New to SMI?
If you’re considering visiting Shades Mountain Independent Church for the first time, we want you to feel welcome as our guest! Our Sunday worship service is at 10:30am and we invite you to join us anytime! We know the first visit can be a little intimidating, so we’ve answered a few common questions for you.
What kind of church is SMI?
We are an independent, or non-denominational, church. We are a multi-generational congregation committed to loving God with all we are, loving our neighbors with gospel intentionality, and growing together in love through Christ-centered community.
What should I expect when I arrive?
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted and welcomed with a smile and helped with any questions you have. A member of our hospitality team will happily make sure every member of your family gets where they are going!
What should I wear?
On Sunday mornings at SMI you’ll see jeans and suits and everything in between! Wear whatever makes you the most comfortable for worship.
What is the worship service like?
Worship is led by a praise band and choir. We sing a variety of modern praise songs, choruses, and hymns in a varied worship experience to honor the One True God. After the music you’ll hear a biblically-based sermon with lots of practical application.
What about my children?
We have a vibrant children’s ministry that your children can participate in on Sunday mornings. Elementary-aged children are invited to stay in Kids Church while the adults and youth meet in the sanctuary for our Sunday morning service. However, your children are just as welcome in the sanctuary if you would prefer to have them worship with you.
Our Nursery and Preschool Ministry provides a place for your younger children to learn age-appropriate biblical truths in a safe and caring atmosphere, both during the Sunday school period and the worship service.
Tell me more!
Have a question we didn’t cover here? We invite you to explore our website to find out more about the various ministries of SMI and how you can get involved. You may also contact Gina Cody with your questions, or call 205.978.6002.
We periodically offer a class to help you learn more about who SMI is and how you can find your place in our church family. Use the link below to find out about our next class.