Visiting a church for the very first time or returning after an absence gives rise to many questions and can make anyone anxious and may even make you feel like staying at home rather than braving the uncertain.
But don’t do it!
We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people and a place where you feel welcome and at home. Here are some answers to a few of the most common questions.
What are your services like?
Every Sunday at 10 am in St Clements Yass we gather to worship following the form set out in the Anglican Church of Australia’s Prayer Book. This means that we sing, pray, hear the Bible read aloud, hear a reflection on the bible, greet each other, and celebrate Holy Communion. You are welcome to participate in as much or as little as you like.
Will I be struck by lightning?
Many people who are thinking of attending a church for the first time often believe that they can’t because they are not perfect or that they are just too “bad” for church.
The truth at the heart of the Christian faith is that none of us is perfect and none of us measures up to the standards we set for ourselves, let alone God’s standards. But this isn’t a surprise to God, in fact, it’s why God decided to become a human being and enter our world in the first place. The bible tells us that God’s deepest instinct is to move towards those who have made mistakes, those whom others deem too “difficult”, those who feel unworthy, doubters, and seekers. As Jesus himself said, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Luke 5:32).
Will my children be welcome?
Children are always welcome at our services. We believe that all are equally loved and valued by God, regardless of their age or what they can contribute. Our church building and our hall in Yass have dedicated children’s areas with toys and activities, and space for prams and strollers. Our church hall also has a separate room with a video feed of the service which you are welcome to use.
We understand that kids will be kids and sometimes need to make noise and move and we welcome their energy and enthusiasm.
We take child safety seriously. All of our clergy and volunteer leaders have been vetted and have Working With Children Check clearances. To find out more about our Child Safety policy click here.
What should I wear?
Clothing. There is no particular dress code for any of our services.
Where do I sit?
You may sit wherever you wish. If you have any problems with finding a good seat, you can ask the two or three people located at the door where is a good place to sit.
Are your services accessible to people with disabilities?
Our buildings in Yass have ramp access and wide doors which can accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and mobility aids. Our hall at Yass has a disabled bathroom.
We operate a hearing loop and all elements of our services are visible either on our displays or via printout (available in the foyer).
Our services are also available digitally via Zoom.