What to Expect

What is a service like?

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

We are awaiting the appointment of a new Minister at the moment,  so we currently have a variety of people leading our services, such as Ministers visiting from other churches, trained lay worship leaders and a worship group made up of some of our own church members.

We use a projector and screen for all the words and songs, so it’s easy to follow along. There are also hymn books available for those who prefer. The screen is also often used to show slides and videos as part of our worship. There’s no pressure to take part. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshipping here is like. If anything seems unfamiliar, feel free to ask any of the people on duty, or someone sitting nearby.

How long are your services?

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

What is the music like?

We have a church organ which we use for part of most services but we also have a music group with piano, guitar, accordion, fiddle and sometimes even an autoharp! (Why not come along and find out just what that is!) We use a selection of modern and traditional songs, and on most Sundays the Music Group prepare a piece on the theme of the service that helps us in our worship.

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. All the words you’ll need are projected on a screen, and we’re quite happy for you not to join in if you don’t feel it’s appropriate.

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 on the first Sunday. The bread and wine are served to you in your seat. By the way – we always use non-alcoholic communion wine.

Everyone is invited to the Lord’s table – no-one is excluded – 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, located in the special Children’s space on the right hand side of the worship area. There are also adult-sized seats there so that parents can be near their children during the service.

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 bowl 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 box in the porch for prayer requests

 

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 coming along to our Bible study group could be a great next step. It’s an ideal place to ask those questions that we all choose to explore at some point.

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 on the door if you’re not sure who to ask.

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