When you come to Oldham Bethel Church you can expect:
- Careful and systematic teaching from part of the Bible (most of our service – including sermons and readings – are simultaneously translated into Farsi via headsets).
- A time of singing as part of our worship to God and encouragement of one another.
- A time of open prayer during which any believer may pray, thanking God for all he has done for us and petitioning him for various needs.
- A time of communion in which those who know and love Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and saviour eat a symbolic meal of bread and wine to remember all that Jesus has done for them and to signify their unity together as his people.
- An opportunity for believers to share what God has been doing in their life this week.
- Separate age-appropriate Bible lessons and activities for children aged 4+.
- Tea and coffee before the service to share in each other’s lives and get to know one another better.
The following information may also be helpful:
- There is no dress code at the church and our members come in all sorts of different clothes. Whether you prefer shirt and tie or jeans and t-shirt, you are unlikely to look out of place.
- We have no set or reserved seats. You are welcome to sit wherever, and with whomever, you like.
- We sing a mix of old and new songs accompanied by a range of instruments. You can join in, or simply sit and listen, as you prefer.
- If you don’t have a Bible, there are plenty available at the church in several different languages. We use the English Standard Version for all public readings and the New Millennium Version for Farsi readings. If you prefer to read from another version, you are more than welcome to bring it with you.
- Though we have no formal crèche, we welcome children under 4. We provide a separate room into which the sermon is relayed where parents can take young children during the meeting if they so wish. There are toys and changing facilities available. In due time, we hope to be able to provide a parents co-operative crèche.
- On the first Sunday of each month we hold our Family Service. These services contain choruses, quizzes, stories and prayer time all geared towards including the children. On these weeks children remain in the service throughout, including for the sermon. However, the entire service is aimed at them with a “sermon search” quiz for them to complete during the sermon.
- Following the family service, we hold our monthly family lunch. These are open to all and you are welcome to join us. Please don’t feel obliged to bring any food to share. We would simply be glad if you would stay and eat with us.