Trying something new

A number of years ago I came back from my summer holiday determined to keep fit. I decided I’d go swimming each week and set myself goals and targets. I checked the local swimming pools online and found one that had public lane swimming at a time that suited.

When the first day arrived, I was surprised to find myself more than a little nervous. I wasn’t nervous to go swimming, although I hadn’t been for a while I knew that I would at least be ok for a few lengths. No, the reason I was nervous was because I hadn’t been to this swimming pool before. I didn’t know what it would be like, where to go or quite how everything worked.

Now, we’re all different. Some of us thrive off new experiences and the unknown doesn’t faze us one bit. Yet, for others we like our routines and we need at least some level of persuasion to do something different.

How do you respond when someone invites you to something new? When the day arrives what are you thinking as you look for the building your meant to go to; as you enter through the doors; as you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar environment?

The reason I’m asking these questions is because I’m aware that over recent months I’ve often ended some posts with an invitation to come to one of our services. Yet, for many a church service would probably come under the category of ‘new’ experience. It isn’t a familiar environment, it’s a strange one.

With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to write a little about what we do in our services on a Sunday morning and evening.

These are times when we meet together to worship God. We pray and sing songs that help us to think about who God is and what he has done. Not everyone is musical, and we try to sing songs that are easy to pick up.

We read the Bible and at each service there will be a Bible talk where part of the Bible is explained, and we think about its relevance to our lives. This talk is often done by me, but we also have others who will do this.

Our services are open to everyone and we have a welcome team who are there to help you find a seat and answer any questions you might have. Children are welcome too and nobody minds if they make a bit of noise. We do have a crèche for pre-school children that runs during the Bible talk for those who want to make use of it.

Through the year we have special events and it’s great to see different people coming along and enjoying themselves. Why not join in with one of our services and find out a little more about what the Bible has to say about God and our lives?