Since Christians began meeting together almost 2000 years ago it has been normal to meet together at least once a week on a Sunday. There are many reasons that this is important, not least of which is the opportunity to learn more about God and his plan for our lives as we study the Bible together. In the book of Acts (chapter 2, verse 42) we are told that the early Christians continued doing four things in particular;
- They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine (that is what was believed by Jesus’ disciples)
- They continued to fellowship with each other (they knew it was important to meet with others who believed the same)
- They continued to break bread (they continued to share communion with each other, as Jesus had commanded them to)
- They continued to pray (both talking to, and listening to God)
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
– Acts 2:42
These four things are key for any church today, and so we take care to continue in these things too – as well as taking time to praise and worship God. There are a variety of meetings at DCF and some include all these things – some focus more on a specific reason for meeting (such as our weekly prayer meeting).
What you can expect at our Sunday morning service
Each Sunday we meet at 10:30am, and most folks arrive around 10:15am. You can be sure of a warm welcome, and at around 10:30am we begin with a time of praise where we sing to God – thanking and praising Him for all He has done for us. The time of worship is led by the DCF Band and we sing both modern worship songs (from worship leaders such as Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Scott Cunningham, Kari Jobe etc) and also older hymns (such as well known hymns like Amazing grace, How great Thou art, What a friend we have in Jesus etc). The style of music is best described as contemporary, but not raucous – with acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass and occasionally keyboard or cornet, as well as vocals.
Following our time of praise we have a short time where everyone has an opportunity to share what God has been doing in their lives that week – it’s an opportunity for anyone to ask for prayer, or to share answers to prayer – and also a chance to encourage each other with news of the conversations we may have had about God during the week, or to talk about what God is doing in our lives for the purpose of encouraging each other and giving glory to God.
After the sharing time, the children under 11 head out to their Sunday school classes (ages 3 and up) with the Sunday school teachers, or to the creche (0-3 years) with their parents while the youth and adults continue with a time of prayer, and a short time of praise followed by our weekly Bible study usually taught by our pastor which lasts for around 40 minutes – all our recent studies and more can be found from the teaching menu at the top of each page.
We end our services with a short time of praise (usually a single song) and prayer and then spend time together with each other (we like to call it our church family) for a while over tea/coffee and a biscuit or two. There’s no set time that the doors are closed, but typically the service finishes around 12.15pm and everyone leaves by around 1pm.
We would love to see you at our Sunday morning service and there is no dress code to follow as such – everyone dresses as they feel is appropriate and/or comfortable.
More about our time of Bible study
We believe it is really important to understand what the Bible says – after all there is a reason that God has given it to us, and that is as our instruction manual for life. The Bible is a collection of books (66 in total) that we believe were written under inspiration directly from God, and so we take the time to study each book chapter by chapter, verse by verse – which means we have to study the difficult and challenging parts as well as the easy parts too. We started doing this as a church around 10 years ago, and we’re not done yet – but once we’ve studied it all we will begin again.
Currently we are studying the book of Ruth on a Sunday morning – and you can find our recent studies here, along with those from mid-week Bible studies from the last few years.
On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the communion just as Jesus told us to do to remember Him and what he has done for us in dying in our place on the cross. Anyone is welcome to celebrate with us – we don’t have a church membership, a process or piece of paper you need to sign to be able to do this – though the Bible does warn that it should be done sincerely and with a right heart toward God. We don’t offer communion to those under secondary school age, but instead pray for/with them.
Still have questions?
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