Sunday 22nd December, 10.30 am @ Grange Road
On this final Sunday in Advent, with Christmas just around the corner, we shall be celebrating with what you might call a ‘traditional’ Carol Service. There is a rumour that the organ is going to get an outing! During the Service we shall be sharing in Communion but, if you would rather not take the bread and wine, that is fine – simply let them pass you by.
The main talk will be given by Rev Rodney Breckon (pictured), while Morven Haye will be leading the singing from the keyboard and Rev Vicky Thompson (one of our Joint Ministers) will hold things together.
It would be great if you could join us on Sunday. And don’t forget our other Christmas Services; you can find details of them HERE.
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 125 (not along ago we were saying 100 and not long before that 80) 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.
If you want to get a feel of how our sung worship might go, you can listen to a sample via the player below. The excerpt lasts about 13-14 minutes. We apologise that our microphones are not geared to pick up sound from the congregation, so you will have to imagine that there were about 120 people singing on the Sunday in question. What we hope you will get, without too much imagination, is the deep and heart-felt sense of worshipping God with our voices.
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.