Breaking of Bread
This is the first time in the week in which we gather.
The Breaking of Bread meeting is devoted entirely to worship; our thoughts centred on the Person of the Lord Jesus. A table is central and on it is a small loaf of bread and a cup of wine. These are emblems representing the body of the Lord Jesus and His precious blood.
Our meeting is quiet and reverent in which our time together is scattered with contributions of prayer, the singing of hymns, and some moments of quiet contemplation. All of these contributions usually reflect the collective thoughts of all gathered without any rehearsal beforehand! Each of the men who rise to pray, suggest a hymn or share a thought from the Bible does so as led by the Holy Spirit. Although the women during this time remain silent, (except during the singing of hymns) their inaudible contributions of prayer and worship are no less important than the men’s contributions are. This is the Divine order as instructed in the Bible and works beautifully that way.
At some time during the meeting (usually closer to the end) thanks will be given for the emblems, which are then passed from one to the other until all in the assembly have partaken.
The purpose of our gathering is an act of obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus to do so in order that we might remember Him who suffered, bled and died on the cross for our sins, and to offer to God our worship and thanksgiving for His love and goodness to us. Perhaps He commanded this of His people because we are inclined to so easily forget!
“The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying,
This cup is the new testament in my blood:
this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup,
ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.”
I Corinthians 11: 23-26
Although only those in fellowship in our church partake and contribute at this meeting, nobody is excluded and anyone is welcome to come along and observe. Many people have begun their Christian lives as a result of observing what is done and said at such a meeting.
We would much appreciate a letter of commendation from our overseas visitors.
"Assembled, Lord, at Thy behest,
We wait Thy voice to hear;
O come and bless this hallowed feast -
In spirit now draw near.
Draw near, yea, linger in our midst;
Thy waiting saints inspire
With thoughts of Thine unfailing love;
Grant this our soul's desire.
Such love! surpassing human thought,
That Thou, blest Lamb of God,
Should'st bear sin's curse, and interpose
Thine own atoning blood.
With hearts adoring thus we view
Thy table fitly spread;
Love's sweet memorial feast to Thee,
Our risen, glorious Head.
O help us, Lord, while gathered here,
That we none else may see;
Keep Thou our thoughts graced with Thy love,
And wholly stayed on Thee."
David J. Beattie
Our Bible Study is a time of discussion on what the Bible teaches.
The timing of this meeting takes place while the children are enjoying Sunday School upstairs. This also allows more people to benefit from the passages of Scripture under consideration.
This meeting begins with an encouraging outline and introduction on the passage or subject to be considered and continues with a discussion between the men afterwards. (As in the Breaking of Bread meeting, the women remain silent.)
We also have regular visiting speakers throughout the year and at these times we enjoy specific Bible teaching on a particular subject or chapter.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
2 Timothy 3: 16-17
"Father of mercies, in Thy Word
What endless glory shines!
Forever be Thy Name adored
For these celestial lines.
Here the Redeemer’s welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.
Oh, may these holy pages be
Our ever new delight,
And still new beauties may we see,
And still increasing light.
Divine Instructor! gracious Lord!
O grant forever near,
Teach us to love Thy sacred Word,
And view the Saviour there."
Family Gospel Service
Our Gospel service is family friendly and we warmly welcome anyone who would like to come along to enjoy singing, hear the Good News Gospel message preached from the Bible.
This is not a long service, which makes it easier for families with little children.
Please note, these meetings are completely free and no collection is taken.
It is vitally important that everyone gets to hear the message of the Gospel because everyone has the right to choose for themselves what they will do in response to what God has done especially for them. If they never hear then they will never know.
What then is the message of the Gospel?
Using the words of the Lord Jesus Himself, the message of the Gospel is this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
John 3: 16.
Why not come and hear what the Bible has to say for yourself?
"O sweet is the story of Jesus,
The wonderful Savior of men,
Who suffered and died for the sinner,
I’ll tell it again and again!
He came from the brightest of glory;
His blood as a ransom He gave,
To purchase eternal redemption;
And, O, He is mighty to save!
His mercy flows on like a river;
His love is unmeasured and free;
His grace is forever sufficient,
It reaches and purifies me."
Charles H. Gabriel
Fellowship & Prayer Meeting
It has been said that “the prayer meeting is the pulse of the church,” and this when the needs of our church family members are collectively brought before God. The needs of missionaries and itinerant preachers are also considered as well as local and worldwide affairs. The list of things for which to pray is endless, nevertheless we are persuaded that God is able to deal with the needs of each one and it is a real blessing to be able to bring before Him all our cares and concerns with thankful hearts.
Our time together is also an opportunity in a busy week to come aside for a while and enjoy eachother's company and bring a little encouragement to one another.
“Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 6-7
"Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed;
The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear
The upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.
Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death; he enters Heav’n with prayer.
Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice, returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice and cry, Behold, he prays!
The saints in prayer appear as one Iin word, in deed, and mind,
While with the Father and the Son sweet fellowship they find.
No prayer is made by man alone the Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus, on th’eternal throne, for sinners intercedes.
O Thou by whom we come to God, the life, the truth, the way,
The path of prayer thyself hast trod: Lord, teach us how to pray."
Postal Bible School
This is something that you and your children can partake in without even leaving your home!
Postal Bible School here in Jersey is a well established form of Bible Education for all ages. We currently make use of lessons provided by the Bible Educational Services which distribute Bible lessons and courses worldwide.
Upon application either using our invitation card or request via email, would-be students are issued with a set of sample lessons to try out along with an accompanying note to parents or guardians to explain how the Postal Bible School operates.
Conducted within the privacy of their own home students complete the lessons in one month instalments and then return them by post for marking.
Prizes are presented on an annual basis according to the amount of points each student has earned during the year.
Bible lessons are provided for all ages from five upwards, and adult courses are also available.
Why not try it out to see for yourself?