services

 

Format
Typically our service begins with a continuation of the family atmosphere created in the breakfast and throughout the Bible Class, starting with announcements.

 

This is followed by singing, and an opening prayer. We then take the Lord's Supper (i.e. 'Communion'), the main focus of the worship service, which is then followed by the collection and the sermon. The sermon is delivered by one of the men in the congregation and generally, lasts around 20 - 30 minutes.

 

As a congregation we usually follow this regular order of service, although it is by no means set in stone. In keeping with the family atmosphere at Castlemilk we like to vary the format. Often we have organised devotionals, where the Lord's Supper is sandwiched in between praising God in song, Bible readings and prayer. On other occasions we sometimes substitute the sermon with a Bible reading.

 

Regardless of our format, our focus always stays the same: praising and worshiping God and recognising Jesus' sacrifice for our sins in the Lord's Supper.

 

Sermon
The sermons delivered at Castlemilk have a reputation of being edifying, passionate, uplifting and challenging. The congregation is blessed to have as many talented speakers, especially for a congregation that is relatively small.

 

The preaching follows what you might call a 'sermon diet'. That is, the scheduled speakers preach upon an assigned topic. We feel this is extremely important and beneficial, as it brings a structure and theme to our meetings as opposed to a random serving of lessons. Members are able to access the schedule and see who is preaching, and on what at any given time from our worship schedule.

 

Lords Supper
The Bible commands us to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on a weekly basis, and of course we follow suit. Before we 'break bread' one of the men guides our thoughts with some meaningful comments or Bible reading, usually lasting around ten minutes. This helps set the tone and thus makes the experience more poignant.

 

Many visitors who have come to our morning worship are impressed by our singing, our passion and the spirit in which everything is done. We believe the experience at Castlemilk is truly unique. Come alone and find out for yourself, we'd love to have you.

 

 

Out With The Old
The term 'Evening Service' is a little misleading, since we do not actually have a service as such. Granted, we do meet together at 6pm each Sunday night, but the evening meeting is very different from the morning service.

 

We felt that the traditional Sunday evening service, was no more that a repeat of the morning service. Besides feeling old, we felt that this was detracting somewhat from the poignancy of the morning service, so for these reasons we decided to change things around.

 

Our Activities
For Sunday nights, we have a schedule of activities, around nine or so. However, these activities, nor the order in which they are carried out, are not set in stone. Invariably, the program gives way to other more pressing needs, should any arise.

 

Our activities include singing, praying, devotionals, building care, talks from the younger and lesser experienced men, Bible Question & Answers and Bible quizzes. The format of each activity is run at the discretion of whoever is guiding the activity that night. No matter what we decide to do, we always have refreshments at the end of every Sunday night meeting. Caroline serves up tea, coffee, juice and plenty of biscuits! The setting for our meetings is friendly, informal and family orientated.

 

Having a Night Out
Occasionally we cancel Sunday night meetings so that we can participate in other activities, generally with our House Groups. This could be catching a movie, eating out, fellowshipping at a memberís house or ten-pin bowling. Just whatever takes our fancy.

 

Whatever we decide to do, we do it under the banner of Christ and God is no less honoured than if we had a formal meeting. Come along and join in the fun!