Amana Church Society

 

The Community of True Inspiration
FAQ's
 Do you believe in God and Jesus?

Yes, we believe in the Holy Trinity. God, the Creator of heaven and earth, Jesus Christ, His only Son sent to redeem all sinners, and the Holy Spirit, alive in the hearts of all believers.

I’m not a member, but can I attend a service?

Visitors are welcome at all services of the Amana Church.

How do I join the church?

The process is simple. First, we encourage you to attend church services for a time. Then you should notify the Amana Church office and someone from the membership committee will contact you. You will then be invited to meet with the membership committee and discuss your desire to join the Church.

Why do some wear a black cap, shawl, and apron? Do I need to wear them?

Wearing the black cap, shawl and apron is done in reverence of the belief in humility and equality before the Lord. While some continue this tradition, all are welcome to wear what they feel is appropriate.

Do I need to cover my head?

No, that is not necessary.

Do children attend services?

We have an active youth ministry, youth groups for our middle and high school age teens and monthly after school program for elementary age children. Sunday School is every Sunday at 8:30 am at the Amana Church in Main Amana. These programs are open to all area children, regardless of church affiliation. Children are welcome to attend church services with their parents and are expected to maintain the quiet reverence adhered to by our members. Volunteers provide on-site daycare during the 10 am service.

When attending an Amana Church service where do I sit?

Greeters at the church will help you with any questions about seating.

Why do men and women sit separately?

We do this to emphasize that each individual has a personal relationship with God. As Christians we are one family. When the men sit together they are sitting together as brothers. When the women sit together they are sitting together as sisters.

Who leads the worship service?

The officiates at our church services are called elders, church members who assume the responsibilities of lay clergy.

How long have women been elders?

Women have been elders since the 1980’s. Historically, our church has always had female leaders, and since the 1700’s there have been four inspired Werkzeug who were women. Women have always voted in church elections.

How does one become an elder?

A person who feels moved by the Holy Spirit discusses their interest with one of the Elders. Prospective Elders are trained by the Elder Council (made up of all other Elders) in procedures, policies, and history of the church. After a year of study, which includes conducting services, they are then eligible to be approved by the Board of Trustees. All Elders are continually in training, sharing together at monthly work and study sessions, seminars, and county-wide clerical meetings, and individually.

Do you have a collection plate? How do I make a donation?

In place of a collection plate we have a box in each anteroom where donations may be placed. Donations are also accepted by mail. Most members donate once a year during our annual fund drive.

Are there inspired Werkzueg (instruments) today?

Our church believes that the Holy Spirit is alive in each member, and that God may choose to use who He wishes to reveal His truths. The last inspired testimony was revealed through Sister Barbara Landmann late in the 19th century. We continue to translate the inspired testimonies into English.

Do I have to read German to attend?

No. All the late service and the majority of the early service are in English, allowing the full appreciation of the message.

Is the Amana Church affiliated with another church? Who are you like?

The Amana Church is not affiliated with any major denomination. Established in Germany in 1714, migrating to the United States in 1843 and to Amana in 1855, our church is based on the principles of the post-Reformation Pietist movement of Europe. Our belief system is best described as Bible-based and Christ-centered, with an emphasis on each individual’s ability to interact with God through the Holy Spirit working in them.

 Why does the church look so different? Where is the pulpit, crucifix?

The church buildings are as simple in design as the faith is simple. Outward display is not considered necessary for each member to establish a relationship with God. The cross should be carried within our hearts.

 Why are there no musical instruments?

Early church services were held in private homes where singing was led by song leaders. We continue singing accapella, using organ or piano when desired at special services.

 Why do cemeteries look different?

We are each one of us part of the body of Christ, one family of believers in life and death. Our gravestones are alike and we are buried in the order of death, not in family plots.

Are your weddings different?

Not really, couples wishing to be married in the Amana Church must ask an Elder of the church to perform the ceremony. The wedding is then planned by the Elder to fulfill the wishes of the couple and the rules of the church, which prescribe Christian marriage.