What to expect in worship…
There are services on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:40am, and Tuesday communion every second month at 11:30am. For for information about them all, read on….
Sunday 9:00 am TRADITIONAL SERVICE
What to expect: The Traditional service is especially good for those who prefer a more predictable approach to Sunday worship. We begin the service with an introit, during which the Bible is brought in and the Christ candle lit. Through the service we sing four or five songs, usually traditional hymns accompanied by the organ, and mostly from the hymn book “Together in Song”. Apart from the middle of winter, a choir provides an anthem during the service. (The choir is open to new members, for anyone interested; they practice on Wednesday afternoons). There is a Bible reading, which is unpacked in an approximately 10 minute sermon, and a time for prayer to which members of the congregation often contribute prayer requests.
On the first Sunday of the month the service includes Holy Communion. On the third Sunday of the month there is often some extra singing before the start of the service, practicing some new music or enjoying some old favourites. On the fourth Sunday of the month, during the service there is usually an opportunity for people to come to the front pew and quietly receive some personal, healing prayer.
The service goes for about an hour and is followed by morning tea.
Sunday 10:40 am CONTEMPORARY SERVICE
For the Contemporary service, there is no need to dress formally (not that that’s required for the Traditional service either!) The service has people of all ages joining in. We have a variety of worship leaders, which means that each week can be a bit different. We usually start with a few songs (not older hymns), led by a band and a couple of singers. If you don’t know the songs, they are usually not too hard to pick up or just to listen to. There’s usually a story early on which is aimed to especially include younger children, who later can be involved with a small group doing age-appropriate reflection activities. Often there is some input in the form of a ten-minute sermon; sometimes it is more ‘conversational’ with opportunities for discussion in small groups, or in personal reflection. Usually someone will lead some prayers; sometimes this might include images on the screen or an invitation to light tapers or name concerns aloud. Participation is encouraged in various ways. We conclude with a blessing and a song, and an invitation to share some morning tea.
On the first and third Sundays, the service includes a time when we gather around a table to share Holy Communion as a tangible expression of God’s love and inclusion – breaking bread together, remembering Jesus breaking bread with his disciples and his giving of himself in faith and love.
Sunday 5:30 pm OPEN
On the first Sunday of the month, “Open” is a group for young adults providing support and conversation around matters of mental health, faith, and life.
A communion service is held at 11:30 on the first Tuesday of every second month for those who have difficulty getting to Sunday mornings. It is always followed by a fellowship lunch together. This is a fairly short service (about half an hour), which includes Bible reading, reflection, prayer and a couple of hymns. Please contact Jacqui in the office if you would like to come along, just so that we can ensure that we cater enough for lunch.
CHINESE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH
A Chinese congregation, the Evangelical Community Church Frankston, meets at the church on Sunday afternoons. For more information see their website, www.eccs.org.au.