Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Questions:
1. Where and when do you meet?
We meet every Sunday at 10am and 5pm in the heart of Christchurch, 285 Cashel St. In addition, we have Connect Groups that meet across Christchurch to cater to a wide range of ages and interests.
2. Your building looks like a converted warehouse?
That's because it is! We don't have any stained-glass windows, or a steeple, or pews for that matter ... Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, but they aren't essential for running a church and meeting with God.
3. What should I wear?
We are a contemporary church and dress in an informal manner. We are more concerned about you being comfortable and relaxed than the clothes you wear. Many members of Elim 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.
4. What do you do?
We believe your relationship with God is important. While “religion” often carries a connotation of rules and regulations. 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, they will be looked after and have a fun time too.
Once a month we celebrate communion. This is simply a time to remember the sacrifice of Christ. Our services also include an opportunity to give financially, which we call tithes and offerings. Make sure you read the next question…
We also include an opportunity for anyone who would like to commit to being a Christian to do so. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ. Please read question 7 for more in this regard. We are also privileged to have leaders in many fields from across our nation speak from time to time.
5. Do I have to give money?
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. When this time in the service approaches, feel free to pass the offering bag on.
6. What is the music like?
Elim is a contemporary church with modern music. While we value our Christian heritage which includes songs from the centuries before, we appreciate that different people like different types of music. Our band is made up of skilled musicians and vocalists who lead Elim. You will enjoy this time in the service!
During the music time, many people will stand and sing. This is a way that some people like to express themselves. If you feel comfortable, feel free to join in or simply stay seated and just enjoy the music.
7. Do I have to do anything?
You are our guest. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us. During the service, we would like to give you a gift if it is your first time. New people will be invited to the guest lounge area at the back of the auditorium after the service for to collect their free espresso coffee and to meet one our Pastors.
Each service we endeavor to provide the opportunity for people to become Christians. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ. At the end of most services, we will invite anyone that would like to make this commitment to do so. During this time, if you would like to make that commitment, we will ask that you briefly raise your hand as an acknowledgment of your commitment. 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 this decision and raise your hand, the minister will pray a prayer which many others will pray also and we encourage you to join in. If you have made that commitment for the first time, we have a team of specially trained assistants that would love to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. If you do not feel ready to make that commitment, that is fine, please enjoy yourself.
8. What about my kids?
If you have kids, we have a Parent's Room for children under 12 months with viewing and sound of the service in the auditorium. We also have a changing table for babies. We also run our J-Team program for 1-4 year olds, PowerZone kids church program for school years 0 - 6, and Utopia for school years 7 - 8. We also have Oxygen Youth on Wednesday nights for all high-schoolers. If you have any questions, or would like to see the children's area before a service, please ask at reception and we will be glad to help.
9. How long does the service go for?
We appreciate that Sundays are a valuable day in your week. All of our services are 75 minutes in length. In the unusual event that we are required to go later than expected, please feel free to quietly leave the auditorium – we will not be offended. We have tea and coffee in the foyer at the start and end of the meeting and would love the opportunity to meet you in person. If you are pressed for time, just let us know your details and we will be happy to catch up with you at a time that suits you better.
10. Do I need a Bible or anything?
All you need is you! We believe in the Bible and our ministers use it as the main reference point for teaching. If you have a Bible and would like to bring it, please 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 team and they will give you a Bible at no cost to you.