Our ServicesThe pattern for our services is taken from the New Testament. We read that the first church which was in Jerusalem "continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2.42).
Lord's Supper (sometimes called the 'Breaking of Bread')
Every Sunday morning at 11am we meet to remember our Lord Jesus Christ in the way He asked His disciples to do on the night before He was crucified. He took a loaf of bread from the table where they were sitting and broke it, gave it to them to partake of, saying, "This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." Then He took a cup of wine and passed it to them, saying, "This cup is the new testament in My blood which is shed for you." (Luke 22.19-20) We are also told in Scripture that "as often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we show forth the Lord’s death, until He comes". (1 Corinthians 11.26).
It is a time of thanksgiving and praise, as we think of our Saviour and what He has done for us. It is a time of quiet reverent worship with reflective silences, as we look back to His death, burial and resurrection, and look forward to His coming again.
Those who partake of the Lord’s Supper are in full fellowship with the local assembly or may have come from other assemblies. If not known to the local believers they are expected to bring a letter of commendation to introduce them to us (as in Romans 16.1-2).
On Sundays at 6pm during summer months and at 3.30pm during the winter, there is a meeting for the preaching of the Gospel by a local or visiting brother. Some suitable hymns are sung and the Scriptures are read and explained, to try to make clear how a person can be saved from sin and made ready for heaven. "The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." (Romans 1.16). We are told to "Preach the Word" (2 Timothy 4.2); to "preach Christ crucified" (1 Corinthians 1.23).
A similar meeting takes place at the Gospel Hall at 38 Market Street, St Andrews at 6.30pm most Sunday evenings.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
On Monday evenings at 7.30pm we meet for a time of united prayer, intercession and thanksgiving, led by the brothers present. Then a passage of Scripture is read publicly and the brothers present share their views on it and lessons from it for mutual benefit. Just now we are studying the Epistles near the end of the New Testament.
Monthly Bible Teaching
On the third Saturday of October, November, January, February and March, at 7.30pm we meet with others from the area for teaching from God’s Word. A brother who is gifted to teach is invited to come and give us the benefit of his ministry. It is a good opportunity to share time with believers from neighbouring assemblies, chatting over tea and biscuits served at the end.
On the 4th Saturday of September each year there is the conference for Bible teaching and fellowship, usually held in the nearby Town Hall and attended by around 150 people, some of whom travel quite a distance to be there. Usually three different preachers are invited to come and bring God’s Word to us. A buffet tea is served during a break between the second and third speakers. The conference continues the next day on a smaller scale in the Gospel Hall. It is a time of warm fellowship and encouragement, an important event in the local calendar.