What to Expect
Our service is normally about 90 minutes in length. While the order and length vary from week to week, here are some of the main elements of our worship:
- Music. We sing because it helps us express what’s on our hearts. We try to balance new songs and old, upbeat and contemplative, simple and deep, and as much as possible to have the songs reflect the themes of that day’s Scripture and sermon.
- Creeds and Confessions. We often have corporate readings from throughout church history. This helps us understand and confess what we believe, and it also reminds us of the connection we share with believers from other times and places.
- Offering. We believe that everything we have comes from God, and giving back to Him is a way to acknowledge that and thank Him. Money from the weekly offering goes towards the rent of our facilities and to support other ministries in Prague and around the world.
- Prayer. We bring our requests to God in lots of different ways, formal and informal. On most Sundays we have an extended time of prayer (about 8 minutes) before the Scripture reading.
- Scripture. We love to hear God speak to us in his Word, so the Bible has a prominent place in our service.
- Sermon. Because we love the Bible, we give a good portion of the service (about 30-35 minutes) to explaining what it means and how we should respond to it. We typically preach through books of the Bible, but also have shorter topical series.
- The Lord’s Supper. We take Communion every week at Faith Community. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace through which Jesus spiritually feeds his people and strengthens their faith in his promises.
We want our worship to be marked by “gravity and gladness.” By gravity, we mean a sense of God’s holiness, and an appropriate reverence for Him. By gladness, we mean a sense of joy that this holy God is our God, and that in Jesus he has reconciled us to Himself. We hope that you’ll experience both of these in worshipping with us, and that you’ll feel freedom to express yourself openly before God.
As an international church, we worship in English, but regularly include Czech songs and always have Czech Bibles on hand. During times of public prayer, we encourage everyone to pray in their first language. This is a good reminder that God’s church is made up of people from “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Revelation 7:9).
Children in Worship
We have lots of kids at Faith, and we like that. Yours are welcome too! Here are some details on how we care for kids during worship:
- Children’s classes take place in Riverside classrooms, which are marked by age. We currently have 4 classes: Nursery (0-2), Preschool (3-6), Primary 1 (7-9), and Primary 2 (10-12).
- Kids sit with their families for the first part of the worship service, and go to their classes just before the sermon. We are very OK with kid noise during worship.
- Sometimes our older kids remain for the entire worship service. We believe it’s important for our kids to see what happens in “big church” and participate themselves. We take the kids’ presence into account when planning worship on those days, and we’ll give you advance notice when this will happen.
See our Children page for more details on kids at Faith Community.