I'M NEW HEREWelcome to the beautiful northern suburbs of Hobart. If you are new to
this area we’d love to meet you. Please come along and join in or feel free to contact
us about the various ways you can get connected into the life of one of our
church communities. This web page is designed to answer some of the questions
people often have about what happens when we meet together. If you have
questions we haven’t answered here or you would like to meet with one of our
leaders before you come along please contact us.
How do I get there?
We generally meet weekly at two different locations in the Hobart suburb of New
Town, just north of the City. We also meet together in homes, parks, playgrounds and other locations. Our locations page
will help you find us. If
you don’t find everything you need there please contact us so we give
you any further information you need.
What time should I
recommend arriving 5–10mins early. This will give you time to relax, gather
your thoughts, and draw near to God. We'll welcome you, and one of our members
will be available to answer any questions you might have about the service.
What will the
service be like?
When we meet our services run for about one hour. You're
more than welcome to just to sit and watch – but we think you'll enjoy it more if
you try it on, and join in!
Our communities offer
a range of different styles of meeting together, both contemporary and
traditional. Although our services vary
in style, there are common elements which are expressed in different ways when
we meet together. We listen to God’s words written for us in the Bible and
leaders help us to consider their meaning for us in our lives today. We
celebrate our relationship with God with music and songs. We pray for God’s world, for our local
community, for the needs of individuals, and for the life of the church.
We love Jesus
and are grateful that he gave his life for us to renew our relationship with God. We welcome people into this new relationship in a ritual called baptism.
Another way we celebrate Jesus’ gift is
by sharing bread and wine together. The bread and the wine are signs of Jesus’
death on the cross for our forgiveness – his broken body and his blood poured
out for us. This meal is called the Lord’s Supper or Holy
Communion and is regularly shared as part of most of our services.
How can I join in
In our contemporary style services, prayers and song
lyrics used are projected onto the screen at the front of the building. If you
would prefer a printed copy (including large print) these are available in the
foyer. Some of our more traditional services are
printed in a prayer book (A Prayer Book
for Australia). Other services use an easy-to-follow printed card. Sections
of the Bible read during the
service are printed in the weekly newsletter. When we welcome you to the service we
will also give you anything you might need to help you follow or join in the
service (songbooks, prayer books, weekly newsletter etc.).
What happens after
coffee and snacks are usually available to share after the service. You are
warmly invited to stay and share morning tea, have a chat and meet some of us,
if you wish to do so. We encourage our members to take this time to support and
encourage each other in our life with God, within God’s family, and out in our
What if I'm not a
Christian or an Anglican?
While we are affiliated with the Anglican Church of Australia, we
welcome people from any branch of the Christian faith. And we welcome anyone
who has questions about Jesus or wants to explore Christian spirituality. If
you have questions we’d love to meet you!
What if I’m not
familiar with church traditions?
Some members of our community find it personally helpful to follow
customs like sitting or kneeling to pray, or standing while singing. But not
all members follow all these customs and you are not expected to. From time to
time during our services leaders may invite everyone to sit or stand together.
Please feel free to join in or to do whatever (sit, stand, kneel, clap, laugh,
cry . . .) helps you to feel comfortable and to draw near to God.
How should I dress?
meet to celebrate God’s love for us, like a family party. But, of course,
different families and different cultures celebrate in different ways, and have
different way of dressing for parties. Some people prefer to dress
casually and will wear shorts or jeans and thongs. Others prefer a dress,
or a good shirt, or even a suit. You’ll find all of these, and a whole lot
more when we meet together. Jesus welcomes all cultures, and so do we. So
dress how you feel comfortable.
Will I be asked for
Visitors and people
who have come along to explore Christian spirituality are not expected to give
money. In most of our services there will be an opportunity for our regular
members to contribute to assisting people in need and to
support the work of our faith
communities. We do this because
these activities are funded by the voluntary gifts of our members.