Coming for the first time

Coming along to a church for the first time

Coming along to a church for the first time (particularly if you’re not used to it) can be a little daunting but we hope that you feel right at home among us. You’ll receive a warm welcome and the people who greet you will try and answer any questions you have. We want to help people grow in the life that they’ve been created to have through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Here at Monkton and Prestwick North we enjoy enthusiastic and passionate music, as well as down to earth teaching from the bible.

When you arrive you’ll be met at the door and receive information about what’s happening that day and in the next few weeks.  If you would like, someone will show you to a seat but you can sit wherever you like, we don’t have special seats for people, but we do have some help for special people – we have wheelchair access with ramps into both buildings, audio loops, large print bibles and baby changing facilities.  As you enter the sanctuary, you’ll see that we have no pulpit and it’s actually nice and bright – perhaps not what you expected.

We try to make sure there is something for all ages during the service. Whether you wear a suit and tie, jeans and a t-shirt, or anything in between, you’ll fit in just fine. Dress is not the focus – God is.

We begin our Sunday services by worshiping God through song. The music is mostly modern, with an occasional old hymn. Sing with us, if you like, or take in the music quietly—either way, it’s aimed at helping us think about God.  And, yes, there’s a sermon, because our celebration of God’s love is not complete if we don’t truly engage with God’s word and hear His voice. We are challenged, guided and encouraged and we learn a bit more about God, about the bible, and about ourselves.

After the service, join us for coffee in the hall, or just head off for lunch, it’s up to you. We will not pressure you to do something you don’t want to do, because we don’t like it if people do that to us.

So, we invite you to come and take it all in for yourself. Join us this next Sunday at 11am at the church.

Service times and places

Our main service is at 11 am every Sunday morning in the Church on Monkton Road, Prestwick.

We have two other events during the month which take place at Monkton Community Church, Main Street, Monkton and uses the cafe and hall there:

The Gathering – an informal service on the 2nd Sunday of the month which starts with food at 4pm and finishes by 6pm.  We eat together because it gives time to chat and get to know each other better.  Around 5pm we get together in the hall and have an interactive service with a game or quiz, songs and a short talk.  This service is for people of every age and is often lead by some of our young people.

Messy Church – from 4-6pm on the 4th Sunday of each month.  Aimed mainly at families, but suitable for anyone, Messy Church is great fun.  Again we start with food and then there are craft activities, cooking, games and a story.

 

None of our church services are very formal but if you come to the Gathering or Messy Church you'll find it very relaxed and interactive.  People will still meet you and explain what's happening and you are free to join in as much or as little as you want, although we hope you'll join in because you'll get more from it if you do.