What happens at the Sunday meetings?
Sunday church meetings are a time for us a community of God’s people to come together and we do this for a number of reasons:
Hearing from God: We listen to God speak to us as individuals and as a community. The Bible is read aloud from the front and a speaker spends time exploring the scriptures and how they apply to our lives.
Talking to God: We spend some time talking to God in prayer, usually led by someone out the front. While this person normally prays on behalf of everyone, in the quietness of our hearts we also offer prayers for personal things or maybe even in agreement with what is prayed from the person up front.
Sing together: We spend time singing songs that remind us about who God is and what he’s done. Songs can be a powerful way to express something about who we are and what we believe but it also is a great way to join as a community.
Other Things: We might also say a ‘creed’ together which is a statement that sums up some of the things Christians believe. Each week we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (also known as the Eucharist or Communion) together. If this is not part of your usual practice then we invite you to come up for a blessing or feel free to remain seated.
Food, Coffee and a Chat: Before and after each meeting we have coffee/tea and food available. This is a chance to find out more informally about what’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s a chance to meet new people or to ask some more questions. Hang around, grab a coffee or tea, enjoy the wonderful food and meet some new people.
How long does it go for?
We usually go for about 1.5 hours. You’re free to stay as long as you like to chat and enjoy your conversations and coffee!
What about children?
We love having Children at all of our Sunday meetings! Our service is popular with families, so we have various activities and items in our service to engage children.
Children stay in for the start of the service, then go out to “Children’s Church”. Parents are free to go out with their children if they feel more comfortable with you there.
Children who are not keen to go to the Children’s Program are most welcome to stay with their parents.
What should I wear?
There is no need to dress up or wear anything special for church. Modest casual wear is fine.
Will I have to do anything/say anything/give anything?
No. You won’t be put on the spot or asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with. A collection of money is taken during the meeting, but this is for regular members to allow them to contribute financially to God’s work – we do not expect our guests to give. If this is something you would like to do to support the community, then we thank you for any support you wish to give.
I haven’t been to Church in ages. Will I be welcome?
Yes! You may even find that the way we meet as a Church has changed since you last came. We find many people say our services are different to what they were used to. We seek to make the time challenging, enjoyable, relevant to your life with a pinch of humour whenever possible.
What if I don’t believe all these things yet?
The Lakes Anglican Church aims to be a place where people can ‘check out Jesus’ and ask questions about the Christian faith. Everybody is welcome to come along – don’t worry … the roof will not fall in if you think you have been a bad person or because you have not been for so long!
If you’ve got honest questions or issues then nobody is going to be offended by you asking them – whatever they are. Our leaders have access to books and other resources that might be of benefit to you and are more than happy to sit down over coffee or lunch to talk about your questions – just ask!