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Here are answers to some questions about our services.
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1. When are the Sunday Services?
How long is a Sunday Service?
About 1h 15mins – 1h 35mins.
What happens when I arrive?
Usually two members of the church, a woman and a man, will be near the main double doors in the foyer area to welcome you and answer any questions you might have about where things are. In the foyer there are hooks available to hang your coat and a place for umbrellas. There are two doors from the foyer into the chapel (where the service takes place). Just inside the doors are stewards who will provide you with the notice sheet for the day (the bulletin), and a Bible if you’d like to use it in the service, as well as any hymn sheets if you’d like to use them.
Where do I sit?
Most of the seating is in pews. There are some chairs in the back row. Apart from the back pews at the sides used to store hymn books, you can sit anywhere.
What do I need to do in a Sunday Service?
The first thing to say is that after choosing where you would like to sit, you don’t have to do anything. We want everyone to be comfortable, especially those who are not used to going to church services.
What happens in a Sunday Service?
The service is lead from the front. Usually 2 or 3 different people will introduce the hymns and songs, draw attention to any notices, pray, read from the Bible and preach the sermon. Everyone in the congregation usually stand to sing the hymns and songs and sit for everything else in the service.
How many and what types of hymns and songs are sung?
How long is the sermon?
The sermon is as long as it needs to be; usually 35-45 minutes. Downloads of sermons are available here soon afterwards during the week. The audio from the service is relayed to the foyer and the créche.
Is there a Sunday School for my children?
My children are shy. Is it OK for them to stay with me in the service?
All children are welcome to stay for the service. If your children aren’t able to sit during the sermon, we have chairs available in the foyer where the audio is relayed from the service and there is more space for children to stay with you to read books or play quietly.
What is the offering?
What is the offering money used for?
Broadly speaking, some of the offering is used to fund the running costs of keeping the buildings and facilities. Some is used to pay for and accommodate staff employed by TRC to serve the people of the church and the wider local community. A proportion goes towards supporting missionaries who have been sent and are supported by TRC, and some is used to fund events held on the premises and in the local community. TRC is an independent church and it is the responsibility of the church members to approve the budget as it is presented each year.
Do we have a child protection policy?
Is there wheelchair access?
The main entrance is up 4 steps, and we do have a temporary ramp that the stewards are able to put out, however if preferred, there is step-free access from the entrance next to the car park for the flats at 207. Access is around the side of Cafe207 and around the car park through the double doors on the left.
What happens after the service?
An important part of our meeting together on a Sunday is the time we are able to spend together after the service to chat over a cup of tea or coffee. It’s also an opportunity to discuss the sermon and explore any questions. There are quiet areas available for anyone who would like someone to pray with.
What is "communion"?
Often also called the breaking of bread. We remember Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, as he taught His disciples to. Jesus used bread and the cup at the meal he was having with his disciples to help us remember in a visual way that he gave his body and blood, his life, as a sacrifice for everyone who turns away from their sin, and towards Him, and puts their trust in Him.
What happens at communion?
During the service, after the sermon we take communion. This is usually led by the preacher or an elder of the church who will first remind us of what communion is about, and read a passage from the Bible about what we are about to remember. A deacon or member of the congregation will give thanks to Jesus for the bread representing His body, and a group of deacons serve the bread to any in the congregation who are able to take it. Once the bread has been distributed and received, a deacon will give thanks to Jesus for the cup representing His blood, and the group of deacons serve small glasses of grape juice for the congregation to hold onto. Once everyone has been served, all the congregation drink the grape juice together as a sign of the congregation being united in Jesus. When communion takes place at the evening service, time is spent praying for the missionaries we have sent and support as a church.
Who can take communion?
How often is communion?
Communion is generally included as part of the morning service on the 1st Sunday of the month and the evening service on the 3rd Sunday of the month.