Visiting

FOR VISITORS

If you are new to the Gladstone region or just passing through, we’d like you to make our church family your church family

To help you find the information you need to be comfortable about who we are, we have provided a lot of information in the links in the “About Us” box to the right –

Here’s a quick snapshot of The Gladstone Church of Christ. 

  • We are an evangelical mainstream church.
  • We meet Sunday mornings at 9:30am at Shed19.
  • What to expect – Descriptions of our Sunday morning service – see further down the page.
  • Google direction links are displayed on the Location page and in all page footers.
  • The purpose of our church is “to make disciples of Jesus”.
  • Our mission is “to offer Christ’s hope, to express God’s love”.
  • Our vision is “to be a Christ-centred community of faith that meets people’s real needs and invites them into a relationship with Jesus.”
  • While we as Churches of Christ do not have a set statement of beliefs, to help you understand us better we have made a statement of our values and beliefs.
  • Preaching & teaching are bible based, and made relevant for the here & now. Sermons are recorded and available on our sermon page.
  • We are associated with the Churches of Christ in QLD .
  • Everyone needs help to feel connected – we have small groups (we call them Life Groups) to help you experience a sense of belonging.
  • There are plenty of opportunities for service and ways you can volunteer.

What to Expect

It is not easy to visit a new church for the first time, so we want to be as helpful as we can and make your experience a happy and meaningful one.

So here is some information to help you feel comfortable and therefore able to concentrate on what God might be saying to you during the service.

Our location page will help you know where we are and how to get there.

Sunday Service

Our Sunday morning service is at 9:30am and lasts for about 90 minutes. We have morning tea afterwards and we value this important time of fellowship as we connect and encourage each other.  We encourage you to join us.

Worship Style

All of our services are designed to give you an opportunity to connect with God in a meaningful way. Our praise and worship is not very formal and we don’t follow any form of liturgy.  The aim of our worship time is to meet with God; to experience His love anew and to express our love to Him; to hear from Him and to honour Him; to strengthen our relationship with Him.

We exalt one Saviour – Jesus Christ; we proclaim one message – His Gospel; and our purpose is to demonstrate His love to our world and introduce others to Jesus. We desire our Sunday worship services to pull our attentions and affections away from artificial objects of worship – money, careers, relationships, approval, power, and control, among other things – and set our hearts on God. Our worship strives to be uplifting yet warm and personal.

 During the Service

Children:
A Parenting room is available for those needing to care for very young children.

On your arrival
When you arrive you will be met at the door by an Elder who will greet you and give you a copy of our church newsletter for that week and a Welcome Pack. In this pack there is a card for you to fill in if you’d like us to make contact with you or pray for a particular concern of yours. It can be placed in the offering bags later in the service, or given back to the Elder or a Pastor in the foyer after the service.

During the service
A Worship Leader guides the church through the first part of the service, and will announce songs and provide any necessary instructions. The words of the songs and the text of any Bible readings are usually projected onto a large screen at the front of the building.

This is a personal time for you and God to communicate. We have a live worship band with upbeat praise and worship as well as providing for more intimate songs of worship. People worship in their own unique way – for many, that means singing & clapping, and for others it means quietly reflecting on the words. You’re welcome to worship in a manner that you are comfortable with.

Communion

Each week, we celebrate Communion together. Communion is a special time for Christians. We typically use a loaf of bread (Gluten free biscuits are also available) and non-alcoholic juice as the emblems of Jesus’ body and blood that was given for our forgiveness. As we recall his suffering, death, and resurrection, we recommit ourselves to following him. Anyone who loves Jesus and is wanting to follow him is welcome to participate, otherwise just let it pass by you to the next person. Communion is served to your seat by ushers. Eat the bread when you are ready.  We ask you hold the cup of juice until all are served so we can drink that together. Learn more about Communion on Our Practices page.

The offering or collection
Each week we worship God with our tithes, gifts and offerings. As a guest, please do not feel any pressure to give. This is an act of worship for our regular people, allowing them to thank God for all of his provisions and the great work he is doing in their lives. It also gives the church the means to reach more people for Christ both locally and abroad. The offerings are collected by the ushers in a bag that is passed along each row of seats.

The sermon or message
Each week, a preacher presents a relevant, easy to understand message that is Bible based and is designed to be helpful in your everyday life. We trust that these messages will help you develop a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and provide a strong biblical foundation for your life. Sometimes the sermons are given as a series over a number of weeks. You can watch or listen to our sermons or catch up on one, if you missed part of a series, by visiting our Sermons page.

At the end of the service there will be an opportunity to personally respond to God’s call, to ask for help and prayer, or to enquire further about the Christian faith.

After the service
After the service, feel free to stay and grab a cool drink or a cup of tea or coffee and chat with some of our people. This is a great opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions you may have. This is served in foyer area.

Questions?

You can get more information about the church and our activities by exploring this website or contacting the church office.

You can also learn more by catching up with any of our Elders, Pastors or church family.

 

Special Needs Facilities

The church property is relatively flat and wheelchair friendly. We have 2 designated parking spaces for the disabled. Cars may also be parked close to the front doors of the worship centre to disembark the frail and those with limited mobility and walkers.