Anyone can join the church for Sunday service.

All we ask is that you have an open heart and an open mind.

Laughing at the ministers jokes is optional.

How to Attend

 

​What to Expect

When you come to Church you will be greeted by friendly staff who will guide you and answer any questions you have.

What to wear 

Best to wear what is comfortable; the days of wearing hats and suits and having a ‘Sunday Best Outfit’ are long gone.

Where to sit

You can really sit anywhere you want. We have a balcony area of you want a overseers view. If you sit in the pulpit where the minister sits he will expect you to take the rest of the service, out with that it’s best to sit where you can see everything that is going on.

Order of service

Hymns are the songs that we sing. Usually we stand for the hymns but if you feel uncomfortable or are unable to do this then no one will mind you remaining seated.

We have a Time for All where the children join us at the start of the service for an age-appropriate message.

The readings are taken from the Bible.

The sermon is a message helping to explain how the Bible reading is relevant for today. How it may make sense and encourage people living with the struggles of today.

There is an offering (collection) which goes towards the work of the local church. This is optional. In fact we would encourage visitors not to feel any obligation to give, because you are our guests.

Tea and Coffee.  Please feel free to stay behind after the service and meet up with some of the other worshippers.

Accessibility

The church is accessible by wheelchair and some of the seats have been removed from the inner church so that wheelchair users can sit conveniently with the rest of the congregation.

Becoming a member of the Church

If you want to become a member of the church then please see the minister who will guide you through the membership classes. These usually take up to six weeks to complete and this finishes with a special service in the church you celebrate your membership.

Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament, a sign, or God’s commitment to us. It is a sign of how God is willing to save us from all the mistakes we make in life, That He seeks to make us clean again. As people use water to clean themselves from dirt, so the early church used water as a sign that God has cleansed us rom all that taints our lives. God’s love, God’s blessings, are for all people, no matter their age, or or ethnicity, or sexuality. If you wish to be baptised, or which your child to be baptised, then please contact the minister.

Communion

Communion is a celebration in which the church shares in the breaking of bread and sharing of wine to remind ourselves of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is open to all who believe that Jesus helps them in their life.

You do not need to be a member of the church to share in the communion.

 

The church has four formal communions a year. The second weeks of March, June, September and December. They also share informal communion on the first Sunday of the other months.


 

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Alva Parish Church

Stirling Street

Alva

FK12 5EH

alvaparishchurch@gmail.com

Scottish Charity No SC000006

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