What to Expect

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If you are a present or past worshipper, you will probably know what you are looking for in a church, so why not come and see if we can provide it? At the very least we hope you will find that you feel welcomed, at home, and in God’s presence.

If you are new to faith, or wondering about it, you are likely to have more questions than we can answer here – you’re very welcome to get in touch with us and we will try to try to help you with whatever you want to know.

Everyone has questions before they try something new. We’ve tried to answer some of the common things that people want to know, but if we’ve missed anything, just get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer.

What is a service like?

In our Sunday morning service you will find something for everyone, both new visitors and regular members.

Our Minister leads worship at least once each month, and other services are led by our team of “lay preachers” who all know us well.

Services on first sundays are especially intended to engage children, and children are welcome at all our services. There is a box of quiet toys to play with in the children’s corner at the front of the church. Sometimes the box gets tidied away when a wedding or funeral has been in the church, so if you can’t see it ask the person who greeted you at the door to get it back out of the vestry.

How long are your services?

Our Sunday services usually last around an hour.

What is the music like?

We have a traditional organ in the church, though sometimes we will use MP3s to sing something that doesn’t need an organ. Music is a mixture of traditional and more recent songs, and our hymn book is called “Rejoice and Sing”.

Will I know what to do?

Most people find their first visit to church more informal than they expected. We’re a friendly group of people, and our services are set up so you can relax and get to know us as a church. Reverend Catherine has visited many, many churches and her top tip is not to sit in the front row the first time you come, so that you can see someone else and feel reassured that they are doing what you are doing.

What about Communion?

Sharing bread and wine is an important part of our church community. It reminds us what Jesus did for us.  We currently have Communion once a month. The bread and wine are brought to you in your seat. Normally we

Everyone is invited to share in communion – no-one is excluded – but you can ask for a prayer or blessing instead if you prefer – please just ask when you arrive in the church.

What should I wear?

Please dress as you feel comfortable. Our congregation attends dressed in anything from casual to dressed-up. Take your pick!

What happens to my children during the service?

Children are welcomed at services, and there are toys and activities available for their use during the service, either in your pew or in the children’s area at the front of Chapel.

Our leaders have been DBS-checked and we have a full safeguarding policy in place, and review this regularly.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Absolutely not. Please feel free to just pass the basket on if you wish.

Many church members and regular attenders support the work of the church through cash donations, standing orders, or using envelopes that allow us to receive Gift Aid on donations. The money raised in the collection supports the cost of having ministers, training lay leaders, having music in the chapel, looking after our historic building and graveyards, and supporting the wider church, which in turn supports us.

What about prayer?

Prayer is at the heart of our church life,  and we believe that it can really make a difference in people’s lives. It’s one of the ways we can discover that God loves and cares about everyone and is with us always.

In addition to prayer during worship (spoken or silent) –

  • You can ask for prayer, and worship leaders will be pleased to pray with you at church.
  • You can ask to be visited by the minister or your elder, and they will pray with you at home.
  • You can ask us to open the church at another time in the week, to come in and pray.

What next?

Even if it’s your first visit to church, we hope you have a great experience, and that you’ll encounter the God who is so important to all of us. We believe God offers a promise and a hope to everyone, and our aim is to make it as easy as possible for others to discover this for the first time. Sunday services are a great place to do this, but if you want to do something different, just have a chat with one of the service leaders or elders.

We have some great opportunities. There is a range of social activities, coffee mornings, and one of our Bible study groups could be a great next step. You could also think about joining a home group.

Please remember, if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us, or just ask someone when you arrive. There’s always a welcome team on the door if you’re not sure who to ask.

Do come and visit. We’ll be pleased to welcome you.