We want visitors to feel really welcome, so here are a few answers to questions that you may have about our services.
1. Do I need to be a good person or believe the Bible to come along?
No. Our lives are not sorted. We all have questions, doubts, and troubles. We come to church to learn more about the God of the Bible who changes lives.
2. What do I wear?
Wear what you feel comfortable in. We are very informal. If your child wants to wear a favourite superhero costume, that’s fine – and we will try to act normal if you come dressed as Batman too.
3. When do I arrive and how long are the services?
We’d aim for about 10 minutes before the start of the service (10.30am). Sit anywhere where there is a free chair. Usually the service lasts an hour, less for an all-age service. Here’s more on our Sunday meetings and travel and accessibility.
4. What is there for children to do?
We try to make the service as family friendly as possible. We have children’s groups for those over 4 years old in the room next to the church. They do fun activities, and hear Bible stories, sing and watch videos. We will spend the first part of our service all together and will let you know when it is time for the children to leave for their groups. Your children are welcome to go out or stay with you in the service. There is a colouring table at the back of church for young children and you are welcome to take them into the Lounge area if they need a break, where you can listen to the service through the relay. All our volunteers are DBS checked in line with our Safeguarding Policy.
5. What happens during the services?
Usually we sing Christian songs, have prayers, Bible readings, talk and, sometimes, special presentations. We normally stand to sing songs and sit to pray and listen to the talk. There’s more on our midweek activities here.
6. Will I be asked to do anything?
No, you can sit and do nothing if you want. Words for the service will be projected on a screen at the front so we can participate if we wish – just like karaoke!
7. What do I do in a Communion Service?
Holy Communion is held twice a month and is the part of our service, where we share bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus’ death for us. All those who are baptised and follow Jesus as Saviour and Lord are welcome to go up to the front of church to have the bread and wine. Those who are not yet Christians, or who do not want to take Communion for any reason, can either stay in their chairs or go up to the front for a prayer.
8. Will I be asked for money?
No. We don’t take collections or ask visitors for money. Donations are welcome but we don’t want visitors to feel obliged to give.
9. Can I talk to someone about questions, problems or be prayed for?
We have people who can talk through difficulties or questions about faith and pray with you. Speak to one of the Welcome team and they will point them out.
10. What happens after the service?
Tea and coffee are served in the Lounge area, to the left of church. This is free. People normally stay and chat. Please stick around and meet people. You are free to leave whenever you wish.
If you have any other questions, please get in touch.