What to Expect

Attending a church for the first time can sometimes be uncomfortable and a little bit scary.  At Elevation, we don’t want you to be anxious about visiting us.  We do want you to come and experience what God is doing in and through our church.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”  That is so true at Elevation.  While we meet in nightclub, we are totally sold out for Jesus, seek to be relevant in our community, encourage authentic ministry, and stick to Biblical teaching.  We’re not about religion because Jesus wasn’t about religion.

What is the worship service like?

Ultimately our worship service is Jesus-centered, which is to say – worship that is in view of the powerful work of salvation that Jesus has accomplished on the cross.  Expect a full, live, rocking band most weeks and at times a more reflective or acoustic driven morning. Expect great musicianship and heartfelt worship of God.  Teaching is always centered on the Bible and is filled with humor, honesty, media, application, surprises, grace and a challenge to grow to be like Jesus. 

How long are the worship services?

Our services last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.  Sometimes a service may go longer, but we aim to keep services at this length of time.

What should I wear?

Wear what you’re comfortable in (just please wear something, it is Santa Cruz, after all).  We prefer to just dress casual and focus on enjoying the worship experience together.  You will feel right at home in jeans or you may want to wear something nicer.
Honestly, we’re simply not concerned about such things as what you wear.  

What about my children?

Parents, teens, and children worship together for the first two worship songs on most weeks.  Then we dismiss the children and teens. Children of all ages are always welcome to stay with you during the entire service.  For  children ages 2 years through 4th grade we have Elevation Kids Church, while kids from 5th through 9th grades are welcome to attend our EPIC Youth group.  High School ages and above stay in our main service to worship and grow with their family and friends.
For more info, check out our ministries for kids:


Where should I park?

If you’re visiting for the first time or have a need to park near the entrance, you are welcome to park in front of Don Quixote’s.
There are many spots for everyone along the shopping complex, behind DQ’s on Gushee St., and in the Redwood Pizzeria lot until noon on Sundays.
We do ask that you AVOID PARKING in the following spaces marked in red:
Felton Library reserved spaces.  They have about 6 or so spaces directly behind Don Quixote’s on both sides of Gushee near Felton Empire Road.
In front of the hardware store in our complex.
At New Leaf Market across the street.

How to Meet People


Introduce yourself (or just hang back and observe for a bit)

If you’re new-ish or we haven’t met yet, please introduce yourself to someone as you enter the lobby and main seating areas.  We’re a friendly bunch and we want to make sure you know about such things as where the restrooms are located, where the coffee/tea/water/snacks can be found, where your kids can go, and other important details. 

Smaller Groups

Often, small groups of people are better able to interact comfortably and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has small Bible studies held in member homes. Some groups are open to teens and some have separate spaces for kids to play.  Times and locations are designated by your group leader and you are encouraged to participate in the small group study.

Jump in and serve

Each Sunday morning we have dozens of volunteers who come to set up the worship band, create our atmosphere, operate our audio/visual equipment, welcome our guests, teach our kids, play musical instruments, sing, make our announcements fun, undo it all after service, and pretty much anything you can think of that happens at a pop-up church.  Let us know if you’re interested in finding out more about the serving opportunities at E.  We promise not to make you do the same thing for the rest of your life (unless you want to)!  
For information about our ministry teams, check out: