What to expect
Come just as you are
We don't expect you to wear your Sunday best or put on a show, just come as you are. Come if you are lonely, come if you are bubbly, come if you are broken, come if you have everything together. Just come as you are and of course, wear what makes you comfortable. Aim to arrive 15 minutes before 10 so you can get settled and check in.
You are welcome here
God welcomes all people into his presence through the good news of Jesus, and so you are welcome here. You are welcome if you are single or if you are married or if you have kids or if you wish you had kids. You are welcome if you are female or male or queer or if you like hugging trees. You are welcome whatever your story is or however old you are or whether you already believe in Jesus or are unsure, because God wants to draw you into his story that saves and transforms us into all that he made us to be.
It's all about Jesus whom we worship
We are Jesus people so it's all about Jesus. Nothing matters more than coming to know and believe in Jesus and His Gospel, and when we meet Jesus, nothing stays the same. We will celebrate the Lord's Supper, sing new and old worship songs that are new and old, to move our hearts and minds to depend on God. There will be some things that may feel different, but all our worship tries to edify the whole person. Worship is about more than me and my preferences, it is about glorifying God, Father, Son, and Spirit, and in doing we are transformed into the image of Jesus.
God has something to say
God’s word is life-changing not just for us but for everyone. As we worship we will hear God’s prophetic voice speaking into today's reality, connecting with our culture and the way we live. So you will hear us read from the Bible and unpack that in the sermon. Our preaching is Bible-based, Christ-centered and culturally engaging, seeking to engage the hearts and minds of visitors and regulars and draw them closer to Jesus who saves and calls us to obey him.
We cry out to God to change us
Since we cannot change ourselves or each other, we pray, we raise our voices in prayer for it is God who changes us and saves us. Pray is just talking to God like we would talk to each other, and we pray about everything, our needs, our triumphs, the world around us, and of course in prayer we praise God who redeems and justifies us in Jesus and shows us the way to live.
We are a small community with a mix of ages who have come to know each other as God's family. While many of us are on the older side, we have a heart to reach young people with the good news of Jesus. Together we hope to be a church that unchurched people want to belong to as we journey to know Jesus and make Jesus known.
The worship gathering lasts for 70-75 minutes, and you are welcome to stay afterwards for some morning tea and to meet the person you were sitting next to. There is ample parking on the street around St James, and a few spaces available onsite for those with access needs.
Here's what the inside of our worship space looks like