Some people like to raise their hands in gratitude to God – it’s a bit like holding up your hands when someone points a gun at you – a sign of submission. (Ps 63:4)
Some people speak in other languages that Christians call ‘tongues’. It may sound strange but it means something to God. (Acts 2:4)
When we pray for people we may lay our hands on them – this has to do with identifying with their need. (1 Tim 4:14)
Some people react in a physical way to God’s presence or to prayer – they may shake or fall over. We try to catch them! (John 18:6)
Some people spontaneously speak out a message we call prophecy. We listen carefully as this is a way God speaks to us (1 Cor 14:3)
Some people leap or dance a jig because they are happy or excited. (2 Sam 6:16)
Some people may kneel down or lay on the floor to indicate that God is greater than they are. (Eph 3:14)
Sometimes when young people meet pop stars there is hysteria, other times they are dumbstruck, and occasionally they faint. At a football match people can go absolutely wild – there is much shouting and singing. In church the same sort of people meet together and react in similar ways when they encounter God.
Some people want to be very quiet and calm in church, some people weep or laugh. We try to have a balance where people can express themselves before God and the purpose of our gathering can be achieved.
We would love it today if you felt at home with us. Don't be put off by anyone else, just focus on God. All we ask is that you don't draw attention to yourself, but simply worship Jesus. If at any point you are confused or worried, then please talk to one of our leaders who will be happy to answer your questions.