“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am there among them.” Matt: 18:20
We value our worship space as a sanctuary where we can learn more from God’s Word and be connected with Him and with each other, both young or old. Worship time usually lasts about an hour.
The Evening Services are relaxed and informal and lead by Village Church.
Special Services are held for Easter and Christmas. In years gone by, there have been special services for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, St Paul’s special anniversaries in May (anniversary of the dedication of the building on 5 May 1889) and in August (anniversary of the formation of the congregation on 20 August 1863).
We follow a traditional format for the morning and evening services with hymns, prayers, children’s segment (during school holidays), Bible reading and a message from God’s Word.
The message at these services helps us explore the Bible’s teachings and challenges us to model our lives on Jesus Christ and His ways.
Pre-COVID, we used to provide Bibles in the pews so that we could follow along as it is read aloud by one of our members. Now the text goes up on a screen.
We sing a mix of traditional hymns and some newer songs for worship. The pipe organ accompanies us at the morning service. Music is one of God’s special gifts to individuals and our worship is sometimes enriched by musical contributions provided by our church choir.
Our prayers are all encompassing – we praise God and give thanks for all His goodness, seek forgiveness for our wrongs, pray for the needs of the world and for other people, those known to us as well as unknown, and we petition God for our own needs.
On the first Sunday of March, June, September and December we celebrate The Lord’s Supper (Communion) at the 9:30 am service and those present who love the Lord Jesus are invited to share in this.
As regulars at St Paul’s, our monetary offering each week is best made as a direct deposit, but alternatively at the end of the worship service there is opportunity to give a physical offering into our special container or use the EFT machine. This is our way of giving something back to God for all His provisions to us. If visitors wish to do the same we are grateful but on the other hand, they need feel no embarrassment or obligation if it is outside their means or desire to give.
Members of the Flower Guild beautify the sanctuary area each week with floral arrangements. Special floral tributes are sometimes arranged in response to a donor’s request in memory of loved ones.
The evening service is contemporary in format, style and music. It is conducted by Village church and a meal is shared afterwards in the adjacent church hall for a good time of fellowship.