I'm New to Elim Church
We understand that you may have a few questions about our church as you make the decision whether or not to visit us in person. Here are some questions we are frequently asked about our church services:
WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU MEET?
We meet at 67 Harrow St in Central Dunedin every Sunday morning at 10am and during the Otago University semesters at 7pm.
In addition, we have Lifegroups that meet in various places across Dunedin, which cater to many different ages and interests.
WHAT DO YOU DO DURING SERVICES?
We believe your relationship with God is important. While "church" often carries a connotation of robes, holy water, choirs and pipe organs, you will not find any of these at Elim. We endeavor to present our services in a creative and fresh way that encourages you on your journey to know God. Our services have contemporary music with a live band and relevant teaching. If you have children, we have a great kids program they can join where they will be looked after and have a fun time!
WHAT IS THE MUSIC LIKE AT YOUR CHURCH?
Elim is a contemporary church with modern music. While we value our Christian heritage (which includes many beautiful songs from the centuries before), we appreciate that different people like different types of music. During the music time, many people will stand and sing, raise their arms, or clap. This is a way that some people like to express themselves and worship God. If you feel comfortable, feel free to join in, or simply stay seated and enjoy the music!
DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING DURING YOUR SERVICES?
There is no obligation to do anything at any of our services. We do regularly encourage our people to be involved in worship, serving, and giving but you are free to participate as much as you feel comfortable. Sometimes during the service we ask any new visitors if they would like to receive a gift pack with information about Elim (new people will be asked to raise their hands for this).
Often during our services we provide the opportunity for people to become a Christian, i.e. to follow Jesus, or to renew their faith in Christ. During this time, if you would like to make one of these commitments, we will ask that you briefly raise your hand as an acknowledgement of this. As a matter of courtesy and privacy, we ask that no one looks around or talks during this time – it is a matter between you and God. If you do make either of these decisions and raise your hand, a leader will pray a prayer which many others will pray also, and we encourage you to join in (either out loud or silently). If you have made the commitment to become a Christian for the first time, we would love to meet with you and answer any questions you may have! If you do not feel ready to make such a commitment, that's absolutely fine – please sit back, relax, and enjoy the service.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN I VISIT?
We are a contemporary church, so we dress in an informal manner. We are more concerned about you being comfortable and relaxed than the clothes you wear. Some of our church members spend their working week in suits and ties, and as such prefer to dress more casually on Sundays. Of course, if you do want to wear a suit (or your Sunday best), feel free, but it is certainly not required.
WHEN DOES YOUR CHURCH CELEBRATE COMMUNION?
Generally speaking, on the first Sunday of every month.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE MONEY WHEN I VISIT?
Giving tithes and offerings is for those who are part of the Elim community. You are our guest - we want you to sit back and receive, not feel compelled to give. In fact, the Bible tells us "Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure." (2 Corinthians 9:7). Unless you would like to make an offering, when the giving time in our service happens, feel free to pass the offering bag on.
WHAT TYPE OF PROGRAMMES DO YOU RUN FOR CHILDREN?
Our kids are important to us and we have special programmes suited to different age groups. Our leaders love to talk to parents about their children's needs and experience so please don't hesitate to contact them for a chat.
Discover our Kids Ministry
Discover our Youth Ministry
HOW LONG DO YOUR SERVICES GO ON FOR?
Our church services are ~ 75 minutes. After each service we have tea and coffee in the café area and would love the opportunity to meet you in person – if you are pressed for time, just let us know your details at the Info Desk and we will be happy to catch up with you at a time that suits you better.
DO I NEED TO BRING A BIBLE WITH ME WHEN I VISIT?
All you need to bring is you. We believe in the authority of the Bible and our Pastors engage with the Bible in their messages. If you have a Bible and would like to bring it with you, feel free – but it is certainly not mandatory. In saying that, if you do not have a Bible and would like one, please ask one of our Host Team members and they will give you a Bible at no cost as we beleive it will change your life.