We'd love for you to visit us this Sunday at 10:30 am. Here's what you can expect.
It’s often daunting going into a new place as we wonder if we will be expected to do something that might make us uncomfortable or will we know what’s going on. We do hope you feel welcome and yet we will give you space to get involved as you feel comfortable.
People often ask the same questions when they come to one of our meetings; so here are some answers to help you feel more at home with us.
Our worship together is expressed in many different ways with joy filled singing and dancing, to be still and waiting in His presence. Our main services are lead by a gifted worship team which seek to combine musical skills with a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit may be leading in the service.
Some people may sit, some may stand or kneel or raise their hands - all these are simply different ways to express ourselves before God, much as a crowd might express their feelings at a football match or when a celebrity is around. Jesus is our “celebrity” or our “team’s best player”!
We take time in our meetings to listen to someone talk on a topic relevant to our lives drawing principles and examples from the Bible. This is known as a “sermon”. This is very important to us as we seek to walk in the blessings of God on a daily basis. We believe that our faith should impact how we live our lives and try to bring messages that will help people with their everyday busy lives.
“Communion” or “Breaking Bread” or the “Lord’s Supper” is something that we do because Jesus told us to. As we break and share the bread, drink the communion wine, it reminds us of the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The broken bread reminds us of His Body broken on the cross and the wine reminds us of His shed blood- all for our forgiveness and restoration to God for now and eternity. There are also many other blessings that come through the Cross such as healing. Believers from all Christian traditions are welcome to participate.
We also use “spiritual gifts” that God has given us. For example, some might get a “word of prophecy”, something they are sensing is a message from God. People might be prayed for to be healed. The Ministry team will often assist in praying for people during and after the services.
During our meeting an offering is taken up. This is announced before and takes place while a song of worship is sung when an offering is passed around. We call this an “offering” because no one is required to give anything unless they want to offer it. As a visitor there is no obligation to give anything.
The money is used in accordance with charity procedure for the general running costs of the church, for example to pay our staff, the numerous church ministries, managing the building, for church’s community projects. We also support local and international ministries.
We dress casual so please come in whatever you feel most comfortable. We encourage you not to worry about what other people think and simply enjoy being yourself at the service.
Our venue is wheelchair friendly with access to both the main hall where we hold the service and the side hall where refreshments are served afterwards.
We have some allocated spaces close to the entrance of the venue for those with limited mobility as well as parking on site. You'll need to arrive a few minutes early to ensure you get a spot but there is free on street parking usually available outside the venue also.
When you walk in to the venue there will be a couple of people at the entrance to greet you and will gladly assist you with finding a seat and get settled in.
We invite you to join us for a coffee or tea after the service. This is a great opportunity to increase our sense of community as we encourage each other, share our lives an deepen our friendships.