Tel: 01236 425242
What should I wear?
Whatever you’re comfortable in. Some men wear suits and ties, others wear jeans – some ladies wear dresses and coats – others wear jeans! It really doesn’t matter – we don't judge anyone.
Where do I sit?
Anywhere you like. Although some of the congregation have their favourite spot, no one will be offended no matter where you sit. We tend to sit together in the middle of the church but if you prefer to sit to the side that’s fine.
Who goes to church?
Ordinary people. We currently have a regular congregation on a Sunday of about 40 ranging in age from 5 to 80 plus years old. We have about 8 young people under 16 attending on a regular basis. As well as the local people that attend, people come from all over Airdrie (and Coatbridge), some have been coming for a long time and some have only joined us recently. Just a fairly random mix of people!
How much does it cost?
Nothing. The Church does rely on weekly donations from the Congregation to exist but it is entirely discretional. During the service the ‘offering’ plate will be passed around, if you feel you can’t or don’t want to donate, simply pass it on to the next person. You may notice that some people use an envelope to donate, this is a scheme for those who have committed to donate every week of the year and also lets us claim tax relief on some donations – anyone can join.
How will I know what to do?
It’s really quite simple and there are only a couple of unannounced events during the service. The first one is when the Bible is carried in at the start of the service – the Congregation will stand for this as a mark of respect (only if you’re able to). Once it’s in place on the lectern, we sit down again. From there on everything else is announced by the Minister. We will normally sing about five Hymns and in between someone will read a few verses from the Bible, the Minister will say a couple of prayers and will also give a brief talk. During the service the minister or whoever is leading the service will announce that everyone will say together The Lord's Prayer. Usually, the way it is introduced is something like, "...and now hear us as we pray in the way Jesus taught his disciples, saying together...Our Father" Everyone then says, together, the old traditional version as follows:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen!
After the Benediction (blessing) at the end of the service we all sing Hymn 460 which is only a few lines – this is the only other unannounced event that takes place.
What time does it start?
We meet at 10am every Sunday morning except during August when we meet at our ‘sister’ church in Coatbridge. During the winter months we use the side door of the church for access in order to save losing heat by opening the double doors at the front.
How long does it go on for?
The service lasts on average between 45 minutes and one hour maximum. At certain times of the year or if there is something that needs to be discussed with the Congregation we will invite people to stay for refreshments in the hall but it’s completely optional.
What if I can’t sing?
You won’t be alone! Although we have a beautiful organ we don’t have anyone to play it so instead we have a digital sound source wired to a powerful Yamaha amp which effectively covers up any ‘out of tune’ moments. You can always mime – again, you won’t be alone or if you prefer – don’t sing at all just read the words – that’s where the message really is.
What about my children?
We operate a Sunday School during the service for any age of child. The Minister gives a short talk to the children and then after the second Hymn, any child is welcome to move into the hall for activities with our PVG** disclosed leaders. We have a range of toys and games to suit all ages but the children will also learn about religion in a fun way through quizzes, crafts, discussion etc as well as whatever is topical at the time for example Easter, Christmas etc.
I don’t know anyone?
You might? Airdrie is a small town and you would be amazed at how many ‘connections’ can be made once you get chatting. Either way you will be made to feel very welcome. If you would like to come and would prefer to let us know in advance or have someone meet you at the door or need more information before deciding, please contact us here
Do I need a Bible?
No. Someone will read from the bible during the service,if you would like to follow the words, bibles are provided on every row of seats and the page number will also be announced at the start of the reading. Most people prefer just to listen.
** PVG - protection of vunerable groups - background and ongoing criminal activity disclosure - enhanced checks under the Church's Safeguarding Scheme