New to Church?

Perhaps you’re not sure how to go about ‘coming to church’ – don’t worry, it’s OK just to visit and see what happens. Here are some hints…

What’s the best service to come to?

If you’re coming with children you can either come to the 9.30am or 11:15am service. It lasts for 60 minutes and during it we have the Sunday School. The services are exactly the same just at different times. Or if you prefer try the 6.30pm service.

What should I wear?

Whatever you’re comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.

Can I park?

You can park in Francis Road and the surrounding roads. Please park in the marked bays or you could be fined and towed away.

If you’re not sure where the church is, there are maps and public transport information available here.

What time should I arrive?

We suggest you aim to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the service so you have time to park and find your way around.

Oh – how do I make sure I’m not in someone’s seat?

There’s no such thing! If a seat is empty, with no ‘reserved’ sign on it – you can sit there. We’re always happy to see visitors.

How do I get into the church?

There are two entrances at the front near the main road. The Main front entrance has steps, but there is a wheelchair slope at the side entrance. If you need to get help with this please let us know. In the autumn we plan to alter the main entrance so there is easier access for disabled people.

What books do I need, and where do I get them?

All the words you need for the service are on a screen at the front of the church. There are hymn books and service cards available from the back of church. When you arrive you will be offered a notice sheet and on the reverse is the outline of the sermon. There are Bibles in the backs of the chairs so you can follow the readings. We also have large print Bibles – please ask.

When do the children go to the Sunday School?

The service leader will announce that it’s time for the children to go to their groups. “Spotlight” for Primary aged children and “One Way” those who are in Secondary School. Your children can either go on their own with all the others, or you’re welcome to take them to the groups, and stay for a minute while they settle in.

We’ve got a creche area at the back of church, please stay with them as this is not maned. The service is audible through speakers in this room.
At the end of the service you should collect your child from the back of church while we all have tea or coffee.

How do I know when to stand or sit?

The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and for a couple of other bits. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure.

Do you have toilets?

Yes – at the back of Church. We are planning to install toilets for disabled people in the autumn.

What happens after the service?

At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the church. The music group will sing for a short while, but you’re welcome to get up during this. People will tend to chat for a few minutes in the church building, then many will drift through to the back of church building (where there are refreshments) for more chat. We’d love to meet you – so please come through and join in.

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