We meet every week on Sunday to hear God speak to us through His Word, to lift our voices in prayer and praise, and to encourage and support one another in the journey of Christian spiritual growth. We are not bound together by age or ethnicity or anything else but our common trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. And that makes us a wonderfully diverse group of people – from 0 to 106 and anywhere in between.
Some people are not familiar with how a church service takes place or what to expect at a church they have not been to before. Below are some pointers so that you won't feel awkward and can concentrate on what God might have to say to you during the service.
All of our services follow "liturgies" – a set pattern of Bible readings, hymns, prayers, and a sermon. The liturgies that we use, from the Anglican Prayer Book, include English versions of prayers that have been prayed by the church since it was founded by Jesus in the first century AD, and we treasure them.
7:30 am: This is a shorter service and each week follow the communion liturgy. The music comprises traditional hymns and organ music.
9:00 am and 11:00 am: On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month we have a communion service. the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays follow the Morning Prayer liturgy. The music comprises traditional hymns and organ and piano music. There is a children's program for birth to grade 6.
6:00 pm: In the Evening Service the music is led by a contemporary band, and we use both ancient hymns and newer choruses – we will use whatever song is good, beautiful and true. Communion services happen on the last Sunday of each month. There is a children's program for those age 1 to grade 1.
Our summer service times are 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 6:00 pm.
During the Service
The service sheet will guide you through the service, and includes directions when sitting, standing and kneeling are appropriate.
Children sit with their parents at the beginning of the service, but are free to go to Sunday School after a short talk and prayer at the front of the church. Of course, you can choose to have your children sit with you throughout the service.
During a Communion Service, communion is offered for any baptized Christians. Communion is provided at the front of the church, If you do not wish to receive communion you can either come to the front with the others for prayer (cross your hands over your chest to indicate that you wish prayer only) or simply remain seated during this time in the service. If you are unable to come to the front for any reason, but still wish to partake in communion, please let a greeter know before the service begins so that we can accommodate you.
- Communion for children is at their parents' discretion. Children will receive a blessing from the minister unless parents indicate otherwise.
- During communion, two prayer stations are provided at either side of the church near the back.
Our worship service has three main distinctive components:
- Expository preaching: The center of our time together each week is hearing God speak to us. God has promised to speak to us through the reading and explaining of his written Word – the Bible. Each time we gather we read from the Bible and then we listen as one of our leaders explains and expounds the meaning to us. We call this expository preaching. The important thing is not the thoughts and insights of the speaker, but God’s message in the text. And as the preacher proclaims God’s message from the Scriptures, God’s Holy Spirit shows up and drills it into our hearts.
- Music: Christianity is about relationship – loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. And music helps us to express our love, devotion, and thanksgiving to God, and in the process to deepen our understanding of Him.
- Liturgical and individual prayer: We use ancient prayers to confess our sins, ask for God’s help in worship, and to intercede for our community and the world. These prayers bring the wisdom of the past to help us to pray with one voice in a Biblical and healthy way.