Normally, our family Morning Service begins with a focus on children with an understandable, engaging & exciting talk for them. Following this, the children are taken into age-appropriate small groups outside of the main meeting to take a deeper look into the Bible at a level suitable for them.
Meanwhile, those remaining in the main meeting participate in Communion, a time of reflection on the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made for us at the cross. At Westcliffe, this involves a short thought presented by a member of the church followed by a short time of quiet contemplation. This is followed by sharing the emblems of bread and wine which symbolise the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; an act of remembrance instructed by the Bible.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”Matthew ch 26 vs 26-28
Finally, there is a message presented to the congregation by a speaker. Westcliffe doesn’t have a paid pastor or speaker but invites someone either from their own congregation or another church to prepare a message based on the gospel, the Good News of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Often, this speaker will be the same person who spoke to the children and they will expand on what they discussed with the children at an adult level.
Throughout the meeting, the congregation sing hymns and celebration songs with live music. There are also individual and communal prayers which are usually led by one of the church’s elders.