Visit Southlands Brea
Every Sunday morning we gather in the heart of Brea to worship God, study his Word, and strengthen the Church.
How do I get there and where do I park?
Southlands meets at 2950 Imperial Avenue in Brea on Sundays at 9 am and 11 am. However, during the current COVID-19 crisis we are meeting at 8:30 AM outside on the Patio and the Parking-Lot. Please bring your own camping chair. We also meet for an indoor service at 10:30 AM which will be on a Live-Stream at 10:30 AM. To join please go to live.southlands.net. If you are planning to join any of the in person services please register for the event at Southalnds.net under quick links. We hope to see you there! Get directions to Southlands.
Parking is available on-site as well as across the street on the northeast corner of Imperial and Saturn. The parking spots located on the Southlands property are for visitors, families with small children, those needing convenient handicapped parking as well as senior citizens. You can enter the building on the north side facing Imperial or a bank of doors located off the church patio.
What about COVID-19?
As our guest, we want you to be comfortable at our gatherings. Come as you are and wear what you feel comfortable wearing. You will see some people in shorts and sandals, others in suits! We are thrilled that you are joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you are wearing. However, during the current COVID-19 crisis: please wear a mask or face covering complying with CDC guidelines. Also, the following apply:
- All attendees (including staff and volunteers) will be required to go through temperature and symptom screening before entering the building. When you arrive you will line up on the patio and wait to be called forward to be screened.
- All attendees will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distance throughout the entirety of their time at the Southlands Brea campus. Masks will be worn during worship and the services, but masks will be able to be removed during communion.
- We will have one entrance and one exit to the building. These will be clearly marked and will allow for one-way traffic through the building, minimizing the potential for congestion points as people enter and exit the building.
- Your family or household will be seated together and there will be a spacing of at least 6 feet between household.
- There will be no Children’s Ministry available and children will be required to sit with their family throughout the service. We recommend that children under the age of 7 remain home.
What should I do with my kids?
During the COVID-19 crisis: We are unable to offer any on site children’s ministry. However there are online resources available. Please contact our children’s ministry director Shannon Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the restrictions lift or change: We offer programming for infants-6th graders every morning at the 9 and 11 am services. You will need to check-in your children and take them to their age-appropriate classroom, so be sure to arrive a few minutes early! Learn more about Children’s Ministry here. A room with a live feed of the service is available for mothers with babies under 1 year old. Junior high (7th and 8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) groups meet on alternating weeks after worship. Our high school group, called Mesa meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month upstairs in the Loft. Junior High students meet for Lights on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after worship upstairs in the Loft. More information on youth can be found here.
How do I get connected?
During the COVID-19 crisis: When you arrive, please enter through the door at the south entrance on the patio and check in with our check in team.
Once the restrictions lift or change: When you arrive, please visit the Information Booth located near the Cafe. There you can receive more information about our community, our values, and our mission. The primary means of connection is Life Groups. Email Katrin Allen to get help in finding the right group for you. We gather once per month on the 2nd Wednesday of every month for an event called One33 for worship and prayer. Participating in a Life Group, joining a serve team, and attending church events are great first steps towards getting connected.
Finding a church home can be tough, especially if you only visit once or twice. Therefore, we encourage you to Stick6! Stick around for six weeks, and by then you will know if Southlands is the right place for you. During your six week stay, you will have at least one opportunity to attend:
- Visitor Center/Check in Center
- Newcomers Lunch
- Exploring Membership
These 3 steps work progressively to give you a good idea of who we are, what we hope to accomplish together, how leadership affects this and what your part in the mission of God is. Contact Katrin Allen to learn more about Coming and Committing to Community.
What does a Sunday morning service look like?
Worship: We Celebrate Jesus
We begin our gathering with worship through music. We sing about Jesus, who he is and what he has done for us. A band leads worship using contemporary songs, hymns, songs from other churches, and original songs that musicians in our community have written. There may be points during worship where, with the approval of an elder, a trusted member of the Southlands community shares something they feel God is saying. We may respond by praying or worshiping.
Preaching: We Preach Jesus.
Jesus is the only one who can changes lives, so he is the center of all of our sermons. Many times we preach through the text verse by verse, and occasionally we will focus on a specific subject found in the Bible. To hear a message, visit the media page. Every Sunday we teach from the Bible, and the Bible is all about Jesus. We believe that faith comes from hearing scripture, God’s word, so we will preach it as much as possible.
Community: We Live Like Jesus
We believe that God has called us to be more than just as Sunday meeting. We are a community that seeks to follow Jesus together. After each service, newcomers are invited to Meet and Greet at the south end of the church lobby. Here you can meet with a pastor who would love to hear your story. You can also learn more about our community. We meet in homes scattered around north Orange County. We call these Life Groups. These groups serve as the primary connection point for those who call Southlands their church home.
Kids: Partnering with Parents and Caregivers
We want children to know that Jesus is first priority in their lives. We try to work this out in a creative, interactive and age appropriate way, in an environment where they are loved and nurtured. It is our goal to partner with parents and caregivers as they raise children to love and follow Jesus. We hope that the message the parents hear and the lessons the children learn will result in conversations that spark growth and life change. Kids meet each week in the Children’s Ministry area at the north end of the church building. Click here to learn more about Children’s Ministry. Information on youth groups for junior high and high school students can be found here.