Frequently Asked Questions
So, you’re thinking about coming to church but not sure what to expect?
Be assured you will find a warm welcome!
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What time should I come?
Our regular worship service times on Sunday are at 9.15am and 11.00am.
Arriving a few minutes early to either service is fine, but if you would like to have a coffee with us before the 11.00am service, we encourage you to come around 10.30am.
Where do I park?
You’ll find the church at 560 Goodwood Road Daw Park on the corner of Aver Avenue. The main (northern) car-park can be accessed from Aver Avenue near the Goodwood Road corner. The smaller (southern) car-park can be accessed from Goodwood Road just past the shops on the Richmond Avenue corner.
What door should I use?
The main entrance to the church complex is from the northern car-park. On Sundays, you may also be able to sneak in from the southern car-park. Reserved disabled parking is available near both entrances.
Is there wheel-chair access?
Yes, there is level access through either door and then the whole complex is on the same level.
Are there disabled toilet facilities?
Yes, a family toilet is located off the south-eastern corner of the hall.
What should I wear?
You will find folks wearing anything from shorts and jeans to suits. There are no rules! Wear what makes you feel comfortable, confident that you will always be welcome!
Are children welcome?
We love children and they are always welcome in church! Children of all ages are welcome to be in worship or, if you would like, a crèche is available. At 9.15 am, children also have the option of going to our Sunday School GLYED (God Loves You Every Day!) for activities, songs and fun.
What happens when I arrive?
You will be greeted and welcomed and you’ll receive a newsletter with details of the week’s activities in the life of the church (newsletters are also available online.) For the 11.00am service you will also receive a hymn book.
Will I have to introduce myself?
You can expect a warm greeting from members of the congregation, but don’t worry, you won’t be asked to stand up and introduce yourself.
What happens during a worship service?
We join together:-
Bringing worship to God through our prayers, our singing and our presence.
Building each other in fellowship and in hearing the Word proclaimed.
Bringing our prayers and concerns for each other and the world.
Bringing our offering for the Work.
At the 9.15 am we are led by our singers and musicians often learning new songs of praise and at 11.00 am we bring our sung praise to God in the traditional hymns of the church accompanied by the pipe organ.
At 9.15 am, the songs and prayers are projected onto the screen and at 11.00 am we use the Together in Song hymn book.
We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at both morning services on the second Sunday of each month.
We pray that our worship together will be…
‘A time of joy, hope, wonder and grace, challenging and encouraging of spiritual growth.’
How long is a worship service?
Services usually last an hour. We gather for coffee and snacks following the 9.15am worship service and before the 11.00am service each week.
If you are able to come or stay, it is a good time to get to know folks a little bit more!
Do I have to sing?
We encourage everyone to join their voices in song when we gather for worship, but singing is not mandatory!
Do I have to fill out the visitor’s slip?
The slip of paper we ask visitors to fill out allows us to send you a card in the mail or an email later in the week. After you’ve been to church a few times, Rev Lawrie will use the information on the visitor’s slip to invite you to coffee in hopes to get to know you better but there is no pressure to accept the invitation.
Do I have to put money in the offering plate?
You don’t have to give anything. The offering is a chance to give financially so that ministry inside and outside of the church can happen. Think of it like fuel for a car. If you choose to share a gift, it will be used for the ministry or outreach of the Church.
Do I have to be a church member to take communion?
In the Uniting Church in Australia all are welcome at God’s table. You don’t have to be a member of the Uniting Church to partake. Absolutely everyone is welcome!
I still have more questions…
Email Rev Lawrie
TUE & THU 9.00am to 2.00pm
(08) 8276 7416