We have two worship programs each Saturday. A small group Bible study which we call Sabbath School and the Main Service where everyone meets together. In both our services we sing, pray to God and collect an offering. However, we emphasise that there is no obligation for you to give an offering if you don't want to. The program is our gift to God and to you - we don't expect anything in return.
Sabbath school classes are divided into the following general age groups at Charlestown SDA Church:
- Adults (ages 26+)
- Youth (ages 15 - 25)
- Primary (ages 6-9)
- Beginners / Kindergarden (for parents with infants 0-2 yrs and children aged 3-5)
Outlined below is a typical Sabbath School program for the adults -
- 9:30 - 9:45 Hot drinks and chat
- 9:45 - 9:55 Welcome. prayer and thoughts by the host team
- 9:55 - 10:45 Bible and lesson study - Thought provoking Bible study and discussion on the topic predetermined by the Sabbath school lesson guide booklet. This is a Bible-study guide produced every three months by the worldwide church's Sabbath School Department. Members (and visitors) are encouraged to study the lesson throughout the week and then share their thoughts during Sabbath school.
- 10:45 - 10:55 Morning tea
The Youth Sabbath School program begins with contemporary music led by their own band, YBCharlie. This is followed by Bible study based on a pre-selected topic.
Primary, Kindergarten and Beginners Sabath Schools begin at 10 am and involve a variety of children's worship music, Bible stories and craft. Parents are welcome to join in with their children.
Main Church Service
The church service starts at 11.00am on Saturday. It is a time where we can unite together, gather strength from the Word of God and learn more about God.
Following is an example of a typical weekly church services -
- Song Service - singing of contemporary Christian songs or hymns and praises to God.
- Offering - for local running costs or mission projects.
- Children's Story - a short story is told to teach the Children about an aspect of the Bible.
- Special Item - This can be a musical item or even a drama performance on an aspect or story in the Bible.
- Scripture Reading - a passage of the Bible is read that is relevant to the sermon
- The message - The local pastor or a guest speaker will share a message with the congregation on God's Word
- Benediction - the preacher closes the service with prayer.
- Lunch - some weeks our church has a free lunch (yes, there is such a thing!) so you can meet new people or catch up with friends.