Sunday 20th October, 10.30 am @ Grange Road.
Our apologies that there has been uncertainty about who is giving the main talk this Sunday. We think that we can now say, with certainty, that it will be Rev Barry Thompson. Barry is one of our Joint Ministers, the other being his wife Vicky.
Barry is taking Jehoshaphat (who, many may well ask?) as his starting point, but we have no doubt that Barry will make this ninth century BC King of Judah relevant for us today.
We will also be celebrating Communion. We invite all who see Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, or who are looking to bring Jesus into their lives, to share in the bread and wine. But don’t worry if you would rather not receive them; simply let the bread and wine pass you by. No problem.
Do join us on Sunday, if you can. You will be really welcome.
What to Expect on Sunday Morning
Who is welcome? You are! We welcome everyone, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, or anything else that some people might want to think of as excluding anyone. Importantly, we welcome sinners; if we didn’t, our church buildings would be empty. As it is, we feel more than a little disappointed if less than 100 are worshipping on a Sunday morning.
The Service: Our worship will vary a bit from Sunday to Sunday. However, there will always be songs (hymns), one or more Bible readings, a money offering and prayers. There will also be a “Kids’ Slot” (aimed at children of all ages!) and a longer talk. We usually celebrate Communion on the third Sunday of each month. Services are timed to finish at or a little before 12.00 noon. Having said all that, we are flexible.
Rock Solid: “Rock Solid” is our youth church. Children stay with the adults for about the first half hour of the Service and then leave the main worship area for their own sessions. There they will read the Bible, draw, talk, make things – whatever. We also have a well-used young children’s corner in the worship area. Expect to find at least a couple of dozen children involved on a Sunday morning.
Music: Modern songs predominate, although we include traditional hymns. You will almost certainly find a keyboard in use, along with a guitar, bass guitar and drums – or, at least, some of them. The organ may literally come into play sometimes. There will be a music leader and two or three other singers ‘up front’ and using mics. All the words are projected on to a central screen and separate monitors at the sides of the worship area.
After Worship: We serve light refreshments in the entrance Foyer and in the Conservatory. Chatting over a fairly traded cuppa is a great way to ask questions and to get to know each other better. Most people do hang around, rather than rushing off. We hope you will hang out too.
Dress Code: Although you might see some folks wearing their ‘Sunday-Best’, we have no dress code. Jeans and a tee-shirt work just as well as a suit or jacket – and they are more common.