God has provided the church to help believers grow in their faith. If you want to live a fruitful and productive Christian life then you need to become more integrated into a local church.
Below is a list of the core programs/ ministries Midrand Chapel provides in order to help believers live out their faith on a daily basis. While we encourage our members to make use of all of these opportunities, we understand that growth is a process. The ministries have therefore been arranged in order of priority to provide you with a systematic guide for greater involvement in the local church. Faithful commitment to one program is better than half-hearted, haphazard commitment to all eight.
Should you have any questions about these ministries please do not hesitate to contact the church office ( Contact Us ), or speak to one of the elders after a Sunday Service.
May God bless your intentional efforts to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus.
Overview of Midrand Chapel's Core Ministries/ Programs
This is an important gathering as it is the only time in the week that the whole congregation gathers for teaching, fellowship and worship (Heb 10:24-25). Our children remain with us throughout the Sunday service so that families can worship together (Eph 6:1-4). Pre-school children can go to “child-care” during the sermon and will be dismissed from the service at around 9:15am. Mothers or fathers with babies can make use of the cry room throughout the service.Tea/ Fellowship (Sunday, 10:00-10:30am, Kitchen): After the main service we have a time of fellowship and refreshments which allows members to welcome visitors and encourage one another in the gospel. We encourage every member to get to know every other member on a first name basis, a task greatly facilitated by the fellowship after the service (2 Cor 11:11-13).
Every true believer is a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-20) and should express this through a formal commitment to, and involvement in a local church. As such, we encourage visitors to actively pursue formal membership. Our formal membership process is explained on our Website: Church Membership
FOF stands for “Foundations of the Faith.” We encourage new believers and new members to ensure that they have laid a solid foundation for their Christian faith and life. As such we encourage them to work through a series of FOF lessons with a mature member of the church who will also help them integrate fully into the life and ministries of the church. Those applying for formal church membership work through the first two lessons of FOF, and are introduced to another member who can guide them through the remaining lessons at a pace suitable to them. FOF study notes can be obtained from our Website: Foundations of the Faith
There is a prayer meeting each Sunday before church and, once a month, a prayer/fellowship evening, which allows for a more extended time of prayer. In addition, we have a prayer chain available should you which to give and receive specific prayer requests as they arise.
A number of midweek Bible studies are run throughout the week. These small groups (10-15 people) study the Bible in a context which allows for discussion and interaction (Acts 17:11). It also facilitates the building of closer relationships in the church without which it would be very difficult to love one another personally and practically. Bible study leaders are charged with caring for the members of their group and facilitating their growth, development, and involvement in church (1 Pet 5:1-4). For this reason we encourage every member to faithfully attend a midweek Bible study if at all possible. A list of our midweek bible studies is available on our Website: Bible Studies
Sunday Seminary meets after church on Sundays. The purpose of Sunday Seminary is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” (Eph 4:12). We systematically work through various areas of biblical and practical theology which equip believers to live the Christian life and enable them to serve in specific ministries in the church. At the same time primary school children meet for Sunday school so that they can receive teaching at a level appropriate to their age. More information about Sunday Seminary is available on our Website: Sunday Seminary
The above ministries not only provide opportunities for you to learn and grow, but also for you to be used by God in the lives of others (1 Pet 4:8-11). From these, many opportunities will arise for serving others informally, if you are looking for them. In addition, you may be able to fill a specific need in one of the formal, organized ministries of the church. Contact one of the elders to help you find an appropriate place to serve.
Corporate Sunday worship is the largest gathering of our members and GAP groups are the smallest. GAP stands for “Group for Accountability and Prayer.” GAP groups consist of 2-4 people (of the same gender) who meet at a convenient time and place to pray and encourage each other in their striving for holiness (James 5:16). This affords members the opportunity to be honest about their sin and to make themselves accountable to others as they deem appropriate. They are informally arranged and co-ordinated.