We appreciate that going to a church for the first time can be quite overwhelming, maybe make you feel uncomfortable and can be a bit scary. We can, however, guarantee that you will be made welcome no matter who you are or whatever your background.
Maybe this is going to be your first visit to an Elim Pentecostal Church? Read on and you will find lots of information that will take some of the potential worry out of your first visit.
Where should I park?
The centre has its own private car park and there are blue badge parking bays in front of the building.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code at Elim; Some like to come in suits, others in more casual wear.
God is more interested in the heart than your outward appearance- and so are we.
Where should I sit?
There are no reserved seats; sit where you are most comfortable. Don’t worry that you may be sitting in someone else’s seat, you won’t be!
Should I bring Money?
During most of our meetings, an offering will be taken. This is for regular attendees and members.
Please feel free to let the offering basket pass you by- we do not expect visitors to contribute. Of course if you feel you would like to, we won’t refuse your offering.
What about children?
Your children are welcome to join us at all our meetings. We also have members who have all been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau who can help out if you would like a break and time to worship God without worrying about your children. There are baby changing facilities in one of the toilets also so feel free to bring the whole family.
What will happen during the meeting?
We will sing a number of songs, normally
the words will be projected on the screen at the front. Some people like to raise
their hands during this time- it’s just their way of worshipping God. Some
people might ‘speak in tongues’- again, this is their way of worshipping and it
is nothing to be afraid of. We usually stand up to sing, but you can remain
seated if you wish.
We normally have a time of open-prayer.
This gives people in the church the chance to pray out-loud. Don’t worry, you will not be asked to or expected to do this unless you wish to. Most people usually remain seated when we pray but standing up is great too. We don’t usually kneel, but you may do so if you wish.
On the 1st Sunday morning of the month we share in the Lord's Supper. (Communion) You do not have to be baptised or be a church member to eat the bread or drink the wine- we just ask that you love the Lord Jesus and understand that He died in your place on the cross. (The wine is a non-alcoholic juice)
If you do not yet know the Lord Jesus or are too young to understand who Jesus is, you will normally receive a blessing instead.
Next there is normally a Y.P. (Young Person's) Talk.
This is a bit like a sermon but it's geared for young people and easy to understand. There are fun and interesting resources given out at the end. (The older members secretly like this talk because they learn a lot from it)
Someone will then get up to preach / deliver the message. Normally they will read from the Bible, and then spend time explaining the passage and applying it to people’s lives.
How long will the meetings last?
Sunday morning typically runs from 10:30 - 11:45 (ish), and is followed by tea and coffee which is free.
What about the disabled?
The centre is wheelchair accessible, there is a ramp and an electric outside door to gain entry. There are dedicated toilet facilities for the disabled also.
What if I arrive late?
We know that lateness can’t always be avoided- especially if you’re new to the town. Simply come in and take a seat. A steward will be available on a Sunday morning to find you somewhere to sit when it gets busy.
Any further questions?
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
God will not turn anyone
away, and neither shall we.
If you are a little unsure about coming, perhaps you could bring a friend. Or you might want to email us, and someone can meet you on the door and sit with you.
Feel free to come along to our Wednesday morning drop-in first at the Hippodrome and get to know some of us and
have a coffee and break the ice.
If you have any questions when you arrive, our stewards will be pleased to help. (And don't worry about this word 'Stewards', we've got to call them something!)
We look forward to your visit with us.
Elim March is an Elim Pentecostal Church & Part of the
Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance.
Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance is a registered charity no. 251549 (England & Wales) SC037754 (Scotland