What to Expect
Visiting a church for the first time can be daunting so we try to make Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church as welcoming as we can to everyone. We’re a pretty laid back bunch of people who come from a great variety of life situations, backgrounds and nations. We range in age from zero to around 90. Our services are quite relaxed and informal, while still being structured enough to help us focus on our awesome Creator God and His plan to save people through Jesus. If you’re coming for the first time, here’s what to expect.
You will find the main auditorium down the stairs or ramp from the car park off Mortimer Road. There is a second parking area off Postle Street. You should be welcomed by someone at the front door and hopefully they’ll be able to answer any questions you might have about Church. You’ll notice that everyone is dressed pretty comfortably, in anything from semi-formal to shorts and t-shirts.
Our Sunday Morning Church services (9am & 10.45am) usually consists of:
- Singing praises to our God and Saviour Jesus, using a variety of songs from contemporary upbeat to more traditional hymns. Our songs are carefully chosen to ensure they focus on Jesus and His saving work on the Cross.
- Prayers led by service leaders and other members of our church family, to express adoration and thanks to God, and bring our concerns to Him.
- Children’s Church (Prep to grade 6) commences soon after the beginning of the 9am and 1045am services. The children are taught in nearby buildings in various age groupings by our dedicated teachers. For parents remaining in church with young ones there is a parenting room with a video link just off the foyer (for babies and breast feeding mums) and a larger room with audio link for parents and 2 year olds+ (behind glass windows).
- A Bible talk that comes unapologetically from the Bible. Our Pastors do their best to apply God’s word to your situation and point you to Jesus in an understandable, relevant and real way. Most often they teach through a book of the Bible over a number of weeks, with some topical issues being explored from time to time.
After the bible talk and closing songs, we encourage everyone to hang around for morning tea (including great coffee) and a chat. We hope you’ll join us one Sunday and more importantly, that you’ll choose to make this your home church. You’ll soon learn that we’re not perfect, but fortunately, we’ve been saved by the One who is.
Our Sunday evening gathering (5pm) is known as Night Church:
We kick off Night Church at 5pm with singing and a welcome from our service leader. The tone of Night Church is informal and friendly. There are times for singing, prayers, bible readings and a bible talk. Sometimes there is the opportunity to discuss questions and issues in a small group, or ask questions related to the bible talk. At the end of the night you will be welcomed to stay around and get to know us. Night Church particularly appeals to the 15-35 age bracket, but is appreciated by many of our older folk as well.
Songs we sing
We sing contemporary music from a wide variety of sources eg Sovereign Grace, Keith Getty, EMU Music, Garage Hymnal, Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.