What to expect

Basics Sunday morning attendance is around 150 people. In the evening there are usually around 100. Dress tends towards casual, though you can find anything from jeans to suits, and you should wear whatever you are comfortable wearing. People are friendly and are likely to introduce themselves to you. There is a visitor’s book in the foyer. We do not normally take a collection.

Beginning On Sunday mornings at 10.45 am and Sunday evenings at 6.00 pm we come together for about an hour and a half during which time we learn about God’s Word, the Bible, and its application to all areas of life. If you go in to the right from the entrance foyer you are at the front of the church, and if you go to your left you are at the back. There are hymnbooks already inside, and many of the hymns or songs will come up on the screen.

Music The music we sing at FSC is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of previous centuries and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. We prefer congregational singing, which emphasises the gathered church singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music.

Body of Service Our services are led most often by our pastor or assistant pastor or sometimes by another member. During this time, we sing several songs, are led in prayer, and listen to the reading of the Bible.

Sermons  Sermons usually last around half an hour, are based on a Bible verse or verses and are packed with material for reflection. The sermons usually follow a series from the Bible and can be re-heard later, either online or by asking for a CD. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After the Sermon We sing a hymn that often sums up the theme of the sermon, followed by a prayer, and then take our seats once more for a brief moment of silent reflection. A typical morning service is finished by 12.15 pm and a typical evening service by 7.15 pm. In the evening we provide light refreshments immediately after the service to encourage fellowship. An hour later, you might still find people chatting over the sermon and events of the past week.