WHAT TO EXPECT
Our Sunday service:
We call our Sunday meeting a church “service” because it is the Lord’s service to us in grace, and our service to him in gratitude.
Reformed worship has in mind the lifting up of our hearts and minds onto the glory of God in order to behold the majesty of Christ and turn our eyes from that which is seen to that which is unseen. Since we worship in reverence, our service is done “decently and in order” (1 Cor 14:40), as we utilize an order of service in historical continuity with our Christian forebears. Not only is this reformed according to Scripture, but it is also informed according to the history of the Church. As a church, we want to worship biblically and meaningfully in our modern world therefore we incorporate both “contemporary” and “traditional” expressions of worship.
SUNDAY SERVICE WALKTHROUGH
Entering the presence of God:
Scripture reading and song
Confession and forgiveness:
Reading of the law, confession of sin, assurance of pardon
The praise of God:
Recitation, readings and song, offerings and prayer
The word of God:
Scripture reading and sermon
What about our kids?
We firmly believe that it is crucial for families to worship together, considering it an integral aspect of the discipleship process God has called us to (Psalm 78:5-8; Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-15). Our Lord Jesus cherished and children and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:14) therefore we believe that children are as much a part of the church family as adults, and therefore we encourage children to join us as we worship God.
Your children may not be used to staying in for the whole service, but please encourage them and let them know that we love to have them! We love the energy that God has given to our children, and enjoy seeing it expressed. Someone once said that “a silent church is dead but a noisy church is alive”. We are under no illusions here and understand that this can be difficult. Children are vocal and wriggly. This is why we do offer free resources for you to keep your children engaged during worship.
What should I wear?
When it comes to dress, we must admit that there is no detailed guide telling us how we should dress. At HRBC, you will see people in everything from the more casual Jeans and T-shirt to the more formal suit and tie. The only biblical directives are that we avoid immodesty and any effort to draw attention to ourselves. (I Tim. 2:8-10) so wear what makes you comfortable.
Will I be expected to say anything?
No. you don’t have to say a thing. We won’t ask you to stand or put your hand up. More than likely, one of our people will come and greet you.
How hard is it to get access to a pastor?
About as hard getting cold in winter. Simply send an email or give him a call. He’d love to meet up for coffee.
Does your church have a small group ministry?
Yes. We have Bible studies that meet on Wednesdays at 19:15. Please contact me if this is something you would like to get involved in.