What Are We?
What are we?
We are a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland. This means that we are reformed and confessional in our theology, presbyterian in our church governance and evangelistic in our outlook.
What do we believe?
We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments are uniquely the verbally inspired Word of God in their entirety. These books are the final authority for faith and life, since they are breathed out by God. We further believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith is a good summary of what the Bible teaches and we hold it as our confession and subordinate standard, though it does not carry the weight of Scripture.
We believe in the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit - one God, three persons. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ, God the Son, is the only means by which a person may be saved.
We believe that the news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again is the best news anyone can ever hear, the most important thing we can share with others, the most transforming thing we can ever realise and utterly relevant to everyone, everywhere. We seek to be involved and engaged with our local communities as we live out our Christian calling. For more on what this means, read our vision statement.
What Should I expect?
Going to church for the first time, or even just going to a different church from the one we are used to, can be a bit scary or confusing. It really doesn't have to be though. Nobody will expect you to know when to sit or stand, and nobody will mind if you don't! There is no dress code, wear what you like. God is more interested in you than your outfits, and so are we.
Our services don't always follow exactly the same order, but broadly they will include the following.:
Singing: Praising God is a big part of our congregational worship. It isn't mandatory to sing, and no one will force you, but we would encourage everyone to join in and we hope you will want to. At the services in the church building our praise is mostly sung a-Capella (without musical instruments) and consists mainly of metric versions of the Psalms. This reflects the traditional cultural style of the Free Church. At the 12 noon service we usually also include a paraphrase of scripture, again sung unaccompanied. At the Capstone services our singing is accompanied with instruments and will include other hymns as well as Psalms and the style is more contemporary.
Prayer: Whoever is leading the service normally leads in prayer, with the rest of the congregation joining in silently. This is our chance to come before God with our concerns, as well as to acknowledge his greatness and goodness to us. Prayers normally conclude with "Amen" (Hebrew for "let it be so"), believers normally respond in kind to show accord, though it's up to you whether you do this out loud or not.
Reading: A portion from the Bible will be read. Sometimes more than one. This reading will be the core around which the service is built.
Teaching: The person leading the service will "preach" from the passage which has been read. This just means that they will give a talk explaining, expanding and unpacking the text. They will also give an application of what the teaching in the passage means for us. This is usually called the sermon.
Most of our services last about an hour in total. They are often followed by the opportunity to grab a tea or coffee and chat to folk. If you'd like more information, please, get in touch.