Frequently Asked Questions
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?
This depends on whether you want to join us at 9am, 11am or at 5pm. Either way it is best to come quite early because the parking bays are a bit of a walk from the building, 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 North Coast Kids (2-11 years old) we are available for parents to check in their kids 15 minutes before our services begin (so from 9:15am or 4:45pm).
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 for about 1.5 hours, 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?
All our services (9am, 11am and 5pm) meet in the gymnasium at Mater Dei College, 107 Treetop Ave, Edgewater. Follow the signs from the traffic lights on Joondalup Drive and you will find plenty of parking where our parking attendants and greeters will be ready with North Coast Shirts, so you’ll know you’re in the right place.
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
- We listen as someone prays from the front
- We then hear one of our pastors give a Bible Talk.
- Most weeks everyone is invited to SMS any questions they have relating to the talk, and some of these are then answered from the front.
- 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 North Coast Church we serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service. This is a great time to meet others in our church, chat over coffee, 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. To find out more about why we sing what we sing, and the thinking behind the way we do music, read our Eight Principles for Music at North Coast Church.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Absolutely! We have many families attending North Coast Church. Each Sunday North Coast Kids opens 15 minutes before the service and runs for the duration of our “adult” services. This is run by Brendan Hurley, who together with his team of Teachers and Assistants provide age-appropriate classes for children aged 2 to 11. Unsure where to take your children when you arrive? Just look for a Connect Team member – they’ll be able to point you in the right direction!
At our 9am and 11am services we also run a supervised crèche for children under two years old. This is open from 9:15am onwards. There are three volunteers looking after the crèche each morning. You are welcome to leave your child with them (they’ll send you a text if your child does not settle), but you are also free to stay with your child in crèche. At the 5pm service we have a Cry Room where you can take your baby to if they start crying or gets restless to such an extend that he/she distracts other people in the service.
During school terms, youth in years 7-9 are invited to join our boys and girls Junior Youth Growth Groups (held during the morning service only…for now hopefully!). At Junior Growth Group our youth are led in a Bible Study by our dedicated Youth Leaders.
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 (with the exception of the seats at the end of the rows closest to the entrance – we try to keep those seats available for parents with prams, wheelchairs, etc). Sit wherever you like. Our Connect Team can help you find a seat if you’re not sure where to go.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
YES! After both our services we serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
At the 5pm services we even have a light dinner for the kids to make the trip back home a bit easier and also to allow parents to stay a bit longer after the service to connect with us.
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 North Coast as their church to support our work by contributing to us financially – click here to read about our preferred ways of giving, or What Is Christian Giving to read more about why we ask our regulars to give to North Coast Church.
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 Contact 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?
The best way to get in touch with us, whether it is a general enquiry about the church, or a specific question for a specific person, is to email us. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – any questions or comments sent to this address will be distributed to the relevant person who can usually get back to you within a day. You can also contact us by calling 0408 406 695.