Prospective members join Dr. Robert S. Norris for an introductory meeting on four annually scheduled Saturday Inquirers’ Gatherings prior to the Sunday morning when they join. This time with the pastor assists prospective Chapel members in becoming acquainted with one another and to gives opportunity to learn about the history and purpose of the Chapel.
It is not at all uncommon for Chapel members to have other church affiliations in other locations and to call the Chapel their home while they are home here in South Florida. Chapel members arrive on Sunday morning for worship having traveled as far south as Boca Raton and as far north as Jupiter. The Chapel is not affiliated with a particular denomination, while Dr. Norris is a member of the Presbyterian Church, USA. The Chapel has been referred over the years as being “Non-Denominational” or “Inter-Denominational” Dr. Norris characterizes the Chapel today as “Post-Denominational.” Most people attending worship at the Chapel who tell us they enjoy the unique flair of a strong, relevant pulpit and magnificent integrated music also identify themselves as having come from a traditional mainline denomination.
Members take pride in the beauty of the Chapel, its comprehensive music program, and the feeling of warmth and true affection shared by all in faith and dedication to Christ’s purpose. The Chapel’s congregation strives to assure new members that they have found a home where their spiritual needs are met – not only on a weekly – but a daily basis.
Please contact the Church Office if you wish to find out more about joining The Chapel!
RELATIVE TO THE CHAPEL’S THEOLOGICAL POSITION
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
We are a congregation of real people who face life with hope and joy because of the powerful presence of God whose loving Spirit in Christ we encounter each day.
Having been drawn together into a caring family of love and faith, we seek to show forth that love and faith in the conduct of our lives.
Out of gratitude for all that God is doing for us, we seek to love and honor God through our worship and service through our ministry to others.
OUR IDENTITY IS SHAPED BY THESE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES:
We continually seek to discover the love and will of God, believing that God is always offering people creative ways to serve in the church and in the world.
We believe that regular worship is the central act of the people of God. Worship is highly participatory and is the hub from which prayer, study, service, stewardship, care for one another, fellowship, evangelism, and servant leadership emerge.
We acknowledge that the Bible is a record of God’s continuing loving relationship with humanity, as well as a rich source of guidance for our lives.
We believe that prayer is a dialogue with God that provides nourishment and strength for living.
We feel we have an obligation to provide a Christian education program through which every child, youth, and adult can understand the basic doctrine of the Christian faith, apply the teachings of the Bible to the practical situations of our lives, and grow toward Christian maturity.
We believe that the biblical concept of percentage giving is a joyful response to God’s grace in Jesus Christ and an inestimable privilege. We challenge everyone to be intentional, not only about giving but also about moving systematically toward the tithe and beyond it to radical generosity.
We affirm that the Chapel’s ministry should meet the practical needs of people in a changing society by providing a warm, loving environment in which members and others feel welcomed and affirmed.
We welcome people into our congregation with an open heart, seeking to meet the needs of people and care for all God’s children in a diverse, pluralistic and multicultural neighborhood.
We recognize that numerical growth is directly related to spiritual growth and operate on the principle that people will come to the Royal Poinciana Chapel for worship and involvement if they are receiving spiritual power for daily living.
(Adopted and Approved by the Chapel Board of Directors, and joint Temporal and Spiritual Advisory Boards, December, 2004)