Sunday 11.30am - 12.40pm: Sunday Morning
Our morning service begins with a time for all believers to participate by giving a word of encouragement, sharing an experience, scripture reading, prayer, teaching, singing etc. This is done to edify, strengthen, build up and encourage the other believers present.
Hebrews 10: 24-25 urges us to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another”.
1 Corinthians 14 concerns the regulation of the use of spiritual gifts during the church meeting. In verse 26 Paul says “When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
After the Open Time we have the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. This is an ordinance, or command, given by Jesus Christ to the church in which we eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of Jesus death and resurrection (Matt 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22: 14-20; 1 Cor 11: 23-26). Through this act the gospel is preached, our faith is encouraged, and the church is united as brothers and sisters.
We believe in an Open Communion in which any believer who has trusted in Jesus Christ can take part in the bread and wine. Since "there is one body
and one Spirit... one hope... one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:4-6) we do not forbid brothers and sisters with whom we share all of this from partaking of the Lord's Supper.
We also believe it is up to each person to “examine himself” to make sure they are not participating in an “unworthy manner” (1 Cor. 11:27-32).
Finally, we have the sermon. This is the preaching of the Word, the Bible. The Apostle Paul says to Timothy “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus...preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Tim 4:1-2). Jesus himself said “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God...for I was sent for this purpose” (Luke 4:43).
The purpose of preaching is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). Preaching is also a means by which the gospel is proclaimed to unbelievers (Rom 10:14-15).
Sunday 6.30pm - 7.30pm: Sunday Evening
Our evening service begins with a time of worship through music. Paul tells the Ephesian church to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart“ (Eph 5:19).
This is followed by a sermon.
Wednesday 8.00pm - 9.00pm (Sept - June): Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
The Wednesday evening meeting begins with a time of praise. This is followed by a Bible Study. According to 2 Tim 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We want to be like the Bereans who after hearing the Word preached “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
The meeting then closes with a time of open prayer for everyone to participate. From the very beginning of the church, Christians have gathered together to pray (Acts 4:24; 12:5; 21:5). Prayer meetings are valuable for the church as a whole and for the individuals who participate.
Friday 7.00pm - 8.00pm (Sept - March): Junior Youth Guild
Singing, games and bible teaching for all Preschool and Primary School children.
Friday 8.15pm - 9.30pm (Sept - March): Senior Youth Guild
For children of Secondary School age and up, Senior Youth Guild has plenty of activities and a short message each night.