If you’re thinking about coming along to one of our public talks for the first time, you may have some questions about what to expect.
When does it start and how long does it go on for?
Our public talks are usually held early Sunday afternoon. The exact time differs between locations, which you can see on our Find us page. The talks last for approximately an hour.
Do I need to bring anything?
No. You will probably need a Bible and hymn book, but you can borrow them from us. We have a variety of translations you could borrow including the traditional KJV or if you prefer a more contemporary translation, the NKJV or ESV. If you have your own Bible then please feel free to bring that with you.
Is there a Vicar, Priest or Pastor who leads the service?
No. We don’t have any paid clergy so the meeting will be led by one of our members (referred to as a president) and a talk will usually be given by a visiting speaker.
There will usually be a couple of prayers, two or three hymns, a Bible reading and the talk. The president will make it clear when you are expected to sing or pray etc.
Will I be expected to do anything?
No. You, nor any of the congregation, will be expected do anything other than listen and sing (if you want to!).
Will I know any of the hymns?
We have our own hymn book, but many of the hymns or tunes are widely used in other churches. There may be a few which will be new to you as they have been written by Christadelphians.
Is there a collection?
No, not at the public talk.
Is there a dress code?
No, just come in what you like. One question people sometimes ask is “why do all the ladies appear to be wearing hats?” This is because, like many other Christian denominations we believe that during services women members should cover their heads. But don’t worry; as a visitor we do not expect you to wear a hat.