Tell Me About Church

If you haven't been to church for a while, or you have never been you might be wondering what we do. You may be concerned that you will do the wrong thing or wear the wrong clothes. This is to put your mind at rest.

Church has changed over the years - although God hasn't. But our styles of worship have become much more relaxed and informal.

Where are you?

We are easy to find on the corner of Scott St and Booner Drive, Shoalhaven Heads. You will find a map here and you can type in get directions from your address if you wish.

How long does the service last?

We try to start our services on time and they usually last for about an hour to an hour and a quarter. There is morning tea after each service and you are free to stay as long as you want to chat, or at least until the coffee and cake are all gone.

What about my children?

St. Peter's is a kids friendly church. It is a safe environment. Kids Church runs each Sunday morning at the same time as our 10:15 am service. Everyone who will be looking after and teaching your child has undergone child safety training. We also have a cry room if you are concerned that your child or baby is a bit noisy. Don't be at all concerned about your children, regardless of their age. At times we have more strollers in church than cars in our car park.

We have a fenced off area which is accessible through the Church Hall where kids can play after church. There is a child proof lock on the gate and there is always someone looking out for the children.

What should I wear?

Shoalhaven Heads is a beachside village on the South Coast of NSW. It is a popular holiday destination, especially in summer when the population more than doubles. Most people dress to suit the area. At the 8:30 service you will see the occasional jacket and tie on men, but this is a rarity. At 10:15 you are more likely to see jeans, or in summer, shorts and thongs.

If you are a woman then I am not brave enough to discuss fashion with you, but I would suggest that you wear something casual and comfortable.

I'm not sure if I believe all this stuff.

Our aim at St. Peter's is to introduce you to Jesus. If you just want to try out church, then by all means come along and check us out. If you have honest questions then ask them. Doubts? Express them. That's why we are here. Especially after the service talk to someone over coffee - we won't give you a high pressure sales pitch, just a friendly chat.

What do you do in church?

We sing a few songs - some modern christian songs and some hymns. The service leader prays, sometimes we respond with prayers from a prayer book or a prayer projected onto a screen. We read the Bible and we hear a talk about a passage from the Bible. The talk goes for about 20 minutes and our ministers are very good speakers, so you'll find that the time flies by.

What if I do the wrong thing at the wrong time?

You won't, and if you did then no one would mind. We usually stand up to sing and stay seated for most of the rest of the time. If you are unsure then don't sit in the front row and just do what the people in front of you do. All churches have a few traditions, but ours are very few. Common sense and good manners will see you through without any trouble. But remember, no one else is going to stare at you to see if you know what to do. If you are unsure about anything just ask the person next to you.

We do try to make "going to church" as easy as possible.

Which service should I go to?

They're both good, and it's really a matter of preference. The 8:30 service is a more traditional style, with classic hymns being the norm, along with set forms of service from a modern prayer book. At 10:15, the feel is more contemporary, and it's designed to work for families, but that doesn't mean older people will feel uncomfortable. Try them both, if you like!

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Phone: 4448 8179