We understand that every church does things a little differently and that coming to a new church may be a little intimidating. We want everyone who comes to RPC, whether once or a lifetime, to feel like they know what to expect from our church meetings. Here are some answers to a few questions you might have. If your question isn't answered here, please send us an email.
Q: When do you meet on Sundays?
A: On Sundays we have two main meetings: 10am and 5pm. Click here for more information about our Sunday services.
Q: Is there childcare available at your services?
A: Yes! But it’s more than just a babysitting service! From our babies to our teens, the volunteers involved in our children's and youth ministries see your child/teenager as a person with a capacity to grow spiritually no matter how old they are. Ask the person who greets you at the door to help you find the right place for your child.
Q: What kind of music do you sing?
A: We believe that there is no such thing as Christian music, only Christian lyrics! We understand that people’s taste in music varies greatly. That’s why we offer different services with different musical styles. At Morning Church (10am) we use a mixture of traditional hymns with some modern songs which are accompanied by pipe organ or piano. At Sunday@5 we sing mainly contemporary music.
Q: What denomination are you?
A: RPC is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The Presbyterian Church became an Australian denomination in 1901. The name Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbuteros which is the word for 'elder' (mature Christian leader) in the New Testament of the Bible.
Q: What should we wear?
A: At our Sunday gatherings you will see everything from jeans to suits - and because we're so close to the beach, some people come to Sunday@5 dressed in shorts and thongs/flip flops. Most people come dressed casually, but it's entirely up to you.
Q: Will I be asked to give money?
A: We never ask our guests to give anything … simply enjoy the teaching and fellowship that is offered as a gift from our family to you. Of course you can make an donation if you wish, but none is ever expected from visitors. That is the responsibility of our members and regular attendees.
Q: How do I get involved?
A: The best way get to know people is through our Bible study groups. Bible study groups are small meetings of RPC people during the week. They meet all over the Eastern Suburbs - from Maroubra to Kensington to Randwick - and provide opportunities for people to build friendships, talk about their faith and support one another in life. Bible study groups usually take a break over the school holidays.