It can sometimes be daunting to walk into an unfamiliar building for the first time. What can you expect if you come to a Sunday service here at Shepshed Word of Life Church?
You will be greeted warmly at the door by the steward, and offered a hymn book and bible to use during the service.
The service will usually be led by the preacher, and he will say what is to take place at each stage of the service. It will be very obvious to you when to sit or stand, and what to do when. You will be part of a congregation, so you can just follow everyone else.
The congregation stand to sing the hymns, (usually there are four). Prayer is said aloud by the leader, whilst the congregation remain seated and follow the prayer in their thoughts. A passage from the Bible is read out loud. We involve the children in the first part of our morning service with a children’s talk and/or a memory verse. Later the children leave for their groups.The preacher will preach a sermon for about 35-40 minutes. (In all the service lasts about 1¼ hours).
There may be a short service of Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) announced at the start of the meeting. This is when Christians share bread and wine as symbols of Jesus’ dying for their sins. This makes the service a little bit longer. If you are not a believer it would be inappropriate to take the bread and wine – just let them pass you by without embarrassment – but you are very welcome to remain present to watch and learn. The bread and wine are distributed while the congregation remain seated. If you look on our monthly diary you will find when these take place.
When you leave Shepshed Word of Life Church we hope you will have been helped by the service, especially by the Bible’s changeless message of salvation through Jesus Christ.