What to expect when you visit St Jude’s
Anyone is welcome at St Jude’s, whether you are familiar with what we do or not. But, to put you at your ease, we have listed below some things to expect when you visit us.
People at St Jude’s are generally relaxed. Most people wear casual clothes that fit the seasons. You will be offered (even encouraged!) to wear a nametag when you come. This helps people be friendly, and not embarrassed to talk to you—especially if they have met you before and forgotten your name. Please write yourself one when you come in. Regulars and visitors alike wear the stick-on variety, so you won’t be singled out as a visitor.
The length of St Jude’s services range from about 75 to 90 minutes. They include songs, praying, reading from the Bible, and hearing a talk about what the Bible means and how it applies to life in 21st century Australia. You can participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable.
Our services follow the shape of the Anglican Prayer Book, but we don’t use actual books. The words of the songs and some of the prayers are on the screen. The music is usually led by a band, which will have a range of instruments in it.
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (or ‘communion’) regularly in each congregation. If you are a Christian believer, you are welcome to join us in remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection in this symbolic meal. Or if you’d prefer, you can remain in your seat while others take part; no one will think this is strange.
Our morning services have children’s programs and any visiting children are welcome to participate. The children tend to remain with the whole congregation for the first part of the service and then go out for age-appropriate teaching part-way through the service. All of our children’s leaders have current Working With Children accreditation; we take their safety very seriously.
It is quite okay for babies and children to remain in the service and people are relaxed about parents moving around to look after their children.
We do hope this will make you feel a little more at home and we look forward to welcoming you on a Sunday.