I know how uncomfortable walking into a new church is. Before you even walk out the door there are so many questions we ask ourselves. Do I dress up? What do other people wear? What do I bring? What will it be like inside? This section is just to put your mind at ease about some of these questions.
What should I wear?
You can wear whatever you want. But most people wear jeans. I have worn everything from shorts to jeans basically I wear whatever I feel like, and that's ok. It is not possible to be too casually dressed. (NOTE: Due to the fact we are located in an old church building, it's advised to wear warmer clothes or bring layers.)
What should I bring?
You don't need to bring anything. If I were to suggest one thing, I would bring a Bible if you have one. It seems like only half of the people bring one, so you won't feel out of place either way. If you don't own a bible we have some free one's at the information table. I would bring a Bible and something to take notes with. Whether you bring something or not, you'll be just fine.
What do you do at this church?
Well, you will wander in the doors, there will be some free light snacks sitting on the table. Somewhere between 11:00 - 11:15am find a seat and after a time of people sharing what God has done in their lives, we sing some songs, Brian speaks, followed by a few of more songs. Afterwards people linger for a bit and have some snacks. It is not some high tech service. It's pretty simple. We don't have flashy video or lighting we just have a simple honest feel.
What happens when I walk in the door?
First thing you might notice is many people are young. The pastor is young, the worship guy is young, everyone is young. I can't tell you what your experience will be like. But those I have asked about their experience walking in the door, people felt quickly welcomed and liked what they saw.
What is the music like?
We sing contemporary worship music lead by a highly talented worship leader and band. It is not like a show, or a concert. The goal is not passionate singing but adoring, exulting, and celebrating all that God is, all that He has done, and all that he will do.
What is the teaching like?
Uncompromisingly Biblical. Brian has a powerful and simple call, to forge a new generation of believers in Scotland who are passionate about God's word and about prayer, and who are eager to advance the Kingdom of God. Brian is a gifted communicator continually cutting to the heart of issues with clarity and simplicity, shooting straight with people. Our most recent messages can be listened to online.
What kind of people are welcome at Re:Hope?
People who want to seek God and know Him better and move towards godliness are welcome here. We don't care if you are far from God or near to Him. What matters is the direction in which you're going.
Why do you emphasise Bible Reading Groups?
We want to forge a people of the Word. Who know it. Who love it. Who are submerged in it over a lifetime. I know how impossible it is to read through the bible on my own and stick with it, but there is something about not going alone that has revolutionized my time in the bible. If you want to read more about what Brian's heart is for our bible groups visit the "about" section of the webite. You may also read this old post on Brian's blog.
What is baptism, and do I need to be baptized?
Baptism is the basic first obedience steps for those who have dedicated themselves to Jesus Christ. Don't ask if it is required, ask if it's what Jesus wants us to do. Baptism is symbolic of one's dying and being raised to new life in Jesus. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me." If you have dedicated your life to Jesus it is time. If you have questions about whether you should get baptized you can send us an email.
What about communion?
All who have dedicated their lives to Jesus remember Christ's sacrifice by taking communion. The bread represents Jesus' body; the wine represents his blood which was shed to forgive our sins. We offer communion in the back every week during the second worship set. If you have dedicated your life to Jesus feel free to go back and remember what Jesus did.
We have become convinced that God still hears prayers, and that things change when God's people pray. We have three times a week set aside for gathering together to simply pray asking God to intervene in our church, in our city, in our nation, and in our world. As well as these three times we love to pray for one another during the worship service. Who wouldn't want to be prayed for? During the second worship set we have people in the back who want to pray for you. Are you Hurting? Sick? Discouraged? Overwhelmed? Needing Direction? Thankful? Anything! We want to pray with you. Just come to the back and let us go to God with and for you.
Where does the money from the offering go?
The use of all money received by Re:Hope is overseen by a board of Trustees lead by our head deacon. Brian doesn't receive any money from the weekly offering, he is a self funded volunteer. We want as much of the offering as possible to be directly invested in advancing God's Kingdom. It is also important to us that at least 10% of all the offerings go to Kingdom efforts that have no obvious benefit to our specific church. A percentage of all the offerings goes to church-planting in Scotland, and to the persecuted Church around the world through Release International.
Release International serves the persecuted church by providing for the needs of the families of martyrs and prisoners; enabling people to survive persecution and its effects; Helping the persecuted church win those to Christ who are opposed to the gospel; supplying them with bibles and literature; and being their voice to the nations.
To give an offering is to worship God. If you have dedicated your life to Jesus and are a part of Re:Hope you can give in the little box near the communion table on Sunday's or you can now give online. God has always asked his people to bring an offering because it reveals their heart and demonstrates faith. May God bless your step of faith!.