Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about visiting church

Visiting Church

Does it cost anything to visit church?

Absolutely not! Church is completely free, because we’re not here to make money. We want to help you discover the good news of Jesus Christ for yourself. During the 8.30am service, we take a collection to support our ministries, but we ask that visitors please be our guest and pass it to the next person. At the 10.15am service, there is a box for our church members to contribute financially, but we don’t take a formal collection.
How long is the church service?

The 8.30am service typically runs for 75 minutes (that is, it finishes approx. 9:45am). The 10.15am service is slightly longer, and finishes approx. 11:45am.

What should I wear?

You can wear whatever you are comfortable with! There is no dress-code for church, and no-one will be concerned about what you are wearing.

What should I expect?

8.30am service

  • The 8.30am service follows a a set style of meeting from An Australian Prayer Book. This is a publication of the Anglican Church of Australia.
  • When you arrive at church, you will be handed one of these green prayer books to use during the meeting, along with a hymn book. Take a seat in one of the pews, and the service will start when the minister walks to the front, dressed in traditional church robes.
  • During the service, the minister reads out parts from the prayer book, and the congregation responds with the words from the prayer book.
  • Someone prays for the concerns of our church, our community and our world.
  • The Bible is read aloud, and a sermon is preached that explains a passage from the Bible.
  • Hymns are also sung, accompanied by an organ.
  • Most weeks we celebrate Holy Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper). After the minister and his assistants receive it, members of the congregation can walk to the front to receive it.
  • Following the service, you are invited to stay for morning tea, which is held at the back of the church building.

10.15am service

  • The 10.15am service has a less formal structure, although retains most of the elements in a modern way.
  • These include hearing the Bible read aloud, prayer, and a sermon preached. Also known as a Bible Talk, the sermon explains a passage of Scripture.
  • We sing Christian songs which teach and encourage us to follow Jesus. This is accompanied by a full band (which may include keyboard, guitars, drums and string instruments).
  • When you arrive at church, you will be greeted at the door and handed a bulletin with church information for that week. Take a seat in one of the pews.
  • Midway through the meeting, the kids leave with their leaders for their programs. (Your children may remain in church if you wish)
  • When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, it is distributed to the congregation in the pews, and everyone takes it at the same time.
  • Following the service, you are invited to stay for morning tea, which is held in the church hall next to the main building.

Do I need to participate?

No, please feel welcome just to observe what is going on in church. If you are not comfortable with singing and do not wish to take part in other activities, you don’t have to. We’re just glad that you’ve come to visit!

How do I get to church?

We are a short 5 minute walk from Arncliffe Railway Station, along Forest Road. See the Location page for transport information, including the best way to get here via public transport.

Other questions

Other Information

Is the church able to help me with a problem I have?

To see if we’re able to help you, please contact us through the website, or send an email to a member of the ministry team.
Do you have information about getting married or baptised?

The best thing to do is contact a member of the ministry staff to get further information if you are planning a baptism, wedding or funeral.

How do I become a member?

We don’t have a formal membership process like some other churches do. If you would like to make us your church family, the best thing to do is to talk to one of the ministry team and we can help you with the next steps.

What denomination are you?

We are an Evangelical Anglican church, in the Reformed Protestant tradition. What does this mean?

  • As Evangelical, we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that it has the final authority in all things relating to our faith.
  • As Anglican, we belong to a historical tradition that finds its roots in the English Protestant Reformation, and provides a shape to the style of our faith. We are part of a fellowship of churches in the Diocese of Sydney.
  • As Reformed and Protestant, we have an understanding of the Bible’s teachings that follow in the orthodox Protestant tradition.

Who is able to take part in the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion)?

We invite all people who trust that Jesus has died for them to share in the Lord’s Supper together when we have it. If this is not you, while you are still welcome to take part, we do want you to understand the significance of this activity. It is a symbolic meal intended for Christians to remember and proclaim what Jesus has done for them, and is an expression of Christian fellowship. The Bible contains instruction regarding this, see 1 Cor 11:23-29.

I would like to find out more about Jesus. What should I do?

That’s great! We run a course called Simply Christianity designed for this very purpose. Read more about it here.

I would like to find out more about becoming a Christian. What should I do?

Again, Simply Christianity is a good place to start. Read more about it here. Or a member of the ministry team would be happy to talk with you about this.