IT CAN BE NERVE-RACKING VISITING A CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME
That’s why we’ve put together this list of “Frequently Asked Questions” to give you a better idea of what to expect on a Sunday. Please contact us if you have any further questions – we’d love to hear from you!
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AT CHURCH?
Our service starts at 9am but it is best to come quite early because the parkings closest to the church fill up fairly quickly, so leave some time to find a parking spot and walk to the entrance. We have people ready from half an hour before each service to welcome, inform, usher or just have a chat with you. If your kids are attending CCNC Kids Church we are available for parents to check in their kids at the front entrance.
HOW LONG DOES THE SERVICE GO FOR?
It’s hard to give an exact time, as our song and talk lengths can vary from week to week, but our services generally last 70 – 80 minutes, however we’d love you to stick around longer for a coffee so we can get to know you (and so you can get to know us!)
WHERE DO YOU MEET?
We meet in the Old Umhlali Hotel on Old Main Road in Umhlali (see map at the bottom of this page). Heading north on the N2 from Durban take the Salt Rock Exit 214. Turn left towards Umhlali. Turn left at the turning circle and you’ll see CCNC next door to the post office.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR CHURCH SERVICES?
Our services generally follow a similar structure from week to week. If you were to visit on any given Sunday, you can expect something similar to this:
- The service leader will begin by welcoming everyone, followed by a short reading from the Bible
- We sing a couple of songs together
- The Service Leader will share any news happening in the life of our church letting you know what’s coming up at CCNC.
- We listen as someone prays from the front
- We then hear one of our pastors give a Bible Talk.
- Once a month we also share communion together – this is always explained from the front beforehand.
- To finish off we sing one or two more songs together
- At CCNC we serve tea & coffee after the service. This is a great time to meet others in our church, chat, and find out more about us.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIBLE TALKS ABOUT?
Our pastors preach from the Bible. This means we open up the Bible before every talk, hear it read, and then hear the pastor explain it and apply it. We usually work through books of the Bible, looking at a small section week by week, but we sometimes hear about what the Bible says about particular topics. Every so often we have a guest preacher who might give a talk outside of our regular preaching series.
WHAT KIND OF SONGS DO YOU SING?
We usually sing three or four songs during our service (although sometimes we may do more). We are led by a contemporary band (usually consisting of guitar, keyboard, drums and bass) who play a variety of songs, both traditional hymns and more modern/contemporary songs. We sing songs from many different artists, publishers and churches. We are less interested in a song’s style or feel, and more interested in what it teaches us about Jesus, who he is, and what he’s done for us.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Absolutely! We have many families attending CCNC. Our CCNC Kids Church is run by our dedicated team of teachers and assistants who provide age-appropriate classes for children aged 2 to 11. Unsure where to take your children when you arrive? You’ll see our friendly kids check-in team at our main entrance – they’ll be able to point you in the right direction!
Kids go directly to their classrooms as church begins @ 09h00, there they sing, play a game or two, have the Bible taught, they split in to smaller groups to chat about what they have learned and then do a craft. Roughly once every six weeks our kids will join us for the first part of our service where we will sing together and have a kids talk, then they will head out to their usual programme.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
There is no dress code, just wear whatever is comfortable for you!
WHERE SHOULD I SIT?
There is no allocated seating. Sit wherever you like. For moms with little ones who might be restless in the service you are welcome to sit in the cafe outside the auditorium which has a live video and sound feed.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING?
No, it’s free! We want you to be our guest so we don’t pass a bag or plate around asking for money. We ask those who have committed to CCNC as their church to support our work by contributing to us financially – click here to read about our preferred ways of giving.
WILL I BE ASKED TO DO ANYTHING?
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so you won’t be obliged to do anything you don’t want to do. We will probably invite you to fill in a Welcome Card, asking for your name, email address and phone number. This is so we can send you a welcome email during the week, telling you more about us. You don’t have to fill it out if you don’t want to, but we would love the opportunity to welcome you and get your feedback. If singing or praying is not your thing, you are welcome to just sit and listen.
DO YOU HAVE A CONTACT PHONE NUMBER?
Yes, you can contact us with the details under the ‘Contact Us’ section below.