Worshiping in song
We like to sing at Granton Baptist Church and have a lively band which consists of keyboard, lead and rhythm guitarists, bass guitar, drums and vocals. Although the songs can vary depending on who is the worship leader for that morning, there is a wide range of contemporary worship songs mixed with some traditional hymns.
During the singing, you may see some people raising their hands. This is just another way of expressing our worship of God. All the words for the songs are displayed with background visuals on our large overhead screen on the wall. However, large hard copies of the songs are available on request at the door.
Times of prayer and prayer team
During the service there are times of prayer. This may simply involve a prayer from the Pastor or Worship Leader, or it may be a time where the congregation are invited to pray either out loud or silently. On occasion, someone may ask if we can sing a certain song together during that time, or someone will wish to share something that God has been speaking to them about.
The Pastor or Worship Leader will then end the prayer time with a closing prayer. At Granton Baptist Church there is a real sense of respect for each other and the different ways in which we like to worship. We have a very caring and professional prayer team who are available to anyone wishing prayer. If you would find this helpful, simply make your way to the prayer rooms at the back of the Church at the end of the service.
As a contemporary Church, we can use music videos, images, movie clips, and CDs to help us focus our worship. You can certainly expect to see these at our monthly All-Age Services on the first of each month. At these services you may also see a participative worship activity. This could include inviting you to think about an image, take an object which reflects the worship theme, or read a bible verse out loud together. In everything, you should only do what feels comfortable to you.
Our pastor will bring the word of God during our services providing teaching and guidance based on bible readings. These sermons can have a continuing theme; also on special occasions such as anniversaries, the church will welcome guest speakers.
On the second Sunday of the month, we have a communion time as part of the service. This is an opportunity for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ to partake of the communion bread and wine to remember what Christ has done for us on the cross. The congregation remain in their seats and the Deacons bring the bread and wine to them. You simply decline if you do not wish to participate. The wine we use does not contain alcohol.
The service usually concludes around 12.20pm when everyone is invited to go into one of our halls for a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. We often have visitors at Granton and you will feel that in the welcome you receive at this time.
During the service, an offering plate will be passed around by Church members. Giving is another way in which we worship God. However, there is a diversity of income levels amongst the Granton congregation, so you should feel comfortable about simply passing the plate on if you do not wish to contribute.
What do I do on arrival?
Our Sunday service begins at 11.00am. On arrival, you will get a warm welcome at the door from members of our Welcome Team. You will then be given our weekly newssheet which includes the programme for the morning service. Following this, you will enter our sanctuary and sit anywhere you wish. Our sanctuary is very modern and consists of rows of comfortable chairs rather than pews.
If you arrive a little late, please do not worry about coming in when the service has already started. However, if you feel a little self conscious in doing so, there are chairs along the back wall.
There are three sets of toilets in the church but it may be helpful for you to know that there are male, female and disabled toilets on your immediate left as you enter the main church door.
What do I wear?
At Granton Baptist Church, we do not care what you wear! Yes before you ask even an astronaut suit! There is no dress code at all as people wear all different kinds of clothes, a diversity which reflects us as a people.
Some people wear jeans and a t-shirt, others shirts/ties or skirts/tops, whilst still others, the kilt or other national dress. In a nutshell, wear what you are comfortable in.