Our congregation is made up of members living in the local area in and around Dervock village. Many of us have been a part of this church for a long time, but we are glad to welcome anyone and everyone through our doors on a Lord’s Day morning or evening. Here’s what you can expect at a Sunday service:
We sing the Psalms of the Bible in worship to God:
The Psalms are a songbook, and they are part of God’s written Word. He has commanded us to sing them (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16), and for all of these reasons, we don’t believe there is anything better for us to sing! The Psalms tell us about Jesus Christ: they are songs pointing to him, songs he sang himself and songs that he used to teach others about himself (see for example Luke 24:44). We don’t believe there is anything better for us to sing today.
We have a very straightforward worship service:
One of our elders/pastors, usually Philip, leads the service each week. We sing several psalms, we pray to God, we give an offering to the God who has given so much more to us, we read the Bible and we listen to it being preached in the sermon. Everything we do in worship we do together, because we are one church family. If you are a visitor you will be provided with a psalm-book and a Bible, if you need one. You can sit wherever you like and stay for as long as you like!
We always include our children:
We run a Sabbath School before worship and encourage parents to have their children with them in the worship service from a very early age – but crèche facilities are available for toddlers. Our aim as parents and as a church family is to lead our children towards a vibrant relationship with Jesus; making them a part of our life as a church is a great way to do this. We believe God has special promises for Christian families concerning our children, which is why we baptise the infant children of believers, hoping that when they are grown, they will come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
We don’t mind what you wear, as long as you wear it!
Some of us dress more formally for worship services, others more casually, but unless you are going out of your way to be offensive or crude, we really do not mind what you wear. Some men will be wearing suits and ladies wearing dresses; others will be wearing jeans and shirts. What matters most is that we genuinely seek to worship God with our hearts and minds in a way that pleases Him.
We love each other, and not just on Sundays:
Church is about people, not buildings or routines. We meet in smaller groups during the week and are in and out of each other’s homes as well. We pray together, laugh together, hang out together and have fun together. We encourage each other in our faith and look out for each other in life’s ups and downs. And we always have room for new people.