We know how it can feel walking into a church and having no idea what is happening. In fact, at some point, we’ve all been there!
Why are the crowds saying strange words like “Hallelujah” or “Amen?” Why do churches eat a small bit of bread and drink the tiniest cup of juice in the world?
Take a look below to discover a little bit about what happens at our church! Our meetings largely consist of 3 main elements – Worship, Teaching and Communion.
Why do we sing?
Each week in our services, we have the opportunity to worship God through music. Our desire is the same as that of the Psalmists in the bible who desire to “Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.”
Sometimes we sing only a few songs, sometimes we sing more. Either way, our music team desires to lead each person in the church to a place of humble worship. We sing, because it’s a wonderful way to tell God we love Him. The songs put into words, what’s in our hearts.
You may see people raising their hands during worship – this is not required by anyone, but some people choose to lift their hands as a posture of gratitude, humility and surrender to God.
What’s with communion?
Communion is a celebration for people who have chosen to follow Jesus – something He instructed His church to do regularly.
Stemming from the Jewish Passover festival, communion was instituted by Jesus for us to remember His body that was sacrificed to pay for our sins and His blood that initiates a new covenant with us – allowing us to relate to God personally.
Even though we offer communion every weekend, we hope and pray that it never becomes mundane, but that we continually examine our hearts in preparation for this weekly memorial.
Why do we baptise grown ups?
Baptism is a simple illustration of being washed. It is a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection; a picture of new birth. When a person gives their life to Jesus, baptism is a logical next step for that person to publicly confess what Jesus has done in washing their sin (wrong-doings) away. It’s something Jesus told us to do once we’ve decide to follow Him. Therefore we don’t Baptise infants, only those who have made Jesus their Lord – as the bible tells us to.
Do I need to make a donation?
During the service we will take a collection. This is an opportunity for our regular congregation members to give financially to the church in worship of God in what we call our “offering”. If you are new or a visitor to New Life please feel free to give if you wish or to let the basket pass by. There’s no compulsion on visitors to give.
We consider giving an act of worship. The apostle Paul, instructed Timothy regarding the churches Timothy was leading, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (I Tim. 6:18). We know that nothing we have is our own, so we choose to pool our resources and watch God do amazing things with our collective resources that we could not do individually.
What about the Teaching?
We believe that the Bible is relevant to us all today.
Each week, someone will bring a message based on the Bible. Because we believe that it is God’s instruction book for us as human beings, and teaches us how to live and relate with Him and others, we are very keen to teach our church what it says.
Our teaching mostly is placed into a “series” which allows for a progression of the topic over a number of weeks so we can really get the most from it.
Our preaching team are diverse, dynamic and thorough in their handling of the Bible – moving under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and working in the Gifts of the Spirit.
If you miss any of our messages or need to catch up on the current series, check out our Podcasts page.
What about my children?
We know that children are important to God. Our children’s ministry is not simple babysitting. We care that our ministry is fun, biblical, safe, and facilitates godly relationships.
All our workers are DBS checked.
New Life Kids meet during the teaching section of the meeting.