Just as a brief explanation, home church is usually the seedbed for a house church. Some in the regular institutional setting may dislike the concept of home church, and it can have its shortcomings, but it can be the first step in either starting, or finding a house congregation. We have home/house churched for serveral years now. We have had families come and go. It's not for everyone, but for some of us, it's the only way to go. We like it.
How do you conduct your own services?
We usually gather and sing a good while. Family and friends pick their favorite hymns, catch a starting note on a pitch pipe (we sing a capella by preference,) and sing away. We'll then have prayers, and launch into a traditional sounding sermon, or a bible study.
We close in prayer, and sometimes have some discussion afterward. Then again, it is not highly unusual to have discussion during the message. This is not a "play" or a "performance" so we can be impromtu and enjoy learning of the Lord together.
Do you have nonfamily members worshipping with you?
Oh yes, this is not some oddball click. We are blood-washed saints, gathering in the name of Jesus, for mutual edification and worship of the Lord.
That's what we do.
Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, "Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not." --Martin Luther
Sistre Kat I must tell you that is an excellent and very important thing to do. Let me relate a little something that happened to me a few years ago. Bear in mind that at times my favorite hobby seems to be arguing with the Holy Spirit.
I could not understand the book of Hebrews. No pun intended but it was literally like Greek to me.
One Saturday morning as I was picking up my Bible to read I hear the soft, still voice of the Holy Spirit saying, "Read Hebrew." I answered by saying, "I am going to read ! Corinthians." Again the voice prompted me to read Hebrews and once again I declined.
The next day after Church I was going to read my Bible when once again I heard the voice telling me to read Hebrews. Not being one to push things tooo much I decided I would read Hebrews. Sister I am here to tell you the Book was opened up to me in such a way as it had not been before.
You see, the Lord knew I was ready to read Hebrews. Yet me being stubborn and pig-headed had to do it my way. When I decided to accede to the prompting I profited greatly. Oh that I could learn to do that each time.
In Christ, George
(Galatians 5:1) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.