Q. Where are you located?
A. At 495 Florida Road, across from Chapman Hill, in Durango.
Q. What are your service times?
A. Saturday evenings 5-6 PM, Sunday mornings 8-9 AM and 10:30-11:30 AM.
Q. I’m not a Lutheran – may I take communion?
A. Yes! You can find details on our Worship Services page.
Q. When is Sunday School?
A. Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15 AM.
Q. May I bring my child to a worship service?
A. Please do! Children are always welcome at worship services. You can borrow a tote bag containing materials for quiet, age-appropriate activities your child can work on during the service. The 10:30 AM Sunday service usually has the most children in attendance.
Q. What if my child gets noisy during a service?
A. Babbling, talking, and squealing are no big deal. We like to hear children participate in the service. On the other hand, if your child is having a screaming tantrum, you should both probably take a break outside for a few minutes.
Q. Do you have childcare available during services?
A. Yes, part of the time. Our nursery is staffed from 9:15 AM through 11:45 AM every Sunday, which covers the Sunday school hour and the second service.
Q. May I bring my dog to church?
A. Only if he/she is a service animal, or one in training.
Q. What is the ELCA?
A. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is our parent organization. Here’s the ELCA website:
Q. What should I wear to a worship service?
A. In general, “business casual” clothes will work for any service. We may dress up a little for Christmas and Easter, but this is Durango, where fresh jeans and clean boots sometimes count as formal wear. In general, we care a lot more about your presence than your attire.
Q. What is Children’s World?
A. It is our non-profit childcare center. Children’s World Early Learning Center provides loving, Christian-based care for children from six weeks old through preschool.
Q. Do I have to be a member to get a name tag?
A. Nope. Ask Linda to make one for you. She’s in the church office Monday through Thursday, 970-247-5310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How do I subscribe to CtK’s newsletters?
A. Click here to subscribe to Christ the King email newsletters. To receive paper copies of the Scribe through the US mail, contact Linda at the church office, 970-247-5310 or email@example.com.
Q. I’m ________________. Will I really be accepted at Christ the King?
Fill in the blank with: divorced, married, single, gay, heterosexual, lesbian, conservative, liberal, old, young, a tourist, a Durango native, agnostic, Swedish, not a Scandinavian, poor, wealthy, funny-looking, etc.
A. Yes. If you have a pulse, you are welcome here. (For those without a pulse, there’s an automatic defibrillator in the Fellowship Hall.)
Q. I can’t kneel at the altar rail. How do I take communion?
A. It’s fine to stand, if you wish. You can also let an usher know before or during the service, and the pastor will bring the elements to you where you are seated.
Q. How accessible is CtK for those with disabilities?
A. CtK’s sanctuary, fellowship hall, and church offices are wheelchair accessible, and we have two accessible family restrooms. The sanctuary aisles are extra wide to accommodate a wheelchair next to each of the pews. Ushers can provide individual audio amplification systems for worship services. We are in the process of obtaining large print worship materials, but don’t have them yet. We need your input on how to eliminate as many barriers as possible. Call 970-247-5310 or email Pete Olson, church administrator, with suggestions.
Q. Who was Martin Luther?
A. Martin Luther was a priest and professor at the University of Witttenberg in Germany. In the process of trying to correct problems within the Roman Catholic Church, he initiated the Protestant Reformation. Luther objected to several tenets of the Catholic Church of the time, including the idea that people could buy forgiveness of sins. Luther taught that God alone could forgive sins and that faith alone was sufficient to gain entrance to heaven. For these and other radical teachings, Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in early 1521, then condemned to death as a heretic. Immediately after the proceedings, Luther was kidnapped (rescued) and taken to Wartburg Castle, where he lived for a year under the protection of Frederic the Wise. During his exile, he translated the New Testament from Greek into German, which allowed the gospel to be read aloud and understood by commoners – a revolutionary concept at the time. As rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church spread, it grew increasingly violent, and secular authorities asked Luther to return to Wittenberg to bring some order to the movement. In the following 24 years, he completed translation of the Old Testament, wrote hundreds of treatises on faith, and established what is now known as the Lutheran Church.