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 remembering Jesus’ death on behalf of his people, affirming their unity together in him and looking forward to his coming again.
- 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.
- There is no expectation for visitors to donate money to the church and no collection is taken during the service. If, however, you do wish to give any money there is a box on the wall near the door you came in for you to do so. You can also give electronically on our giving page.
- Our time of communion is for those who have trusted in Christ personally and joined a local church in membership. Only those who know and love Jesus as their personal Lord and saviour can remember his cross-work with thanks and only those joined to a local church in membership can claim to be meaningfully unified with God’s people. All are welcome in the communion service but the emblems are for those who love Jesus and are members of a gospel-centred church.
- 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.
- The first Sunday of each month is our Family Service which are full of choruses, quizzes and stories. Children remain in the meeting throughout; however, the entire service is aimed at them with a “sermon search” for them to complete during the sermon.
- Following the family service, we have a 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.