First visit

What to expect?

The Good Shepherd Anglican Church is made up of all kinds of people: Grandparents, teenagers, single parents, families, young adults; people from different countries and nationalities; newcomers and those that have been part of our church family for decades.

Our prayer is that you would feel at home here.

We know it can be hard visiting somewhere new. You will be greeted at the door by our friendly welcomers.

Feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We will sing. We will pray. The Bible will be read and explained. We will explore what God is saying to each of us through His word.

Afterwards, you are invited to join us for morning tea or supper.

We do have a welcoming table that is just outside the front doors. Please stop there and say hi to the welcomers. They can answer any questions you have or introduce to others. You can stay there until you feel comfort to go over to the hall.

We would love to meet you.

Which service do I visit?

Our services are designed to minister to all people at different stages and in different ways. All are welcome to any service.

7am Traditional Service

Includes: Candles, Robes, Liturgy, Hymns, Lord’s Supper

9:30am Family Service

Includes:

Our Birthday game (you only play if you have had a birthday in the last week and want to).

Lord’s Supper

Children’s Church (We cater for all ages)

  • Crèche (birth to 18 months)
  • Tiny Tots (18 months to 3 years old)
  • Bubbles (3 years old to Prep)
  • Splash (Year 1 to year 3)
  • Extreme (Year 4 to year 6)
  • Youth Forum (Year 7- year 12)

5pm Contemporary Service

The reason we call this a contemporary service is simply because it is less traditional then the morning services, i.e. no liturgy, robes, communal prayers, etc.

Includes: Monthly dramas, interviews, Lord’s Supper

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I sit?

You are welcome to sit anywhere – the only ‘reserved’ seats are the padded chairs at the back which are there for people with physical conditions who otherwise find it difficult to sit through the service.

What should I wear?

In Tropical NQ most people wear good casual attire. But no matter what your personal style, rest assured you will be comfortable at TGS. If you prefer dressy, business, or casual attire, chances are there will be others dressed much like you.

Where do I park?

There is plenty of street parking around the area. There are 3 reserved park on the church grounds for people with physical conditions who otherwise find it difficult to park and walk longer distances.

Where are the toilets?

We have male and female toilets located between the church and the hall. There are three additional toilets located in the house beside the church where the church office is also located.

What is Communion and what do I do?

Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper as the Bible calls it, is when we, as believers, remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. We observe Communion because the Lord told us to: “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” (1 Corinthians 11:24). If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord & Saviour you are welcome to join us in this celebration. We have the Lord’s Supper each Sunday at 7am; most Sundays at 9.30am; and once a month at 5pm.

What is a ‘pew’ bulletin/Bible/etc?

A ‘pew’ is an older term for the wooden benches in the church – as such you are likely to hear a number of items referred to in relation to the pews: pew Bibles and pew bulletin/pew sheets. In the pew bulletin you will find notices about the goings on in the parish (church community), prayer points, contact information and sermon outlines.

What is the peace greeting?

The Peace Greeting is a response to the Bible stressing the importance of being in a right relationship with one another before we share in the Lord’s Supper. It would be wrong to have communion without both examining your relationship with God and those in your church family. In essence we need to be at peace with God and with one another, and the greeting of peace shows the latter. “We need to examine ourselves before we eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28).