Visiting a church for the first time can be unnerving so we hope we’ve answered your question here below, if not please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your question.
What times are the Sunday church services?
8 am, 10 am & 6 pm, visit Sundays @ St Aidan’s. 8 am service runs about an hour, 10 am and 6 pm usually run about 90 minutes. We’d love to chat to you over morning tea/supper after church.
Where are you located?
Visit our contact page for details. We’re on the corner of Hillcrest Avenue & Lansdowne Street, Hurstville Grove, the main entrance is on Hillcrest Ave. We don’t have our own carpark, so look for parking in nearby streets.
I’m not a Christian, may I come to church?
Yes, definitely! You are most welcome in our church home, we’d love to meet you. Our services are great places to experience our community, hear about God’s love and investigate the claims of Jesus.
How much does it cost to visit St Aidan’s?
FREE – There is no charge to attend our church services. We do ask our members to support us financially as part of our response to all Jesus has given us, we do not ask visitors to give money to support the ministry of St Aidan’s.
…so what do I do when the money is collected? Won’t everyone be looking at me? We generally pass around a tray/box during the last song which is announced from the front as the “offertory song”. Many of our members give electronically so you will notice many people do not put money in the tray/box and nobody will notice (or likely even look) whether you put money in or not, actually we don’t want your money we want to meet and get to know you.
What happens during the service?
Our services vary somewhat week-to-week but you can expect to hear the bible read and preached from, sing songs and hymns (more hymns at 8 am, more songs at 10 am & 6 pm), a member will lead the gathering in prayer. We share in the Lord’s Supper (bi-monthly at 8 am, monthly at 10 am & 6 pm). The 8 am service is more traditional in style and uses the prayer book. Sometimes we will feature interviews and other presentations.
What do I wear? Wear whatever you feel comfortable in; most people wear modest, smart-casual clothes (smarter at 8 am to more casual at 6 pm, our ministers do not wear robes); we have fans and heating but our buildings are not air-conditioned.
Where do I sit? You are welcome to sit anywhere; there’s no reserved seating, there are even a couple of couches at the back if you get in early.
What do I have to do? We want you to feel comfortable. You are welcome to come in and sit and listen and remain anonymous, or join in as much as you want. You can leave whenever you like. We’d also love your feedback on your experience. We’d love to meet you over morning tea/supper after church.
Are children welcome?
Children are welcome at all of our services. We have a glassed-in “crying room” in the church for the convenience of those with infants/toddlers, where they can hear and see the service with access to a bathroom, kitchenette and couches. At 9:45 am on Sundays we have fun programs for kids, we also have programs on Sunday afternoons and Friday afternoons/nights. (Our leaders are trained and have child protection qualifications).
Our site has a hearing loop and wheelchair access (at the side entrance on Lansdowne Street).
What do you teach?
St Aidan’s is a group of people meeting together who all love and follow God our Heavenly Father, and his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe God is our creator and that Jesus died for us and now lives with us (read an explanation of what we believe and teach here and you can listen to past sermons - recent and older).
We meet together to: worship God; encourage and care for one another; and hear from God’s Word, the Bible, as well as talk with him in prayer. Our aim as the people of God is to know Christ Jesus better and to see Him made known throughout the world.