New to Church?

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Welcome to the St Clair Anglican Church (SCAC) website. We’re so glad you decided to drop by and see what we are all about. We hope that you find this page helpful.

Our church deliberately sets its focus on two main areas:

The Bible. The first area of our focus is the authority and centrality of the Word of God as revealed in the Bible. We focus in our meetings on the careful preaching and explanation of God’s Word in a systematic and expository manner, and we encourage all of our members to continue their personal reading of the Scriptures through individual Bible study or in one of our many small groups that meet throughout the week. Having a strong knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures is the key to keeping your Christian faith strong.

Relationships. The second area of our focus is personal welcoming and the development of strong, supportive relationships and friendships. Our goal in this area is that every member of SCAC should feel personally cared for and supported either by the staff or another member of our church. Making strong, personal friendships is the key to helping you keep growing and be encouraged in your Christian walk.

What to do when you visit us at Church

If you are a Christian and looking for a new place to call your spiritual home, we know that it is never easy attending a new church for the first time. If you are not a Christian, just walking into a church can be a very strange and intimidating experience in and of itself! We completely understand what this feels like. This means that we always do our best to make you feel as warmly welcomed as possible. It also means that we will do whatever we can to help you feel quickly settled and at home.

Don’t ever be afraid to ask someone for help if you are feeling unsettled or lonely.

To help you decide whether or not you might make SCAC your Spiritual home we have written down five points that we think it is helpful for you to know or think about.

1. Expect something different. No two churches are the same. We will not be like your home church because our style and emphasis will be different. If you come, come expecting a different experience to what you are used to… and try to enjoy the difference.

2. We are friendly, but not pushy. If you are new, expect us to try to get to know you – but don’t worry. We will not pressure you and we will not push you. All of the choices are yours, and we respect that. We want you to move at your own pace and within your own comfort levels. Enjoy the chance to make some new friendships.

3. Take time to settle. Finding your feet in a new place (especially a new church) always takes time… so you should feel free to take your time. Get to know the feel of our church, take your time to make some friends and spend a while thinking about how you might be able to serve others within our faith community as well as be served. All these things take time… and we will do our best to give you as much as you need.

4. Get involved when you are ready. Most of the best experiences of Christian community come through being involved and working together with others. It is a great way to communicate your commitment to the church and to the people who meet there week by week. If you decide to make SCAC your ‘spiritual home’ while you are here, then we would encourage you to make that decision clear by becoming involved in an area of ministry that suits your gifts. But remember - all of the choices are yours, and we respect that.

5. Use the opportunity to grow. We want to encourage you to be excited about the opportunity to be in this new place, with new people and having new experiences! Enjoy yourself at SCAC! Experience as much as you can, learn as much as you can, grow in your faith as much as you can. We are here to serve, train and enable you – so that you become stronger in your faith, more prayerful in your life and more serving in your outlook.

Relax and enjoy your time. We hope it will be encouraging and thought provoking for you. Stay behind after the organised part of our meetings if you wish for a cup of tea or coffee, and a chat.