Here are some commonly asked questions and hopefully some helpful answers. Wherever you are from, whatever your background, old, young or somewhere in between we would be delighted to welcome you to Lossiemouth United Free Church.
We know church can be an intimidating place the first time you visit, especially if you are not sure what to expect. So let us give you an idea of what a ‘normal’ Sunday service consists of…
As a congregation we have folks that are young, others retired, some in between, there are those that have grown up in the church and yet others that have started coming along in later life. We have those new in their faith and those that have been on the journey for many years but together we are one big family who would be delighted to see you and welcome you into our fellowship.
What to expect
When you arrive at Lossiemouth United Free Church you can expect to be greeted with a warm welcome at the door. The person at the door will also give you one of our song books so you can take part in worship (songs may also be up on the screen) and there are bibles on the pews so you can follow the bible readings during the service. We use the ESV (English Standard Version) translation for public reading but whatever version you prefer we encourage you to bring it along with you. You are welcome to sit in any seat as none of our seats are ‘reserved’ for particular people. There is not a ‘collection’ during the service and you are under no obligation to give financially but if you do wish to give as part of your worship there are plates at the foyer as you enter the church where we would be glad to receive your gifts. We are always glad to see new faces in our congregation and we hope that you will blessed during your time with us.
The service begins with a welcome and announcements of what is happening in the church. We then sing hymns together to praise God and usually have a mixture of traditional and modern worship. At points in the service portions of the Bible that will be spoken about that day will be read and there will be times of prayer led by the minister. There will be a time when the minister speaks to the young people in the congregation (or those young at heart) after which they are welcome to join in our youth classes. The teaching for that day may be all together or may be given as two or three shorter thoughts. We finish our service with a song and a prayer. We stand to sing and stay seated for prayer apart for the final prayer (Benediction) which we remain standing for after the final hymn.
Our morning service begins at 11am and we meet in the vestry at 5:30pm for prayer with the evening service starting at 6pm. Each of our services last for approximately 1 hour.
What to wear?
Please come in what you are comfortable wearing whether that’s your favourite jeans and t-shirt or maybe you prefer a suit, it’s up to you. We have people who wear both (although not at the same time) or somewhere in between.
We hope that we have answered your questions and we look forward to seeing you at one of our services.