Going to a church may be an awkward feeling for first timers, so below are some information to help you out.
What To Expect?
God is inviting us to celebrate the special blessings He has prepared for the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8, Hebrews 4:9-13), and so we provided various programs for you to enjoy this holy day.
On Friday night we have vesper worship which starts at 7:30 p.m. There is singing, testimonies, and/or preaching. Sometimes, it’s a musical rendition of praises by different musical groups. Usually this lasts for an hour.
On Saturday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m., we listen to reports and updates from other Adventist churches worldwide. You can also participate and freely share your thoughts and life experiences in relation to a common Bible topic being shared globally in that particular week. There is no enrollment nor membership fee. Just pick a small group, sit, learn, and study with them.
By 11:00 a.m., we continue to study God’s Word through singing and listening. Come, join us in singing those old favorite hymns, as well as new gospel songs. Pastor Arnold, an elder, or a guest speaker will then lead the congregation in studying God’s Word.
We share a potluck lunch after the service. There are groups in charge each week to welcome visitors in the cafeteria. Members and frequent guests are encouraged to bring their favorite vegetarian dishes.
The Sabbath Afternoon Praise, led by the youth, starts at 2:00 p.m. Aside from the usual discussion of issues that affect the youth, there are also health nuggets and Bible games to remind us of our physical and spiritual wellness in a fun way.
We want to celebrate with you God’s goodness all throughout the Sabbath day, but you are not obliged to attend or participate in all the day’s programs. As a first-timer, it is nice to be reminded that attending a church and joining all the activities are not mandatory. You can safely just sit and observe and “step in or step out” anytime as you wish.
What should I wear?
Some prefer it to be simple and plain, some want their best as they worship their Creator. There is no dress code aside from what common sense says. So whether you are in tuxedo or casual shirt, just come with the heart of humility set to Jesus.
Is there a parking space?
About 30 cars can park in the Parking Area 1, and 100 more in Parking Area 2 (inside the Thailand Adventist Mission Compound). If there is not enough space when you come, the security officers on duty will guide you to available parking.
Can I still come even if I’m ____________?
Fill-in-the-blank: single parent, divorced, recovering from addiction, atheist, skeptic, member of other Christian persuasion, a Buddhist, a Muslim, whatever it is you are welcome.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28). No one should stop you from going to church.
Do I need to give money or something?
Not necessarily. Although there is so much joy in giving back the tithes and offerings to our Creator, you can politely pass the offering bag to the person next to you if you’re not comfortable in doing so.
What do you offer for kids?
During Sabbath School (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.), there are separate age-level classes for children. They sing songs and learn about Jesus in an environment suitable for their age. Please approach our greeters to guide you on which room you will bring your children.
Some parents engage their children in singing by bringing them to regular practices of the Children’s Choir. It is indeed an overwhelming joy to see the children as young as two years old raising their praises for Jesus.
On summer vacation, a special Vacation Bible School is held where children use crafts, coloring books,singing and many more to practice and impart proper manners and Christian behavior which are essential in their growth for the community they lived in.
Do you have other questions?
Please don’t hesitate to message us if you have other questions not answered in this page.