There are a number of ingredients to an average service:
- Songs. We enjoy singing both new songs and old hymns accompanied by piano, organ and sometimes violin. The words are projected onto the screens at the front. If you don’t feel comfortable singing, please don’t feel you have to
- Prayers. Prayer is like a conversation with God. We know from experience that God answers prayer. Feel free to join in, or just listen
- Bible readings. There are Bibles under the seats for you to use, and the words are usually available on the screens at the front. We announce page numbers to make it easier to find readings
- My story. Sometimes one of the congregation tells the story of their own spiritual journey
- Talk. In the talk (sermon) the speaker explains from the Bible what God wants us to know today
- Offering. During the service we pass round an offering bag for voluntary gifts. This is an opportunity to give money towards the ongoing work of the church. If you are a visitor or new to the church – don’t feel obliged to give!
- Communion. One Sunday morning a month we celebrate communion during a service. (Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and the Eucharist are all different names for the same thing.) It is something Jesus told us to do and it involves bread and wine (we have grape juice). If you are a Christian then you are welcome to take part. If not, don’t worry – there is no pressure to take part.