East Village location of Walnut Creek


Located in the heart of Des Moines’ historic East Village, Walnut Creek Downtown is a thriving Christ-centered community with a place for you. Our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ who love and worship God drives everything we do.

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Walnut Creek Downtown

323 E. Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309

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What is it like to attend a church service?

Our services tend to last 70-80 minutes. Since you may find yourself meeting a few new people and wanting to chat, plan for an hour and a half. Our teaching is Gospel-focused, biblical exposition that is culturally relevant and worthy of note-taking. We have study guides at our Welcome Center for each sermon series, and we recommend you check out https://walnutcreekchurch.org/media to get a sense for what to expect.

What should I wear?

Clothes. But seriously, wear what you’re comfortable in and you’ll fit right in. We try not to get hung up on things like this.

What type of music do you sing?

Our bands play a variety of modern worship music and updated hymns. We really try to make our time of singing together truly Christ-focused and powerful. Music has always been an important part of our church, and we think you’ll be encouraged by what our team puts together each week.

Where do I park?

Church Parking Lot
We have free off-street parking available on the south side of our building (on the corner of E. 4th & Walnut Street). There are also parking spots along the alley that is adjacent to the west side of our building. Both areas can be accessed from Walnut Street. Our main entrance faces Walnut Street.

Lot & Garage Parking
The LifeServe Blood Center allows parking in their lot on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings for free. Their parking lot is just across E. 4th on the East side of Walnut Creek Downtown. You can enter this lot from E Locust Street, Walnut Street, or E. 5th.

We also have an interactive map with the nearest parking garages and their rates & current capacity here: https://walnutcreekchurch.org/downtown/park

Street Parking
Street parking is free during our Sunday services. Spots are often available on E. 4th between Walnut Street & Court Avenue.

On Saturday nights, meter parking is $1.25 per hour (up to 4 hours) near the church and $0.25 per hour (up to 12 hours) a block south of the church along Court Avenue. Meter parking is free on the Court Ave, Locust St., & Grand Ave. bridges.

Is there anything for my kids?

We want to provide your child a safe, fun, Christ-centered place to learn and grow during our weekend services. We ask that you take your child to Kids’ Class before the service. Our classrooms open 10 minutes before the service begins. Signage will guide you to our Equip Center where you’ll check-in your child. We offer classes for children 3 years old through 5th grade.

How do I check-in my child for nursery or Kids' Class?
For the safety of your child and your own peace of mind, we use a child check-in system for our nursery and Kids Classes. There will be a volunteer standing near the check-in stations to assist you if you have questions. Our check-in system will print a name tag sticker for your child and you’ll receive a unique security label that you’ll need to pick up your child after the service has concluded.
Is there childcare available for my baby?
If you have a child who is 2 years old or younger, you can check them into our nursery. Our volunteers are all well-trained regular attenders of Walnut Creek who have passed a background check. In the nursery there is a changing table, a private restroom, diaper bag storage, diapers, wipes, and pretty much anything else you could need for your little one. If you have any questions, simply ask to speak to a nursery supervisor.
Do you have accommodations for nursing moms?
Congrats on the new baby! We understand that taking an infant to church can be a challenge and we want to make it as easy as possible. We have a quiet room located in the back of our sanctuary where you can watch a live video of the service while you feed or comfort your child. You’ll find a variety of seating options, a changing table, and an alternative exit door if you need to head for home early.
What is the health policy for nursery/kids' classes?
To ensure the health of every child in our nursery, we ask that you keep your child with you during the service if you suspect them to have a serious communicable illness or disease. 
A few things to consider:
  • Have they had a fever in the past 24 hours?
  • Have they vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours?
  • Do they have a severe cold or cough?
  • Do they have green or yellow mucus?
  • Are there any unexplained rashes or inflammations of the skin?
  • Is there any redness or discharge from the eyes? 

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