INTRODUCTION TO WORSHIP AT COLEY

In a nutshell:

9am is grown-up, it’s thoughtful and there’s space to worship in the stillness.

10.30am is more active: there’s some noise, occasional amusing chaos and some serious stuff in the mix - and it’s for the whole family.

6.30pm, we’re more informal and intimate, unpacking the Bible in more depth - and prayer is a priority as we ready ourselves for the week ahead.

Holy Communion happens at the morning services where we gather round the table with Christ and remember his sacrifice for us. If you’re not ready for that, that’s fine too.

On the first Sunday of the month, there’s a slight variation with a shorter family service at 10.30am with Holy Communion moved to the 6.30pm.

Whichever you decide, make sure you stay for a cuppa at the end.

 

There is a crèche for children under two-and-a-half years old in the vestry behind the choir. We are very child-friendly so if you would prefer to keep your child with you, no one will mind. Young Church, for those children too old for the creche!

At the monthly Family Service we encourage families to come and worship together.

On Tuesdays at 9.30 am, we have Hill Top Tots for the very young and later on the same day at 3.30pm, Schools Out after school club.

Fridays at 6.30pm, CIA, our Youth group meet in the Hall

PATTERN OF SERVICE

On Festivals and other special occasions there may be alterations to the standard pattern. Notice of any change will be given in the Parish Magazine, Sunday Link, website or social media

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

  • 9:00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Family Service

  • 4:00 pm St Matthew's Church, Northowram - for adults and children

  • 6:30 pm Holy Communion

SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

  • 9.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 10.30 am Holy Communion

  • 6:30pm Evening Praise and Teaching

MORNING PRAYER

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday in Church 9.00 am for Half an hour

  • Tuesday in Church Hall 9.00 am

EXPLORING FAITH

No one has all the answers when it comes to faith, but at Coley, we believe that we learn through asking questions and no one minds a discussion on any faith-related subject.
What we do believe with certainty is that Jesus died for us in order to make us children of God.  We believe that the Holy Spirit has come into our lives as a deposit, guaranteeing our salvation and our relationship with God.  We believe that the Holy Spirit has come into our lives as, a deposit guaranteeing our salvation and our relationship with God.  So we can and do know God and enjoy our relationship with him.
No one has all the answers when it comes to faith, but at Coley, we believe that we learn through asking questions and no one minds a discussion on any faith-related subject.
If you would like to explore these beginnings for yourself then we will be able to help you.  Sometimes we run courses for people who want to know more about being a believer.  We have a series of house groups where you can discuss matters further.
What about the really difficult questions, such as “Why does God allow suffering?” or “Does God cause suffering?”  These questions stretch the minds of all of us, but we do not shy away from them.  These issues can be addressed in sermons and the opportunity to talk things through with someone in our church is always open.
Learning about how we live out our faith is important, so the sermons at Coley teach us how to live our lives as followers of Jesus.  We can discuss the sermons with others and through them we can all grow together.

GETTING TO KNOW GOD

Often people do not think about the existence of God or a relationship with God until there is a crisis in their life, for example bereavement, job loss, illness.  At that point, many people say a prayer of one kind or another, but at Coley we believe that a relationship with God is for all times and not just emergencies.  In a recent survey of our Parish, many who were asked if they would like a relationship with God, said they would.  But is it possible?
When God created the world he did not withdraw from it but invested in it.  He said from the moment humankind came into existence that he wanted to be part of our lives, but he will never come in uninvited.  Many people do not realise that God does want to know them.  In truth, He is desperate to know them. T his is one of the reasons that Jesus died on the cross, as proof of God’s commitment to us.
Getting to know God is like a child getting to know its parents.  At first, as a baby there is no real understanding, just an awareness of love and care.  By the time childhood comes, parents are the ones to turn to for support, for love and for all our needs.  By adulthood, parents are there for guidance, to talk to, to turn to for help and in some cases to look after.  When we first get to know God, we just experience his love.  As we grow, we learn to communicate with him, ask him for his support, his guidance and we see just how much he is taking care of us.
If you would like that relationship for yourself, come and visit us on a Sunday!

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