What to Expect
Here’s some information so you’ll have an idea of what to expect when we gather as a church.
In general, everything we do together is driven and shaped by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Even better than reading our descriptions would be to come and see us live them out as we meet together to praise our God. Everyone is invited.
Children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), and they are most welcome in all our worship services.
During the school term, most children aged 3 to 13 head out to their own age-appropriate programs about midway through the morning service. You’re free to include your children in these programs, or to keep them in the main service.
For parents with infants, there is a “cry room” upstairs that overlooks the auditorium. We also offer a crèche service from 9:30am in the Lower Lounge (childcare is not provided during the evening service).
Our main family gathering starts each Sunday at 9:30am, and typically goes for about 80-90 minutes. During this time we:
- Join in singing a blend of old and new songs, from doctrinally rich hymns of the past to contemporary choruses of today (Col 3:16). The congregational singing is supported by musicians who seek to use a range of styles with the interests of others in mind (Phil 2:4). Words are projected onto a screen. (What songs do we sing?)
- Take part in corporate prayer – usually led by a pastor or elder
- Hear testimonies of how God is working among our church family and through ministries that we support
- Read from the Bible: either by someone up front, or together as a church (Bibles are provided if you don’t already have one)
- Take up a collection to support and fund the church’s gospel work (this is a commitment for regular attendees only)
- Hear the Bible taught – one of our pastors or a guest speaker will proclaim and explain the point of a passage in the Bible (expositional preaching), and how to apply it to our lives today
- Remember the Lord’s Table (communion) – this visual reminder of the Gospel is usually observed the 2nd Sunday of each month. (What is communion?)
- Dedicate parents with new children to God, baptise believers, and welcome people into church membership (as opportunities arise)
We provide light refreshments immediately after the service to encourage ongoing conversations with one another and our visitors. You’ll often find folks chatting about the sermon and events over the past week an hour later.
Attendance varies but is usually between 250 and 300 people. There’s no specific dress code – some dress in smart attire such as a suit and tie, while others wear casual attire.
We encourage our guests to fill out a visitor’s card with any questions, comments or prayer requests.
We come together again at 6:00pm to sing, pray and hear God’s Word read and preached. The sermon is usually from the Testament opposite that preached in the morning service, and given by one of our pastors (or on occasion a missionary speaker, guest speaker or trainee). After the teaching, there is an open Q&A time for whatever people are thinking about. The evening service ends by 7:30pm so there’s plenty of time to talk and enjoy each other’s company before the day’s end.
As around 30-40 people attend each week, Sunday evenings are more intimate services where we can get to know each other well. Members freely participate in praying for one another’s needs, sharing testimonies, joining in the discussion about the passage, and asking questions about applying the Christian message in our daily lives.