First Time Guests
From the moment you step in the door you will find friendly people who are genuinely happy to see you and will help you with anything you need. We serve coffee and tea from 10.30am so if you come early you get a chance to chat. The worship service starts at 11am and we use contemporary music to enhance our worship of God. The talk/sermon comes with notes, big screen images, and sometimes video, and all with one aim; to give you something on Sunday that you can use on Monday. We use the Bible and personal experience to provide you with talks that are relevant to your daily life. The whole style is informal and most people dress casually. Just come as you are!
If you are thinking about coming along for the first time or you are not a regular church-goer, some of the things you see or hear might seem unfamiliar to you. This page aims to give you a bit of an insight into why we do the things we do.
The praise and worship (the singing bit)
Singing has always been a part of the Christian church service. Unlike ‘Karaoke’ however, it is not about who has the best voice or who can sing the loudest, it is about focusing on God and using words and music creatively to express our devotion to him. At Clyde Valley we love music and have some great musicians. We like it loud and we like to enjoy it too! The songs are usually easy to pick up and the words are projected on the screens, so join in when you feel comfortable.
The talk/sermon (the one person talking bit)
We believe the Bible is inspired by God and contains relevant and helpful instruction for all areas of our lives.
It isn’t always easy to understand, but God’s plan for Christians and for those who are beginning to realise that God is interested in them, is that they should learn from the Bible and be encouraged in their faith.
The talk/sermon (for lack of a more modern word) is the part of the service where a section or sections of the Bible are explained to teach us more about God, how he relates to people and how we can best live our lives.
The offering (the money bit)
We don’t expect guests to contribute but just so you know what’s going on. During the last song a basket is passed around for regular members to put in the money they wish to give to the church (in an envelope). But a lot give by standing order so don’t put anything in, and guests are not expected to put anything in, so don’t feel obliged.
This is also an opportunity to hand in the response card everyone receives in their programmes, which is a chance for you to let us know who you are, give us feedback on the service, and/or ask us to pray for something for you.
If there is anything you want to ask about our service that you do not understand or want explained more fully please do not hesitate to ask!