a preschool available for children not yet in kindergarten but ready for the classroom. There are Sunday school classes for grades K to 5. The Middle and High School Youth Ministry also meet for Sunday school. Check with our greeters to find out more about our children and youth partnership with First Presbyterian Church.
How Can I Belong at ICCSD?
We have Weekly Care Groups that are designed for cultivating a deeper sense of belonging. Join us also for the lunch that is scheduled twice a month at the end of the Sunday church worship.
Our Weekly Care Groups
We believe in cultivating a strong sense of belonging at ICCSD. Without a strong sense of belonging in a community of grace, it would be difficult to mature and deepen our relationship with God and with one another. We believe that because God welcomes us unconditionally, we want to be able to express that same character in the relationships in our lives. This becomes an expression and consequence of the Gospel of grace in our lives.
We meet on Wednesdays to renew our minds by reviewing the sermon and encourage one another with prayer and fellowship.