It can be sometimes daunting to walk into an unfamiliar building or meeting for the first time.
What can you expect if you come to a Sunday service here at Shepshed Word of Life Church?
You will usually be greeted warmly at the door by the steward. During the service the hymns and Bible readings will be projected onto the wall at the front, so there is no need to worry about taking a hymn book or finding the text in the Bible. But many of us use a Bible to better follow the sermon.
The service will usually be led by the preacher. The first time, at least, we suggest you sit near the back, then it will be obvious when to sit or stand, and what to do when. 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 by the preacher.
We usually involve the children in the first part of our morning service with a children’s talk. Later the younger children leave for their groups. The preacher will preach a sermon for about 35-40 minutes. In all the service lasts about 1¼ hours.
You are very welcome to stay for free refreshments and a chat after the service.
After the morning service of the first Sunday in the month, and after the evening service of the third Sunday there will be the short service of Communion (or Lord’s Supper). This is when Christians share bread and wine as symbols of Jesus’ dying for their sins.
The bread and wine are distributed while the congregation remain seated. If you are not a believer it would be inappropriate to take the bread and wine – just let them pass you by without embarrassment. You are very welcome to remain present to watch and learn.
When you leave our church service, we hope you will have been helped, and especially by the Bible’s changeless message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
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.