Order of service

The order of each service is determined by our minister, but usually follows the same general pattern. Each service is given a theme, such as "Prayer" or "Love Your Neighbour", and the subsequent events are related to this topic.

Each service is comprised of several hymns, usually 5 or 6, and music is provided before, after, and at various times throughout the service.. Scripture sentences, and readings from the Old and New Testaments connect the theme to Biblical Scripture. The children's talk, and the sermon are usually delivered by our minister, but the former is sometimes led by others.

Prayers of thanksgiving (giving thanks for the things that  God has given to us), intercession and supplication (thinking of others, and asking God for something), adoration (giving the glory to God), confession (admitting our sins), and the Lord's prayer are said during the service. Also during the service the offering takes place, and announcements are made.

Before each service begins music is played to set the atmosphere for the service. The choir gather in the choir room, situated at the side of the church. They then file into their seats just before the service is due to start, and an elder brings in an open Bible, placing it on the communion table at the front of the church. This serves as a reminder that God's word gives us all the information we need, a teaching on which our church is founded. The minister will then enter and proceed into the pulpit or to the reading desk.

A typical service is set out as follows (although this is a flexible plan that is often reorganised):

Welcome - each service begins with a welcome, usually from the minister. However on certain occasions the service may be opened by an elder (such as on instances when a visiting minister will be preaching, and the elder will introduce him/her to the congregation and also on behalf of the congregation).

Scripture sentences and call to worship - some verses, often proclaiming God's glory and sometimes connected with the theme of the service. The call encourages us to praise the almighty name of God, creator of all things and saviour of the world.

Hymn - at this point a hymn is generally sung.

Prayers of adoration, confession and Lord's Prayer - these prayers are then said either by the minister, member of the congregation, or a visiting guest.

Hymn - at this point a hymn is generally sung.

Reading - generally from the Old Testament and relating to the theme.

Children's Talk - after the speaker invites the children and young people are invited to the front of the church, this talk is delivered. It is directed to influence them more than the sermon, often aided by various props.

Hymn - at this point a hymn is generally sung. After this hymn the children and young people may leave for Children's Church (except during Family Services).

Reading - generally from the New Testament and relating to the theme.

Hymn - at this point a hymn is generally sung.

Sermon - a speaker's sermon may take various forms, possibly using props. It is usually the culmination of the service's theme, and is the main period in which the minister (also known as the teaching elder) or speaker can teach about the word and love of God.

Prayers of Intersession (and supplication) - during these prayers we think about others, both near and far. We consider those we know in hospital, or who have had to endure loss, and think of those overseas, such as missionaries and fellow Christians who run the risk of imprisonment simply because of their faith. A silent period is often observed in which the congregation may offer unto God the prayers, burdens, and requests of their own hearts.

Announcements - some general church and community announcements are read out at this point.

Offering - As the music plays and the offering plates are passed around by designated collectors, the congregation can use this time to reflect on the sermon, to relax in the presence of God, or to chat with those nearby.

Dedication - as the collectors gather at the front of the church, a prayer is said offering all our gifts to the glory of God.

Hymn - At this point a hymn is generally sung.

Dismissal and Benediction - the closing statements of the service in which the minister gives God's blessing to each member of the congregation. The benediction is usually ended with a spoken amen or it may also be sung. The congregation is again played out of the church to music.