WHAT'S SUNDAY LIKE?
WHAT’S SUNDAY LIKE?
It can be daunting going to church if you haven’t been before, or in a while. Here’s some questions we get asked…
I’m on the edge about coming. Is church really for me?
We think so. You won’t know until you try – so come and see for yourself. Maybe the idea of church as an institution is not for you but the reality of church as a community is?
We’re a church full of messy people with different life stories who have found hope in Jesus. Come this Sunday and see how you might belong. We’re saving a seat for you. 🙂
Where do I park? Where do I go when I arrive?
There is parking on Laurens Street and within the turning circle for people with access needs. There is more parking off McBryde Crescent – look out for the orange signs.
Once in the church foyer, you can head into the auditorium and find a seat. We suggest arriving 5 minutes before the service start time.
Can my kids come? They might be noisy...
Absolutely! We love having kids in our church and we don’t mind their noise (really!) At all services, there is a room available with toys for young children. You can hear and see what is happening at the front. The 10am service offers programs for the kids or your children can stay in the service with you if you prefer.
We have baby change facilities in both the men’s and women’s toilets off the church foyer.
Who looks after the kids during the kids program?
We have a kids program at the 10am service called K@ch (Kids @Church). The team of dedicated kids program leaders all have Working With Vulnerable People cards and do regular training on how to keep children safe.
What should I wear?
We wear casual, comfortable clothes to church – you should wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing.
Do you collect money?
The members of our church give money to support the work of the church. Most give electronically but during the last song of the service, baskets are passed for the few that give cash. If you are our guest at church, there is no need to give any money.
Do I have to introduce myself or can I come in quietly?
We love having guests at our church and meeting new people. You are likely to be greeted by other members of our church before the service and you are welcome to stay afterwards to chat. Come and go as you feel comfortable.
You might be asked to complete what we call a “welcome card”. The information you give us would be used to contact you after the service to see if there are any ways we can help you or to answer any questions you might have. You do not have to fill in this card if you don’t want to.
Will I need to sing? I don’t know the songs…
We sing 4-5 songs during our services. The words will be displayed on the screen at the front. Join in as you feel comfortable. If you don’t know the songs feel free to read the lyrics and think about them. No one will mind whether you sing or not.
How will I know when to stand up and sit down?
There is a service leader who will make it clear when it is time to stand and sit. Having said that, if you need to reassure your child or go to the bathroom feel free to get up at any point during the service.
How long is the service?
Our services go for about 90 minutes. Afterwards there is free tea and coffee and morning tea or supper provided.
St Matthews Anglican Church