We really enjoy having visitors, so please come and see for for yourself what our church is like. Everyone is welcome regardless of whether you have been a Christian your whole life or you have never set foot in a church before. We know that visiting a church for the first time can be hard, so here is a bit of an overview of what you can expect.
You are welcome to join us for one of our Sunday morning services. That is when our whole church gathers to worship together. Our services generally last for one hour and thirty minutes and you are welcome to join in this time. You do not have to sing if you do not feel comfortable and you will not be expected to pray or read out aloud. We try to explain everything we do, including:
- Speaking to God in prayer. The God of the Bible listens to the prayers of his people.
- Singing to God and one another. Singing is one of the ways that we express our praises to God. If you do not feel comfortable singing in public, that is okay, you do not have to join in.
- Listening to the Bible read. Someone will read from the Bible, usually from the passage we’ll be studying that week.
- Hearing a talk from the Bible. There will be a talk explaining the Bible which usually goes for about 35 minutes. If there’s time, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.
- Encouraging one another and share our lives over morning tea. After the formal part of our gathering, we invite you to hang around so that we can get to know you better.
Every second week we have a time in our service typically called communion or the Lord’s Supper when we stop to proclaim Jesus’ death. If you are a Christian, you are more than welcome to participate in this part of the service.
What about kids?
Kids are an important part of our church family. Just before the Bible Talk, the service leader will invite children to attend our kids’ programs and activities. This is optional, but it gives the kids a chance to learn in age appropriate ways, as well as freeing the adults up to concentrate on the Bible talk. All of the leaders and teachers have government-issued blue cards. For your child’s safety, we do require that parents sign children in and out.
A creche operates downstairs for children up to 3 years of age. There are toys and activities for the children, but there is no teaching component.
During school terms, we run a Sunday School during the Bible talk children from 3 years old to Grade 6. They can participate in a program where they will be taught using stories, games, songs, crafts and dramas. Sunday School ends 15 minutes after the main service finishes so that parents have a chance to catch up briefly before collecting their children.
During Queensland school holidays, we don’t offer a separate teaching program for the kids. However, we usually have a short children’s talk during the service and also provide activity sheets to keep children engaged during the Bible talk.
What do I wear?
We don’t have a set dress code and we generally try not to make a big deal of what people wear. Come dressed however you feel comfortable. A good guide would be whatever you’d wear to a family barbeque.
What about the rest of the week?
The centre of our church life is our Sunday morning gatherings where we remember our Saviour who died on the cross for our sins and rose victoriously from the grave. Fellowship continues with opportunities throughout the week. Home groups meet during the week, including a group that’s focused on caring for women. Smaller discipleship groups also meet regularly. We also enjoy social activities together from time to time and as well as spending time together as we share life.