Worship With Us
What Happens in Church
If you haven't been before, or not for a long time, it can be a bit daunting to come to church and we hope the information here will help you to know what to expect.
Have a look at the Visitors page for information about how to get to us, and the Our Church and the Halls and Rooms pages for help with getting your bearings.
Please get in touch with us through the office if you need any help or encouragement to come and join us for a service. The person who greets you at the door will be happy to show you inside, answer any questions you may have, or can introduce you to someone who is a "regular" if you like.
Times of services are on the Services page. Most services last around 60-70 minutes. The weekly Wednesday morning service is a bit shorter, although not if you have time to stay for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards! The Monday afternoon fellowship varies a little because the format is flexible and determined by the people who arrange it - it often includes a guest speaker for example, more often than not on a secular subject.
When you arrive
When you come into the building to attend a regular service someone will greet you and will usually offer you a copy of this week's notice sheet. They can give you a copy of our welcome booklet if you would like one. They will be happy to answer any questions you have or help you get your bearings. There will be some of our church stewards around - the people with the red name badges - and they will also be ready to help.
Please go on into church and find a seat. On Sunday mornings you might find a few of the seats/pews in the front marked with little signs reserving them so that when the Junior Church children come into the service later on they have somewhere to sit where they can see what's going on. Otherwise just sit wherever suits you.
There are always crèche facilities available at the 10.30 am Sunday service. Older children visiting that service are always welcome to join Junior Church. Junior Church runs every Sunday morning, except during family services when we all stay together in church. They usually start off in their own groups and come into the service towards the end of the service. The person who greets you at the door can show you to the crèche area in church or introduce you to someone from the Junior Church team that morning.
What to expect
The format of the service and the person leading it should make it clear as the service goes along what's happening. But nudge your neighbour and ask them if you aren't sure! Any service books or hymn books you might need will be in the pews already so you won't have to juggle with an armful of books when you arrive.
Services are a mixture of prayers, hymns or songs, and readings. An "average" service will include about five hymns or songs, prayers for others, a talk, and two or three readings from the Bible. On Sunday mornings there's also likely to be a short chat with the Junior Church children when they come into the service (around 11.20 ish).
Generally speaking, we only stand to sing and also when the collection has been taken and is being brought to the front of church to be blessed. Please don't stand up if that's a struggle for you. And please don't feel obliged to contribute to the collection - just pass the collection bag on without putting anything into it. Many church regulars contribute through their bank account so you won't be the only person to do that.
About once a month on Sunday evenings we have café church. This might be in church but it's more usually in one of the other rooms. It's much less formal and "organised" than a regular church service, and quite interactive, with an emphasis on conversation around a different topic. We'll be sitting around tables, there will be coffee and tea and cake, and you will find people getting up throughout to get themselves some more. Don't be shy - nobody else will be!
Prayer and Praise Group
This fairly new worship happens every month on a Sunday afternoon between 5.00 and 6.15 pm. We begin with sharing a simple meal, generally home made soup and roll, then have some time enjoying relaxed worship music and then a time of sharing thoughts and prayers based on a different Bible passage each time. It doesn't have the feel or the "organisation" of a traditional church service. Give it a try, you might like this way of meeting with God.