What happens in a church service?
It does change a little from week to week. However, the service will normally last a bit more than an hour. There will be:
- singing with some music from our live worship team
- a reading from the Bible
- some thoughts on how that part of the Bible can help us live our lives today
- a time to pray and think
Twice a month (1st and 3rd Sunday’s) we also share Communion together. This is where we share in bread and wine together to remember that Jesus died on the cross for us.
What do the children and young people do?
Three Sundays in the month there are separate activities for school-aged children.
Each Sunday we try to have at least one activity as part of our gathering together where we learn by doing: if people want to they are encouraged to do something. The actions explain the words we use, and helps us learn important things such as our need to say sorry to God, to speak about our beliefs, or to get our hearts ready to meet with God. We do this through writing, drawing, making, moving – all kinds of actions. As a parent or carer, do encourage and help your children participate in these activities – feel free to explain to them what we are doing, and maybe why: although sometimes knowing why doesn’t matter, it is the doing that matters.
During the service: pre-school children
There is no planned provision for pre-school children during the service. However, there is a creche that is self-staffed that you can use.
Church is much more than what we do on a Sunday morning – it is about what we do all week round. As well as trying to live like Jesus every day, we also have other activities and times of gathering together where we try to do the things that Jesus taught his disciples to do.