New to Church
NEW TO CHURCH
Are you new to church?
If the answer is yes there is no need to worry. We are aware that many people have never stepped foot into a church in their lives and the prospect of walking into the unknown can be very daunting. We would love you to join us. Our church is made up of people from all walks of life, buisnessmen, Nurses, Care workers, housewives, retired and unemployed the list could goes on. So below we hope we can answer some of your questions.
What is a service?
A service is a time where we join together to celebrate the love of God. We love to sing as we praise God and this is called worship. We sing a blend of old and new songs during a service so hopefully encouraging everyone to be able to worship in their own way. There is also a time to allow us to learn more about how God wants us to live our lives. This is done by a talk (sermon) usually by our minister. We also have times of prayers and times of quiet
How long will the service last?
It starts at 10.45 am and is usually finished by 12.10 am. We also have a service in the evening which starts at 6.30pm and usually finishes at 7.30pm. In the morning the first part of the service (about 30 minutes) is for all the family after that children go and take part in their own actives including, Stories, games, craft and singing.
Where do I sit and how will I know what to do?
A member of the Church will greet you when you come in and you are welcome to sit where you like. If you need help because you have a Wheelchair or a pushchair there is no problem we will help you. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible. You are even welcome to have a cup of coffee or tea before and even during the service if you like. You can participate as much or as little as you like. If you like you can just sit and watch what happens that is just fine.
Is there an offering?
Yes there is, but you do not have to contribute. All the work and running of the church is funded by the members and the offering is for just that. Many church members give directly through standing orders. So you don’t need to be embarrassed to pass the collection bag on without putting anything in.
Join us afterwards for a cuppa and chat.
You are very welcome to stay afterwards for coffee tea or a soft drinks. We would love to meet you and get to know you.
What is Communion and why do we do it?
Have you ever wondered why Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) in some church services?
You’re not alone.
For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist.
Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for His blood. Yes, it sounds strange. But why do Christians talk about eating Jesus’ body and drinking His blood? Are we cannibals?
Where Did Communion Come From?
Jesus started the tradition of communion. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Jesus called Himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty (John 6:48-51). There’s a connection between our nearness to Jesus, believing in Him, and being fulfilled by Him (John 6:35).
The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion, sometimes every day (Acts 2:42-46). They saw that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all He’s done.
Why Christians Do Communion?
It’s not about the bread and wine; it’s about the body and blood of Jesus.
It’s not about the ritual or the method; it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says.
Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration.
Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him.
Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God (1 Peter 3:18). It’s not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship. Jesus is less concerned about the method of celebrating communion and more concerned that we celebrate it.
As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.
Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and wine, and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking our next steps with Him.
Reasons Not To Do Communion?
Taking communion doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t save your soul or get you to heaven.
God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it (1 Corinthians 11:27-31). But ultimately is'ts down to you. No judgements will be made if you do, or don't.