What to Expect

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If you are a present or past worshipper, you will probably know what you are looking for in a church, so why not come and see if we can provide it? At the very least we hope you will find that you feel welcomed, at home, and in God’s presence.

If you are new to faith, or wondering about it, you are likely to have more questions than we can answer here – you’re very welcome to get in touch with us and we will try to try to help you with whatever you want to know.

Everyone has questions before they try something new. We’ve tried to answer some of the common things that people want to know, but if we’ve missed anything, just get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer.

What is a service like?

In our Sunday morning services you will find something for everyone, both new visitors and regular members.

At 9:00am there is a “Contemporary Service” with modern worship songs accompanied by guitar music and the words projected onto a screen, the service is a time of praise and worship, exploring spiritual gifts and exercising  ministry in fellowship, there is always a talk and occasionally Holy Communion led by a minister or and Elder

The 11:00am service is more traditional with hymns from “Rejoice and Sing” or “Mission Praise” led by a minister or Lay-Preacher and occasionally by members of our “Worship Team”. There are readings from the Bible, prayers and a sermon. Music is provided by a grand piano, or and electronic “hymnal” and occasionally on  our fine organ.

Occasionally , we have informal cafe-style worship where everyone remains seated at their tables and there is an informal discussion  instead of a sermon.

There’s no pressure to take part. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshiping here is like. If anything seems unfamiliar, feel free to ask the  welcome team member on duty at the door, or someone sitting nearby.

How long are your services?

Our Sunday morning services usually last around an hour and you are invited to stay for coffee and a chat afterwards.

Will I know what to do?

Most people find their first visit to church more informal than they expected. We’re a friendly group of people, and our services are set up so you can relax and get to know us as a church.  at 11.00am, Service sheets are provided when there are hymns that are not in the books, or there are prayers that you are invited to join in with.

What about Communion?

Sharing bread and wine is an important part of our church community. It reminds us what Jesus did for us.  We currently have Communion once a month. The bread and wine are served to you in your seat. water and gluten-free wafers are offered, as well as non-alcoholic wine and bread

Everyone is invited to the Lord’s table – no-one is excluded, it’s His table, not the church’s – but you can ask for a prayer or blessing instead if you prefer – please just ask when you arrive in the church.

What should I wear?

Please dress as you feel comfortable. Our congregation attends dressed in anything from casual to dressed-up. Take your pick!

What happens to my children during the service?

Children are welcomed at services, and there are toys and activities available for their use during the service, either in church or in the foyer which is next to the worship area.  This is where parents can retreat with their children see and hear what is happening in the service through speakers and a large window.

We have a full safeguarding policy in place, and review this regularly.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Absolutely not. Please feel free to just pass the bag on if you wish.

Many church members and regular attenders support the work of the church through cash donations, standing orders, or using envelopes that allow us to receive Gift Aid on donations.

What about prayer?

Prayer is at the heart of our church life,  and we believe that it can really make a difference in people’s lives. It’s one of the ways we can discover that God loves and cares about everyone and is with us always.

In addition to prayer during worship (spoken or silent) –

  • We are available after worship for anyone who asks for prayer
  • We have a board in the porch for prayer requests
  • We have occasional healing services

What next?

Even if it’s your first visit to church, we hope you have a great experience, and that you’ll encounter the God who is so important to all of us. We believe God offers a promise and a hope to everyone, and our aim is to make it as easy as possible for others to discover this for the first time. Sunday services are a great place to do this, but if you want to do something different, just have a chat with one of the service leaders or elders.

We have some great opportunities. There is a range of social activities, coffee mornings, and  our Bible study group could be a great next step.

Please remember, if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us, or just ask someone when you arrive. There’s always a welcome team member on the door if you’re not sure who to ask.

Do come and visit. We’ll be pleased to welcome you.