Our weekly church service takes place on Sundays at 10.45am. It comes after Sunday School and a break for refreshments. The service lasts for about one hour.
What sort of people are at Immanuel on Sundays?
All sorts of people. Young, old, men, women, teenagers, children. We come from all sorts of life-situations and backgrounds. We number about 100 in total.
Most are committed Christians, but every week we welcome a good number of folk looking into the Christian faith. If that's you do join in with as little or as much of the service as you want to. Also, there may be things about church that puzzle or intrigue you. If so, please ask someone what's going on! Here are a few pointers about what to expect if you join us on a Sunday...
What happens at your church?
We spend lots of time reading and listening to the Bible. Most Sundays we'll read a section from the Old Testament, the New Testament and a Psalm. And every week we have a talk helping us better understand the Bible. Why? Because we believe that the Bible brings us to know God. (For upcoming weekly bible readings see our termcard or calendar. For past sermons see our media section.)
Christian people also love to sing. We've got a glorious God and we love to lift our voices in praise of Him and to build up one another. We're grateful for gifted musicians who lead us. We sing a variety of hymns and songs. We enjoy new music. But we also believe that there are deep riches in the old hymns of Christ's church.
Because God is great and because we are small and sinful we need to pray. And so each week we spend time praying for forgiveness and help - both for ourselves, our local community, nation and world. And about once a month during our service we share the Lord's Supper, sometimes called Holy Communion.
What does your church service "feel" like?
That's a more difficult question to answer. However, here's what we want to do:
What do you provide for children and young people during the service?
be God-centred: we want to take the focus off ourselves and fix our eyes on Jesus Christ.
be Bible-centred: we want to let God's Word set the agenda for all that we do.
Age-specific groups and teaching takes place during Sunday School - from 9:30-10:15am each Sunday. During the church service itself we hope that whole families will learn to enjoy church together. For children there is a separate learning sheet available to help them make the most of the sermon. We don’t mind in the least that little ones make a bit of noise and wriggle around. But should they need a break there is a crèche nearby with toys and activities. A member of our children’s work team will show you where it is. You are welcome to leave your child there or remain with them. There is also a room with a sound link for nursing mums.
|Wednesday 21 March|
|8:00pm||Fellowship Groups @ various locations in and around Brentwood|