What Is Church?
A church is just an assembly or gathering of people!
It is not a building (Although we have one). The building is where the people (the church) meet together.
Garthdee Church is a group of people who come together in order to collectivelymeet and pray, sing songs, listen to stories from the Bible, listen to a message for today’s world. All of which brings about a sense of belonging. The best way to find out who we are is to come along and see for yourself.
When you arrive, you will be met by members of our welcome team. The team are made up of ordinary folk. They will also give you an “order of service” leaflet setting out the structure of the service. The team members can also help you find a seat in the main sanctuary of the church. Maybe even introduce you to someone so you are not sitting alone. Our hope is that you are able to enjoy being relaxed and find peace.
The Church Service
Organists accompany the singing which includes a range of styles both traditional and contemporary hymns. You will also notice that we use CDs for many of our songs and during the time for reflection before and after the service.
The Service leader will also give a short talk based on a Bible message. This can help us understand both it’s meaning and how it helps us in our day to day life.
We do serve tea and coffee at the end of each service in our little café area. Although there is no pressure we would be pleased for you to join us and get to know more about who we are as people.
However, if that is not possible our minister will be standing at the door to say goodbye. Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself.
What’s The Dress Code?
There isn’t one! What you wear is entirely up to you and what you feel comfortable wearing.
I Have a Disability
Our front entrance is completely accessible. We have ramp access for the side door and an accessible toilet. However, at the moment, there are still three small stairs between the main church and our café and church halls. Please ask if you need any assistance with these steps.
If you wear a hearing aid please adjust it to the appropriate setting to benefit from the hearing system. Usually, this would be the “T” setting.
If you have poor eyesight we have a number of large print hymn books and Bibles. If you are offered the standard size print please do ask for a large print.
When Do I Sit or Stand?
Generally, we would stand at the beginning and end of the Service when a Church member takes the Bible to and from the lectern. But don’t worry about it. Just follow the lead of those around you. However, if have problems standing then just remain seated. A number of other congregation members already do that.
What About Money?
We do uplift an offering during the Service. This is done by passing a plate along the rows. However, please do not feel under any pressure to contribute at any time. If you decide to come along on a regular basis and you make a decision to contribute by giving money then do so.
Alternatively, if you feel you want to contribute some time to the work of the church then please speak to our minister or one of the elders.
Make yourself known to us. As you get to know us you will hear stories from other folk just like you.