Visiting the Church for the First Time
We understand that it can be difficult visiting a church for the first time. This can be the case even if you have been going to another church but more so if you have not been to church before. Different churches worship in different ways. You may wonder about when the services are held, where to go and what to do when you arrive.
When are the services and what are they like?
At Ringway Life Building, services are held on a Saturday morning.
10:00 am – Bible Study.
We usually start with singing. This is followed by a thought for the day and then we spend about half an hour in Bible study. During the Bible study period children are catered for in their own age-specific groups in different areas of the building. Someone will make sure that your children know where to go.
About 11:00 am – Break.
We have a short break for hot or cold drinks and a biscuit.
11:30 am – Worship Service.
We start with singing and a short prayer. This is followed by a Bible reading from the front, the main prayer and a story for the children. These are not always in the same order. Before the main prayer people share prayer requests or thanks to God. You can add your requests or thanks or just listen to other people. Most people remain seated for prayer, but feel free to kneel if you prefer. After this, a sermon (talk) is given. We finish with a song and a prayer at around 12:40.
What shall I wear?
At Ringway Life Building, some people wear suits while others wear more casual clothes.
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive you will be welcomed. You should then go and find a seat in the church – there are no reserved seats. Don’t worry about when to stand. We don’t have any fixed routine, so someone at the front will usually say when to stand. Don’t worry if you don’t know the songs, just listen and then join in when you feel able. Some people want to join in the singing while others don’t. If you are unsure about anything just ask.
The music style is a mix of the older styles of music and the more contemporary styles. Some songs, especially those aimed at the children, have actions to them. If this is the case, some people will join in while others feel more comfortable just watching. The words for most songs are shown on a large screen at the front. Usually we will have a number of people accompanying the music on different instruments which include the piano, guitars, drums and flutes.
For more details on the Seventh-day Adventist church please visit http://www.adventist.org.uk