We understand that you may have a few questions about Real Life Church in making your decision whether or not to visit in person at one of our services. Here are 9 questions we are commonly asked about Real Life Church.
Where and when do you meet?
We have one location at Maitland, in the Cinema Complex, Ken Tubman Drive. There is easy parking and disabled access. Our Sunday services begin at 10am. Kids Church also runs during the service (during school terms). Kids can be signed in at the beginning of the service. All kids stay with their parents/carers for the first part of the service (15 min) and then they all go out together.
We also have a youth service called Fuel that meets 7pm on Friday nights (during school terms).
In addition, we have Life Groups that meet regularly which will help you get connected better at Real Life Church. There are also a number of various other groups that meet under the covering of Real Life Church. i.e sporting groups, community groups, mum's groups etc. Check out our Get Connected page for more info.
What should I wear?
We are a modern Aussie church and dress in a casual manner. Our minister will not be in robes. He will normally be wearing jeans and a shirt. We are more concerned about you being comfortable and relaxed than the clothes you wear.
Most people wear comfortable and casual clothes, but if you do want to wear a suit or your "Sunday best", feel free but it is certainly not required.
What do you do?
We believe your relationship with God is important. While "religion" often carries a connotation of robes, holy water and a pipe organ, you will not find those at Real Life Church. We always try to present our services in a creative and relevant way that encourages you on your journey to know God better, no matter what stage you are at.
Our services have contemporary music with a live band and relevant messages that will help you in your everyday life.
If you have children, our Real Kids program will ensure they are well looked after and have a fun time.
Every service we give the opportunity for people to take Holy Communion. This is simply a time to remember the sacrifice of Christ. If you do not feel comfortable during this time, you are more than welcome to pass on the tray of bread and grape juice.
Our services also includes an opportunity to give financially, which we call tithes and offerings. Make sure you read the next question…which will explain some more.
We also include an opportunity for anyone who would like to commit to being a Christian to do so. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ.
Do I have to give money?
Giving tithes and offerings is for those who call Real Life Church their church home.
If you are visiting, you are our guest. We want you to sit back and receive, not feel compelled to give. When this time in the service approaches, feel free to pass the bucket on.
What is the music like?
Real Life Church is a contemporary church with modern music.
While we value our Christian heritage which includes songs from the centuries before, we appreciate that different people like different types of music.
Our band is made up of skilled musicians and vocalists who lead the congregation. You will enjoy this time in the service!
During the music time, many people will stand and sing. This is a way that some people like to express themselves. If you feel comfortable, feel free to join in or simply stay seated and just enjoy the music.
Do I have to do anything?
You are our valued guest. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us. We do not have rituals or rules to follow, so no need to worry about if you are "doing it right". When you arrive at the church, someone will offer you a welcome pack which contains everything you need to know about Real Life Church.
What about my kids?
If you have kids, we have a Parents Room located at the back of the main auditorium. It has video link so you can still see what and hear what is happening in the service. Our Real Kids accommodates kids from 3 years to 12 years of age in a number of different age groups.
Real Kids offers a full kids program of games, activities and teaching. All of our Real Kids leaders have the necessary approvals to work with children. We have strict sign in and sign out procedure to ensure your children and safe at all times.
Our Real Kids program is run on site but in separate rooms. Parents are more than welcome to stay with their kids until they feel comfortable to leave them.
If you have any questions, or would like to see the Real Kids rooms, please ask one of our Here2Help team members and they will be glad to help.
How long does the service go for?
We appreciate that Sundays are a valuable day in your week.
All of our services are normally for about 1.5 hours or less.
We have a café in the foyer and would love the opportunity to meet you in person over a "real coffee" and some great food. If you are pressed for time, just let us know your details and we will be happy to catch up with you at a time that suits you better.
In the unusual event we are required to go later than expected, please feel free to quietly leave the auditorium – we will not be offended.
Do I need to bring a Bible or anything else?
All you need is you!
We believe in the Bible and our ministers use it as the reference point for their messages. Most of the time, the bible references are displayed on the screens for all to read.
If you have a Bible and would like to bring it, please feel free, but it is certainly not mandatory. In saying that, if you do not have a Bible and would like one, please ask one of our Here2Help team and they will give you a Bible at no cost as a gift from Real Life Church.
The Bible is a holy text broken into different books, with each book having different chapters and each chapter having different verses. If you have not read the Bible before, we suggest you read the book of Luke first – it is one of the four "gospels" (being Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) written describing the life of Christ.