Welcome to The Lakes Church!
If you have never been to church before – we are ready for you! We can’t wait to show you how relaxed and authentic church can be, and how simple it is to start a mind-blowing adventure with the real Jesus of the bible. If you have been a Christian for a while or if you are visiting for just one day – we are keen to meet you too.
No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, at The Lakes Church you’ll find a family, a spiritual home, a place to heal or a place to grow, and you’ll find answers to questions you have about life, faith and Jesus. We want to respect where you’re at in your life journey and give you space to experience as much or as little as you are ready for, so here is some info to help you know what to expect when you visit us.
Our Sunday services are at 8:30am and 10:30am every Sunday. Both services are the same so you won’t miss anything if you prefer one time over the other.
Where to go when you arrive
Head straight to the front doors on Greenslopes Street and pick up a Welcome Pack on your way in – this our gift to you as a first-time visitor. We would love to meet you at the Info Desk which is just on your right as you walk through the front doors. If you have questions, the Info Desk is your first stop. If you want to just sit back and observe for awhile that is ok too, take as much time as you need.
What to wear to a service
We are very relaxed in the tropics and you will most likely see one of our Pastor’s wearing shorts and thongs so just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!
What to bring to a service
You don’t need to bring anything except perhaps your baby bag if you have a little one. We have complimentary refreshments after the service, and complimentary bibles if you are interested. You don’t need to have a bible during the service and you don’t need to know anything about the bible to be able to follow along. You are welcome to bring your phone (you probably do want to put it on silent though).
What happens during a service
– We sing together about who God is and what he is like.
– We take Communion as a way to remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Anyone can participate, you don’t have to have done anything special to join in. We will walk to one of the helpers, take a piece of the bread (GF), dip it in the cup of juice and take a few minutes back at our seats to remember Jesus or pray to him.
– We’ll take up an offering which supports the church, our local community and people in need throughout the world. If you haven’t come prepared to give, that’s completely fine, simply pass the bag along.
– One of our pastors or leaders will give a short message to teach and encourage you from the Bible on an aspect of life or faith. Even if you are not a Christian, we are confident you will still be encouraged and get value for your life from the message.
– We would love you to join us for a hot or cold drink and morning tea outside after the service. If you have kids they will love exploring the Nature Playground while you chat!
If you have kids
We value children and we strive to be the safest, most relevant and the most fun kids church experience in the region. Please do not stress out if your kids make noise during the service – our kids are probably making noise too so they will fit right in!
We have baby and toddler rooms at the back of the building with toys so your little ones can play if they are restless. Mid-way through the service kids from 18-months to Grade 6 go out to join in with the fun kids programs called “Lakes Kids”. You are invited to come and take a look, to meet the leaders and see what they do. We will ask you to sign a registration form which helps us keep your kids really safe and cared for. All of our leaders are screened and trained to very high Child Safe practices. Kids are signed in and out of the programs by you.
High-school aged kids are welcome to enjoy the service with you. We also encourage our teenagers join our Junior Leaders program where we train them in leadership and teach them to serve other families and younger children.
We have a carpark adjacent to the building on MacNamara Street, and there is plenty of street parking available along MacNamara and Greenslopes Street’s. Be sure to have a look into our carpark if you are coming to the 10:30am service as there are often parks that become available from 10am, even though it might seem to be full.
Take a Taxi or Uber to the corner of MacNamara and Greenslopes Sts, Edge Hill. If you take the bus, you can use Translink’s Journey Planner.
We have wheelchair access and will assist with any other mobility requirements needed to ensure everyone is able to participate in the same way.
Let us know you are coming
If you are planning to visit this weekend, feel free to pre-register your kids here to save you time at check-in on Sunday. If you don’t have kids – we would love to meet you at the Info Desk. Let us know you are coming here.
Get in touch here and we will help you out with whatever you’d like to know.
If you are unable to or not ready to come to church, or even if you are just curious, take a look here. You might also be interested in our book and series based on common questions people have about religion, church and faith. Check it out here.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly church in Cairns that is open to all denominations and to unchurched or curious visitors, make sure you come and visit.
Cairns Church of Christ, “The Lakes Church”, a warm and friendly place to find out more about Jesus and the Bible, to find new friends in Cairns.