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. Much of what we do has been affected by regulations to control the spread of Covid-19 so you’ll see a number of temporary measures in place 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.

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. If we weren’t expecting you, that isn’t a problem, but we may ask for some contact details for you to comply with Covid track and trace rules.

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, but at the moment no congregational singing (one or two of our members may sing to lead the rest of the 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. To comply with current regulations we have to maintain social distancing within the church so please don’t be upset if we don’t offer to shake your hand! To comply with government regulations we are encouraging people to leave soon after the service is finished.

When you leave there is a one way system in place so please follow the signs or ask someone near you if you are unsure.

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!