We gather together every Sunday morning from 10:30am to worship God, grow in His Word, and fellowship with one another. The following is what you can expect when joining us on a Sunday morning:
Praying together takes a prominent place when we gather together on Sunday mornings. There is prayer which begins at 10:15am each Sunday, up until the time that the worship in song begins at 10:30am. The person leading the worship in song will both open & close in prayer. Then there is a time of extended corporate prayer as two of the deacons will pray for both specific & general needs, along with individual needs of our church family. Right throughout our Sunday gatherings, prayer is a priority.”
The Priority Of Corporate Prayer - 1 Timothy 2:1-8
WORSHIP IN SONG
Our times of worship in song include a mixture of contemporary songs, oldie but goodies, and hymns.
We desire that our worship in song be inspirational, vibrant, and God-centred, as we worship God in Spirit and in truth.
When we come together, we are called to worship God, and our response needs to be in obedience, not out of convenience – God has commanded us to worship & respond to Him in song.
A Call To Worship - Psalm 95:1-11
TEACHING / PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD
God has chosen to nourish & feed the souls of His people by using imperfect men to proclaim & teach His perfect Word. We believe that God’s Word is sufficient and profitable for every area of Christian living, so we place a priority on the study and application of God’s Word.
We primarily take an expositional approach to preaching & teaching the Bible on Sunday mornings, as we study God’s Word verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, and book-by-book.
We believe that the systematic study of God’s Word is the primary way to effectively equip and build up the body of Christ, so we take in applying specific rules of interpretation which best help us to arrive at the author’s original intended meaning.
There are times when we teach topically to address specific spiritual needs in our fellowship, but expository teaching in the norm.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We have Communion every Sunday morning when we gather together because 1.) It is a means of worship of which Christ Himself has ordained. 2.) It provides an opportunity to confess & repent of our sins, while renewing our dependence upon Christ as our Lord & Saviour. 3.) It provides an opportunity for the Gospel to be preached. 4.) It helps us to regularly keep focused on eternity.
Communing with the Lord of the supper - 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
We do not include a formal collection as a part of our Sunday gatherings, but there is an offerings box which is available on the foyer table for those who would like to worship God in this way.
Although people may give at different times & frequencies throughout the week, the deacons incorporate an acknowledgement of the offerings given as part of their weekly Sunday prayer.
Giving financially is an offering of worship to God, and we want to acknowledge it as such as we gather together.
For more information about giving financially, please click here.
Fellowship is something that’s deeper than mere friendship – but it’s about coming on Sundays with an expectation for opportunities to both give and receive encouragement on a deeper level as we continue to develop transparent relationships with one another.
Following our time of worship, people stay to fellowship with one another up to 1-2 hours afterwards. To help facilitate this time, morning tea refreshments are served each Sunday.
Every two months, we have a shared lunch which is announced ahead of time – if you are visiting on a shared lunch Sunday, you are welcome to join us for lunch as there is always enough to go around.
SERVING THE BODY OF CHRIST
This is not just doing what we feel like doing or what suits us best, but it’s about thinking how we can best be a blessing to our local church family through the giving of our time, talents & treasures.
There are so many opportunities for this to happen on a Sunday morning – yes, there are the rosters for practical Sunday ministries.
But even outside of that, it’s about families & individuals asking the question – how can our family be a blessing to people within our church family when we gather together on a Sunday?
- Is it baking something for morning tea the day before?
- Is it holding or watching out for someone else’s young children, to give young parents an opportunity to have conversations that last longer than 30 seconds.
- Is it making a card for someone who may have had a special occasion, or perhaps going through a difficult time.
- Is it passing on something you no longer need, to someone who has a need in that area?
There are so many ways for us to serve the body when we gather together.
ALL AGES PRESENT
Our times of worship together on Sundays are family-integrated, where whole families, singles, and all ages gather together. We have optional kid’s sheets available (on a small table behind the last row of chairs) which have fill-in-the-blank points and a colouring picture which relate to the Sunday teaching (example kid’s sheet). We are very comfortable with small baby noises in our family-integrated gatherings, but if you need to take your baby out at any stage, the foyer is set up with a speaker so that you can see/hear what is happening in the main gathering.
We invite the men of our church to gather up the front each Sunday, for 5-10 minutes after the formal gathering. During this time, we briefly discuss things together such as the message content, relevant church issues, pastoral needs, and we also encourage and support one another as men in our walk of faith. If you are visiting, you are more than welcome to join us too.
Although our Sunday gatherings are open for anyone to attend and participate in, we have a church membership for those who want to formally recognise Redemption Church as their home church, along with a mutual commitment to fellowship & unity with other members. When a person/family become members, we recognise this by specifically praying for them during one of our Sunday gatherings.