We Do Sundays a Bit Differently…
At Holdfast, we value meeting together. To celebrate together our relationship with God. Learning together from His word, The Bible. We also place a high value on our relationships with one another. We remind ourselves often that Jesus said people would know that we are His followers by the way we love each other.
And so,we begin our Sunday gatherings by sharing breakfast together at 9.15. There’s an opportunity to play table tennis and other games or just enjoy a chat. There’s no charge and the coffee is good! It’s a great opportunity to touch base with friends and even make some new ones. You’re welcome to join us for breakfast even if you’re not sure you want to hang around all morning.
At 10.00 we move into what we call our Main Event. This is the part that you’re probably more likely to associate with “going to church”. Our Main Event lasts for about an hour. We usually sing some songs (it’s fine just to sit and listen if singing is not your thing). We’ll pray together. We want to thank God for what He’s doing in our lives. We might ask God to assist those we know with specific needs. We often pray for our community and for the wider world.
If you are visiting, there is one part of the day we don’t expect you to be a part of. At our Main Event, we have a time we refer to as the offering. We simply pass some bowls around. It’s an opportunity for our regular folk to financially support the work we’re doing. (whilst we still pass bowls around, most of our regulars give electronically these days). Anyway, as we said, if you’re visiting, we definitely don’t expect you to be putting money in. You’re our guests!
Sometimes we’ll have a special item, maybe a short dvd presentation or a piece of music. Often, we listen to one of our people share what’s been happening for them.
The central feature of our Main Event is our Message Time. We spend about twenty minutes exploring a part of the Bible. We want to understand God’s story and how it interacts with, and impacts, our lives. We try to keep the messages simple to listen to and easy to understand, even for those with little or no church experience. Whilst easy to understand, you should expect to be challenged. We’re keen to explore practical application. Things like, the way we treat our neighbours, our attitudes and responses to life’s challenges, the reason we understand why we are here…
Our Main Event concludes at about 11.00 and is followed by Morning Tea. Have another coffee. A chance to spend some more time catching up with one another. During this time, if there’s anything causing you concern, there’ll be people at the front of the church who are available to pray with you at your request.
Be assured, when you visit there are no expectations for you to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. Your invited just to come and enjoy check us out.