If you are thinking about coming to Re:new the first time or you are not a regular church-goer, some of the things you see or hear might seem unfamiliar to you. This guide aims to give you a bit of an insight into why we do the things we do.
Music has always been a part of the Christian church service. We sing because God is worthy of our worship. It is about focusing on God and using words and music to express our praise and thanksgiving to God. At Re:new we love music, we sing contemporary Christian music along with traditional hymns. We have acoustic style and full band worship services. In reality, everything we do when we come together on Sunday is about worshiping God.
Praying is easier to explain because the majority of us have prayed at some time in our life. At Re:new we pray at multiple times during our service. We do not call out individuals or surprise people that are new, we simply invite you to join us in prayer as we worship God and connect with Him. We believe God hears our prayers and acts upon them. When we pray in church, it is an expression of our belief that God is listening and responding.
We partake in communion every week at Re:new. When we take the bread and wine together we remember Jesus. The bread reminds us of Jesus' body that was broken and the juice (not wine, we are family friendly) reminds us of His blood that was shed. This re-enacts “The Last Supper”, where Jesus and his disciples ate bread and drank wine just hours before Jesus went to die on a cross. We invite you to join us in communion. It is not mandatory, participate as your heart is ready. If you have questions about communion, just ask us!
The sermon is the part of the service where the Pastor teaches (using the Bible) about the Kingdom of God and His plan for our lives. At Re:new we like to follow along with the Ministry of Jesus as he walked the earth. The Bible is full of examples of Jesus' teaching and preaching – He not only taught about the Kingdom of God, he persuaded people to turn their lives around and accept Him as Lord and Savior. The Messages we deliver are relevant to today, but they are based on a solid biblical foundation and always point to Jesus as the way to eternal life.
To the non-Christian it may appear that the church is asking them to pay for the service, or the church is only interested in people attending so they can fundraise, but this is not the case. We give because God is worthy and it is our hearts desire to serve in his Kingdom. In the Christian’s mind, the offering (money) is given straight to God for His work on earth. The church is God’s channel for his kindness, love, compassion, help to the poor/needy, and spreading the good news about his son Jesus Christ.