Are you new to Eight Mile Plains Church?
First and foremost - welcome! Whether you've been to church all your life or can't remember the last time you attended, we understand how intimidating it can be when you visit a new church. That is why you'll find us with a warm smile; ready to put any nerves you have at ease.
To help you know what to expect on the day, we've included a little more about our Church Services and Sabbath School classes here for you.
We have two main church services on Sabbath (Saturday) mornings, one at 8am and one at 11am. This is the time where we unite together, learn more about God and gather strength from His Word.
The following is an example of what a typical weekly church service is like:
- 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 to help teach our Children about an aspect of the Bible.
- Special Item – This can be a musical item or 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 – One of our local pastors or a guest speaker will share a message with us 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 and catch up with friends
Our Sabbath School classes start at 9.30am and are run as a small group Bible study. They are an opportunity to discuss the teachings of the Bible and socialise with each other.
Sabbath school classes are divided into the following general age groups:
- Adults (ages 26+)
- Youth (ages 16 – 25)
- Teens (ages 10-15)
- Primary (ages 6-9)
- Kindergarten (ages 3-5)
- Beginners (for parents with infants 0-2 yrs)
The following is an example of what a typical Sabbath School program is like for Adults:
- Song service
- Special Item – this can be a musical item or a drama performance on an aspect or story in the Bible
- Mission Story – Every three months, the Seventh-day Adventist church focuses on a certain region of the world and on how church members can help people in that region. The needs and stories of these people are told.
- Offering – we collect an offering in Sabbath school to support the mission project.
- Lesson Study – At this point, everyone breaks into small groups to study the Bible. You can choose which group you want to attend. The duration of the lesson study is about 30-40 minutes. During this time, we study the Bible using the Sabbath School lesson as a guide. The Sabbath School lesson is a Bible-study guide produced every three months by the worldwide church's Sabbath School Department. People are encouraged to study the lesson throughout the week and, during Sabbath School, discuss what it is teaching and have the opportunity to share how it has made an impact on them.
What we believe
As a Christian church, our faith is grounded in the teachings of the Bible. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and our guide to living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
We believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit make up the one loving God. We believe that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for our wrongs and that the salvation He gives is just that – a gift – that is freely to those who want to know and serve Him.
Want to know more? You can find out more about our beliefs at www.adventist.org/en/beliefs/.
Meet our pastors
We are blessed to have two amazing pastors here at EMP Church, and they are always happy to talk with you, visit with you and organise Bible studies with you if you would like to know more about God and his plan for you.
You can meet our pastoral team here.