We understand you may have a few questions about Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church (HXUC) in making your decision whether or not to visit in person.
Here are some helpful pointers.
1. Where and when do you meet?
We have one location in Hoppers Crossing, at two3five Derrimut Road – right next to the Pacific Werribee shopping centre.
There is easy parking and disabled access. Our Sunday services begin at 10 AM. Sunday School also runs during the service (during school terms). All kids stay with their parents/carers for the first part of the service, and then they all go out together.
We also run Messy Church once a month. More You can find more info here.
2. What should I wear?
We are a modern, multi-cultural church and dress in a casual manner. We are more concerned about you being comfortable and relaxed than the clothes you wear.
Most people wear comfortable and casual clothes, but if you do want to wear a suit or your "Sunday best", feel free, but it is certainly not required.
3. What do you do?
We always try to present our services creatively and relevantly to encourage you on your journey to know God better, no matter which stage you are.
Our services are family-friendly and include a steady blend of contemporary and traditional music with a live band and relevant messages which will help you in your everyday life.
We give the opportunity for people to share Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a time to remember the sacrifice of Christ. If you do not feel comfortable during this period, you are more than welcome to experience the atmosphere, but skip the bread and grape juice.
Our services also include an opportunity to give financially, which we call tithes and offerings. Make sure you read the next question…which will explain some more.
4. Do I have to give money?
Giving tithes and offerings is for those who call HXUC their church home.
If you are visiting, 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 bag on.
5. What is the music like?
HXUC 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 the congregation. You will enjoy this time in the service!
During the music, many people will stand and sing. Some people like to express themselves in this way. If you feel comfortable, feel free to join in or stay seated and enjoy the music.
6. Do I have to do anything?
You are our valued guest. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us. We do not have rituals or rules to follow, so no need to worry about if you are "doing it right". When you arrive at the church, someone will welcome you and show you in.
7. What about my kids?
If you have nursing children, we have a Parents Room located at the side of the Sanctuary. It has a window so you can still see and hear what is happening in the service.
Our Sunday School accommodates kids from 3 years to 12 years of age and runs during the service.
We offer a full kids program of games, activities and teaching. All of our leaders have the necessary approvals to work with children.
Our Sunday School program is run on-site but in separate rooms. Parents are more than welcome to stay with their kids until they feel comfortable to leave them.
8. How long is the service?
We appreciate that Sundays are a valuable day of your week.
Our services are usually about 1.5 hours or less.
We have a café in the foyer and would love the opportunity to meet you in person over a "real coffee". 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.
In the unusual event we are required to go later than expected, please feel free to leave the Sanctuary quietly – we will not be offended.
9. Do I need to bring a Bible or anything else?
All you need is you!
We believe in the Bible, and our Minister uses it as the reference point for their messages. Most of the time, the Bible references are displayed on the screens for all to read.
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, we have plenty to available to borrow from the back of the Sanctuary.