The Church is a kind of family, and this means all people are important to us, including children.
To start off our weekly gathering, we have about 15 minutes of family time, during which, there are activities such as poole, hoopla, craft activities. These activities are mostly aimed at kids but the adults are keen to join in. It's a great time to catch up to develop relationships with everyone - even between the very youngest to the very oldest.
We believe children are an important part of the church, hence why we do our best to include them. After the family time, we have a childrens focus for around 10 minutes which includes a childrens talk and a song, which both the children and adults join in participating.
At the end of the childrens focus, the children aged 0-5 go to the crèche. Parents should feel free to keep their children with them throughout the service if they prefer, or to accompany their children to the crèche to help settle them down. However, we respectfully ask parents to return to the main service once their child is settled. This is part of our Child Protection Policy which states that only Church approved members who have undergone proper Police checks (Data Barring Service (DBS Checks)) are allowed to be with children and vulnerable adults. This means you, as a parent can have confidence that whatever adults are out with the children, they have been properly screened and trained.
Ephesians 5 tells us "be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
and this is what we do in this part of the service by singing a couple of songs. The person at the front will guide through the singing, asking the congregation to stand. This is a 'general leading' and you should not feel you must stand or sing. Again, participate so far a you would like to.
We then have a short time of prayer. Though not restricted to this time, it is specifically designated as an opportunity to pray. The congregation will be led by the person leading the service. The person leading the service may invite the congregation to pray out if they would like to, so don't be surprised if the person sitting next to you begins to pray out. You are welcome to join in or quietly observe.
Next we have the mornings reading from the Bible, a passage which will later be the basis for a talk or sermon given.
After the Bible reading, children ages 5-13 go out for their own activities where they will learn in a fun and relevant way about Jesus and the Bible. Once the children have gone, there will then be a sermon from the Bible which lasts up to about 30 minutes.
The sermon is followed by a Response time. This is an opportunity to respond to what we have heard. This usually happens through worshipping God in song. We will sing up to 3 songs at this point and will have opportunity to reflect quietly on what we believe The Lord Jesus has spoken to us through the message.
The service is usually closed with prayer and an invitation to join us for tea, coffee and a chat. This is a great opportunity to discuss what we've heard and a chance get to know one another a little more.
New Life Church Brighton is an independant evangelical church situated in Moulsecoomb, North-East Brighton. We know there are many different kinds of people here in Brighton - you might wonder if Church is for you. The Church is for all people and we love diversity! We love Brighton and its people so please check us out - you will be very welcome!