We use A Prayer Book for Australia for nearly all of our services which is the official form of service for Anglican worship in Australia. Some people feel this is a bit repetitive but the advantage is that the worship doesn’t depend on the mood of the service leader that morning and it provides an ongoing way of understanding and remembering core beliefs. The music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary assisted by organ and piano. There are occasional brief times of silence such as after the sermon and after taking Holy Communion to allow the congregation to reflect on what has been said or done.
How will I know which page in the Prayer Book we are on?
The priest will normally say the page we are on at various times during the service. The service usually follows consecutive pages but when there is a ‘jump’ you will be told. If you do get a bit lost, feel free to ask someone near you. All members of the congregation are happy to help you
Do I have to sing?
Singing is part of our culture. We do it naturally so it’s appropriate that we sing to express our love for God. However, if you are not used to singing or feel embarrassed, you will not be frowned upon for not singing. You should feel free to do what comes naturally to you.
Is there a children’s program?
Yes there is. We value our children greatly. All the leaders have Working with Children checks and are accredited workers with children. The program for children is lively and teaches the children basic Bible truths in line with what the adults are learning week by week. Children start the service with the adults and go out during the second song, the return just before Holy Communion is distributed.
Will I be asked to give money?
If this is your first time to All Saints we don’t want you to feel as though you have to give at the collection time. However if you wish to give, you are welcome. It’s your choice. If you find you want to make All Saints your spiritual home, then we believe that giving to God and the work of the church is a good thing to do as part of a family or community.
Should I take bread and wine during communion?
If you are a baptised person from any mainstream congregation, then you are welcome to take communion in the Anglican Church. This is the Lord’s table and all who seek God’s mercy are welcome. If you would prefer, you may come forward for a blessing. Simply fold your arms at the communion rail and the priest will know to bless you.
What should I wear?
These days, neat casual wear is what most people feel is appropriate.
Will I have to ‘greet’ people during the service?
We normally exchange what is called ‘The Peace’ in the middle of the service after the confession and before taking Holy Communion. This is a time that expresses our unity and oneness as God’s people. Some members of the congregation move around during this time and will shake your hand and say ‘the peace of the Lord’.
I want to be part of All Saint’s
We’re delighted you’ve chosen to make All Saints your spiritual home. So that our priest can meet you and get to know you, we ask that you fill out the form here with some basic information about yourself.