Plymouth Brethren Christian Church life
Learn more about our church life and what family and faith means to us
As members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, we strongly believe that the family is of particular importance. We live, work and pray as “Brethren” – a community of families held together by our common Christian belief.
We congregate every Sunday in simple Meeting Rooms (Gospel Halls) to celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) and to preach the Gospel. We also gather daily for Bible readings and prayers. We ask for privacy as a congregation for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and other special occasions which are by invitation.
We regularly hold Gospel preachings in our halls on Sunday which are open for members of the greater public community to attend. We also preach the Gospel in public, praying that others too will find salvation in Jesus Christ through the Holy Bible.
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Weekly Meetings Calendar
Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is central to our lives. It is celebrated each first day of the week by every member of the Plymouth Brethren and it serves to hold our community together in the bond of Christian fellowship and in committal to the Lord Jesus Christ. This simple and private service follows the form given in 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, John 20:19, Acts 20:7 and other Scriptures. It is keenly attended by all our households, and we include our children who receive the sacraments on the basis of the words of Jesus: “Take eat, this is my body” Matthew 26:26-28.
The gospel is preached in our halls up to nine times each Sunday and members of the wider public are welcome to attend. Like all churches, however, we do ask a certain level of decorum in dress and behaviour.
All our meetings are based on the Bible and include Bible readings. Persons are free to select a text from the Bible and many other verses are brought into a mutual discussion by the congregation.
Weekly meetings specifically for prayer are held in our meeting halls globally. At these occasions, prayers are made for a wide variety of subjects including governments, wars, natural disasters and persons in poverty, oppression, sickness and need. Brethren members are kept updated as to current issues. Thousands of public prayers are made each week in our meeting halls.
Each day, Brethren meet in purpose-built churches, which are used only for Christian worship and not for secular or other activities.
Our meetings are centered around the Holy Scripture. Selected scripture from the Bible provide the subject for mutually conversational Bible readings, gospel sermons and addresses based on texts of Scripture. We open and close our meetings with a prayer and the collective singing of a hymn.
Special meetings are often held. These may take the form of ‘fellowship meetings’ or ‘three day meetings’ (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). On these occasions, attendance is on the basis of invitation and often includes national and worldwide representation. The only material read and discussed in these meetings is the Bible.
Sunday (Lord’s day) is regarded as a special day, commencing with the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) at 6am at local churches and thereafter the day is filled with Bible readings and preachings of the Gospel and the Word of God. We also entertain Brethren in our homes for lunches and evening meals.