How should I dress?
Come in whatever you are comfortable wearing. Most people are casually dressed, some folks will be in suit and tie, others wearing their favourite jumper and jeans. We have no expectation of what you “should” wear.
There are families, teenagers, singles, couples, retired folks, students, pensioners, divorcees, folks from all walks of life. You may well see a familiar face or two if you live in Uddingston or Bothwell, although we also have members from further afield, such as Blantyre and Hamilton.Some folks have been worshipping at Park all their lives, others have recently joined with us – there is room for all, no matter whether you are a committed Christian, used to go to church a long time ago, or are simply seeking something more to life.
What should I expect when I arrive?
Someone will greet you at the front door and hand you a small flyer telling you what songs we will be singing and what part of the Bible we will be teaching that day. You are welcome to sit wherever you like - there are no seats that are designated for certain people. We don’t uplift an ‘offering’ or ‘collection’during the service – if you would like to bring a money offering to God as part of your worship, there are some offering plates just inside the inner glass doors.
What happens at a typical gathering?
We spend some time at the start singing praise to God. The words are always up on the video screen and you may join in as you feel comfortable. We sing a mixture of older, traditional hymns and modern praise, led by either piano or organ. The children are with us for the start of the service. There is a space for babies and young children to play at the front left of the church, and they are most welcome. Just before the sermon, the babies, children and teenagers go through to the back hall and upstairs lounge to meet and engage with the Bible in groups alongside others their own age. We always open and read the Bible. Feel free to bring your own (we use the NIV version), or there are Bibles in church which you can find near your seat. There is teaching from the Bible, brought usually by the minister, either in one sermon or broken up into two or three parts interspersed by a song or hymn. After the teaching we have a time when the financial offerings are brought forward and there is a prayer. There is then a final song and an invitation to stay for tea, coffee or juice and a biscuit in the hall after the service. Communion, the ancient act of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross, takes place roughly four times per year on the first Sundays of March, June, September and December. This is not a private service – you are welcome to join with us, whoever you are!
How long will the service last?
The service starts at 10.30am and is usually finished by 12 noon. You are welcome to join with us, whoever you are!
What happens at the end of service?
When we wrap things up, we have an informal time where you are invited for some coffee, tea or juice. It’s a great time to have a chat and make some new friends. At Park there are always new folks around – please don’t be shy. Come and introduce yourself to us and you will find a warm welcome.
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