Your First Visit
Our service begins at 11:00 am on Sunday and lasts about 60-75 minutes. Children are always welcome in the service, though there are programs for children during the service (see here), and there is a room in the back of our large room that you can take them into during the main talk so that they can move around and make noise without disturbing anyone if you like.
One of the first things you'll notice is that everyone is dressed comfortably, most often quite casually. Your program will give you a rundown of what to expect in the service, along with the scriptures we'll be referring to that day.
Opening Songs & Announcement
Our band will open up the service with a song, and then we'll mention a few announcements.
Each week a member of our speaking team will give a 30 to 40 minute message (click here to listen online). The messages offer practical insights and are punctuated by personal stories. Often the messages are illustrated by some performed music or drama or a clip from a pertinent movie.
We receive a lot of encouraging feedback about how vibrant and relevant people typically find the messages to be.
After the message, whoever's speaking usually prays for the congregation along the lines of message and, if you're interested, you'll have the opportunity to receive one-on-one prayer from a team of people trained in praying for people.
Worship with a Rock, Gospel and Reggae Feel
Those who don't ask for prayer will enter into a time of lively worship of God in song led by some gifted musicians. Vineyard music is known for being contemporary and dynamic so, for instance, we have a band rather than a choir and an organ. Each music set is chosen from eclectic traditions, including rock, folk, gospel, reggea, latin and hymns. Some people may physically express their praise through raised hands, movement, and loud singing and shouts – others are still and quiet. There is no pressure on you either way.
Communion & Donations
We serve communion every week during the first song after the talk. If you're a follower of Jesus you're invited to join in, or you can sit back and enjoy a song from the band. We get told that those tend to be powerful times, whether you take communion or not. On the way out, there is a donation box for anyone that would like to do that, though our hope is that our visitors won't give, but will regard themselves as our guests.