What to Expect

What to Expect

Welcome! Whether you’ve found yourself thinking about spiritual matters or you’re looking for a church you’ll find a warm welcome. We are a family of people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, brought together by the love of God in Jesus Christ, and seeking to live consistently with the Bible’s teaching.

Here’s a brief guide of what to expect if you’re coming to our church for the first time. Although regulations to control the spread of Covid-19 are no longer in force we are still making a few changes to our normal service format at the moment.

Attending a service

Currently we are asking people to book in before attending a service if at all possible. You can do that via email by clicking here. Don’t worry if you don’t have a chance to do that, we’d still be very pleased to see you. If attending the church in person isn’t something you are comfortable with at the moment you can view our services online by clicking here. When the weather allows we are meeting outside, so if you can bring a folding or camping chair with you that might be useful – we do have some chairs so don’t be put off if you don’t have a chair to bring!

Arriving

If you’re not sure where you’re going, click here for directions! Sunday services start at 11am and 5:30pm, and usually last around an hour, sometimes a bit longer. Please arrive with a few minutes to spare as we are asking people to enter the church one household at a time. You’ll be greeted at the door and asked to sanitise your hands before entering the church, unless we are meeting outside when someone will direct you. If we weren’t expecting you, that isn’t a problem, but we may take a moment to get you into the church to make sure there is a suitable space for you. We are not asking people to wear masks in the church, but you can if you wish to. If you feel more vulnerable and would like to be placed a little way from other people we can arrange that if you let us know.

Accessibility

The buildings are wheelchair-accessible, through both the front and side entrances. The chapel and main schoolroom have an induction loop system for the benefit of hearing aid wearers.

Seating

Currently we are asking people to sit in specific seats, this is part of the reason we’d like you to contact us before attending. If you do contact us before you attend and you have any specific needs we will do our best to accommodate these.

What happens

The service usually includes music, (and we are once again singing as a congregation), a Bible reading, prayers and a sermon. If you have a Bible then it would be great to bring it as it will help you follow what is being said. You won’t be asked to pray out loud, come forward, or introduce yourself to everyone.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome, and part of the service is often intended specifically for them. Please don’t be embarrassed if they make a little noise. Many of our members bring their own children so we are very used to children being present. We don’t run a formal creche, but if your child is not used to sitting for long periods or just needs to let off steam, the service is relayed into the old stables. Ask someone and they can direct you, unfortunately we aren’t currently able to provide toys and books, so if you think you might need a few things bring them with you. Baby changing facilities are available as well.

Afterwards

We love to meet new people and normally someone will introduce themselves after the service.

After our afternoon service you are very welcome to join us for tea or coffee and chat for longer.

No need to bring:

  • money – all our activities and services are completely free to attend.
  • “Sunday Best” – at our services you’ll find some people dressed smartly and others casually. We don’t make judgements based on how people are dressed, so come as you are!