Is this your first time visiting us?
Walking into any type of meeting or gathering can feel a little intimidating the first time. You’re not sure where to go, what to do or who to talk to. You may want to remain anonymous and just “check everything out” from a distance. To help you feel more comfortable as our guest at one of our Sunday services, we’d like to help put you at ease by letting you know what you can expect.
What happens before the Service?
We want to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on Sundays and in our service. So when you arrive we’ll briefly welcome you and hand you a bulletin which simply has some information about our service that day and also some information about upcoming events that our church has on in the next days or weeks.
Before the service, we’ll have coffee and tea available and you can get settled in and relax before our service begins. If you have children, this is a good time to talk to one of our welcome team about what is going on for our children’s programme that day.
What’s the service like?
The style of our service is informal, relaxed and contemporary. Our service begins at 11:00am and finishes at around 12:15pm. We start our service with 20 to 25 minutes of worship music led by our worship band, which will help lead the congregation. This is a time when we want to worship God. This is when we are turning to him, focusing our minds and hearts back towards him and leaning into his presence with us as individuals and a community. We usually repeat some of the verses of the songs a few times as the words are like singing prayers.
We then have a few minutes to highlight events and things that are happening in our community and at this time the children ( aged 2 ½ - 12 years ) are excused to go to an age- appropriate programme specially designed for them.
This is followed by a 30 - 35 minute sermon given by the lead pastor or a member of our leadership team. Our aim is that the sermon would help us apply the truth of the Bible to our lives. We want this to be meaningful, inspiring and relevant to our everyday lives.
After the sermon, we want to take a few minutes to respond to what we’ve heard. With so much “noise” in our everyday lives, we want to make some space for personal reflection so we sing another worship song to help us and then the pastor will lead us in a closing prayer and time of praying a blessing over the congregation. There will usually also be an opportunity to receive prayer for any personal need including healing.
What happens after the service?
We then have time to chat over a coffee or tea and some kind of nice treat . We’d love to meet you and Sean and the other members of staff are available to answer any questions you may have. We also have an information table and we have a welcome pack to give to all our guests so please drop by to pick one up.
As a guest you are more than welcome to fully participate or to be a ‘fly on the wall’ – just sit and watch, whatever you feel comfortable with.
What can I expect with my children?
Family Room for Babies and toddlers under 2 ½
During our service we have a designated “family room” for parents, babies and toddlers. This area is a space off our main meeting room where parents can settle little ones during the service if needed. Our family room is linked with video and sound so parents can still feel connected to the main service while settling their children.
We have an age specific children’s programme available each Sunday with the exclusion of July and August. Our programme has three different “zones” that cater for children between 2 ½ - 6th class and are provided by volunteers from our church. These zones are located in the crèche area of the YMCA. All our children’s volunteers are Garda vetted.
Little Sprouts: 2 ½ - Jr Infants (age 5 ). Check-in starts from 10:50 in the crèche area and finishes at 12:20. Parents are asked to check-in and collect their children.
Kids Konnection: Sr Infants (age 6 ) thru 4th class. Check-in starts from 10:50 in the crèche area and finishes at 12:20. Parents are asked to check-in and collect their children.
Junction 56: 5th and 6th class students. Please note that this group starts at 11:20 for worship up in the main meeting room and then go downstairs to another meeting space in the crèche area of the YMCA. This group finishes at 12:20. A leader accompanies the young people down to the crèche area. Parents are asked to collect their children down stairs in the crèche area.
Vineyard Youth: Secondary school age students. These students participate in our main service in the main meeting room and then bimonthly meet up after the worship time ( approx.11:20 ) for “Source” which is geared for their age. Source is led by youth workers who are volunteers and are Garda vetted. Young people are accompanied to the meeting room and then accompanied back to the main hall after the service.
What time does the service start and finish?
Our service begins at 11:00am and we aim to end at 12:15pm. Please join us for a coffee at 10:45 before the service begins.
Where does your service take place on Sundays?
Our Sunday service takes place in the Dublin City YMCA. The YMCA is located in Dublin City Centre on the corner of Aungier Street and York Street in Dublin 2, on the south-side of the city. We only meet here on Sundays. You can find directions here.