Haven’t been to church before, or not for a long time? Don’t panic – we will give you a warm welcome and there’s no compulsion to take part in anything you aren’t comfortable with.
What should I wear?
Come in your usual casual clothes and you will fit right in.
Will I have to sing?
No, we won’t mind if you’d rather just listen! Many of us love to express ourselves to God through songs, and there will be a mixture of well-known hymns and recently written songs in our 11:00am service. Words are provided on a screen at the front of the church, and you can sing along if you feel comfortable. But don’t worry – even the most devoted Christians don’t always feel like singing.
Do I need to make a donation?
We do have a collection at both our morning services but this is for our regular members who haven’t set up a regular payment by standing order. We don’t ask for money from visitors; you are much more important than your wallet. our regular members support the church financially.
What does a service include?
As well as songs, there will be prayers to listen to and join in silently, a talk about some aspect of the Bible or Christian living, and an opportunity, if you wish, to come and be prayed for at the end of the service – many people are healed physically or emotionally by God when they ask for a brief one-to-one prayer with someone after the service.
How long does the service last?
Each service lasts about an hour (including a talk of 20-30 minutes), and we serve free tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards.
What is Communion?
Once or twice a month each service will also include a “Holy Communion” ceremony. The bread and wine are symbols to remind us of God’s incredible love and care for us, shown in the life and death of his son Jesus. You are welcome to take part if you are a baptised Christian from any church. Otherwise feel free to watch, or to come forward for a blessing instead of the bread and wine.
How will I know when to stand, sit or kneel?
We usually stand to sing and sit at other times in the service, unless the leader says to do something different. You can kneel when you pray, but you don’t have to. If in doubt, follow everyone else – that’s what we do if we’re not sure!
Is it okay to come if I don’t believe a word of it?
Absolutely. Come along just to see what it’s like; you will not be bludgeoned into saying things you don’t mean or making any commitment you’re not ready for. If you want to discuss the faith in more depth, consider coming on a free Alpha Course; these run at intervals through the year.