Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does going to church make me a 'Christian'?

    No it doesn't - any more than going to the cinema will make you a film star! Calling yourself 'Christian' means that you have acknowledged your sin before God, repented, thanked Jesus for dying on the cross to cleanse you of that sin, and asked Him to come into your life - to be your Lord and Saviour. Going to church is an off-shoot of that relationship with God, because you will want to be around other Christians - to worship and pray with them, to listen to the Word of God with them, and to have fellowship with them.

  • What is prayer?

    There is a fundamental difference between 'saying your prayers' and 'praying' - saying your prayers can just be vain repetition of the same words over and over again, day after day. Real prayer means coming before a Holy God, acknowledging your need of Him in your life, sharing your needs and problems with Him, but most importantly, allowing Him to speak to you through the Word of God. Prayer is often more about listening than speaking. It should be a dialogue between you and the Lord, and not just one way traffic.

  • Would God Accept Me?

    Yes he would. Why? God sent his Son to save mankind so why should you be different? Although those close to us may reject us because of who or what we are, God views us differently:

    1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    This is good news because no matter what I look like or behave like, God knows the real me and that is who God is interested in, not the outward act but the inner depth. He is interested in everyone, even if close family have rejected us:

    Psalm 27:10 NIV
    Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

    He loves all his creation:

    John 3:16-18 NIV
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

    All we have to do is respond in the right way:

    Acts 3:19 NIV
    Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

    Acts 2:38 NIV
    Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Would God accept me, yes. The true question is, will I accept God?

  • How does your church reach the community?

    We have a wonderful mixed group of people who attend our church meetings and we all support each other very well.

    In addition to this, we make sure that we are also open to the wider community and have so many groups people can attend, for example:  Toddler Group, Café, Craft Café and TOOTS (Time Out on Tuesdays – a group where people can relax with friends, play board games and hear an encouraging thought for the day, plus have lunch together).

    We always also find ways to give additional support to anyone who attends these groups because everyone is part of the family here.

  • Is the building accessible for everyone?

    We have an amazing building and we always offer additional support to anyone that attends if they need it.

    We have ramps in place into the main hall and also into our café area plus a fully accessible toilet.

    We are happy to welcome anyone into our main services and outreach groups. If you have any additional needs, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to accommodate you where possible.

  • What is the worship like?

    We have a great worship team and they sensitively lead us into God’s presence. We mainly sing contemporary, God focused, worship songs and from time to time include some of the great old hymns too.During worship, members of the congregation are encouraged to pray or bring a word from the Lord, as the Spirit leads. The words to the songs are displayed on a wall mounted screen. 

  • How often do you have communion?

    Most weeks during the morning service. The table is open to anyone who loves the Lord and it is the parents responsibility to decide at what age their children are ready and understand what it means. We use grape juice to represent the blood of Christ and small squares of bread (including gluten free) to represent His body. Someone different each week brings a few words to help us focus our thoughts on what we are about to do.

  • What's the Sunday service like?

    We are a family church with various activities (link to relevant site pages), our Sunday morning service is a time for us to worship together with contemporary music, we share communion, pray for the sick and listen to God's word whilst the children attend age related groups.

  • Do you have a Sunday school?

    Yes we currently hold two groups run by a dedicated and caring team of teachers and helpers. The younger group age range is from 5 - 10 years old. The older group age range is from 11 – 14 years old.

  • Do you have a crèche?

    Yes we have a supervised crèche run by a dedicated and caring team for children of age range 1 day to 4 years old. However, we would prefer if one parent was in attendance if their child is under the age of 2.

  • Are there any young adults ministries at RCCI?

    Yes, the young adults of the church are passionate about meeting together to worship, encourage one another and seek the LORD and study His word. Every other week on Thursday evenings we will meet in the church café for a short time of worship, and to sit round the table, read from God’s word and share together. The meetings are informal, allowing everyone who comes along to ask questions and share what they feel the LORD is saying to them.

    On the alternate Friday, we travel as a group over to a young adults ministry in Daventry called Impact, where we enjoy fellowship and friendship with young adults from other churches in the Northamptonshire area.

    If you would like to know anything more about the young adults ministry at Irchester, or what the young adults will be getting up to this week, please email or speak to James directly.

  • Why is it important for children to know the Bible?

    The Bible is God's word, His authority in all matters. No matter what the social norms of the day are, God's word (in its original form) has remained constant and gives us '...all things we need for life and godliness.' (2 Peter 2:3). After all, He created life and knows how we are to live it! Through his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul reminds us that 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...' If we are to lead our children in the ways of the LORD and provide a secure foundation for their lives, God's word must be central; most importantly, how we regard God's word will impact our children - let them see us valuing God's word, applying it daily to our lives and living in the truth of it!

  • Does your church support missions?

    We commit a portion of our income to support missions in the UK and around the world; we currently provide regular support for a volunteer working with Holocaust survivors in Israel, congregations in Cambodia and Poland, and 3 children through the work of Compassion UK.