What to Expect
Visiting the local church for the very first time can make anyone a little nervous. What do I wear? What time do I show up? What can I expect? These and many more questions can come to your mind. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Pogradec Bible Assembly will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and “at home!” Here are a few answers to your questions about what you might expect on your first visit.
What should I wear?
There is not a dress code at Pogradec Bible Assembly for members or guests. Even though some of us dress in more formal dress, no specific attire is required, and the believers here wear a variety of styles of clothing. We think it makes sense to wear nice, clean, modest clothing to church. As long as you do that you will not feel out of place.
What are your meetings like?
The Breaking of Bread is our communion service. It is usually about 1 hour in length and is held Sunday morning. It is unstructured and non-liturgical. Brothers will rise to their feet to pray, suggest a hymn, or read and expound upon a passage of Scripture. The purpose is worship, not teaching or exhortation, and most comments will address some aspect of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Often, a theme will develop. Sisters do not offer audible worship, although many will participate in the singing and most wear a headcovering in our services. Their silent participation is valued and certainly sets a tone for the meeting. Usually towards the end, a brother will give thanks for the bread and give thanks for the wine. The emblems are passed around, with all in fellowship participating. This is usually the only meeting at which a collection is taken up.
Then we have a time of fellowship, where teach or coffee is served and then we have the preaching of the Word. Usually there will be 20 minutes of hymns, announcements, etc. and a 40 minute sermon. Often baptisms will take place at the Sunday morning meeting, and once a month we organize to eat together. Sometimes brothers from this local church will preach, and sometimes visiting brothers or full-time workers will preach.
On Wednesdays we have the assembly prayer meeting. In addition to the songs and prayers, there is a short time of mutual edification by reading and studying the Bible together.
Although not really considered church meetings, we have the Children Meeting, the Youth Meeting, the Sister’s Meeting and other activities.
If there’s something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for the church in Pogradec, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended a local church, we hope your first visit at Pogradec Bible Assembly will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you’ll feel right at home from the very first moment you step onto our midst! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!