What will happen?
The congregation will be led from the front. There are usually some notices, prayers, singing worship songs and a talk from the leader to explain some of the bible and how it can bring hope to our daily lives. After the worship, the children (from babies to teenagers) go to their own groups to hear a similar message in an age appropriate format. Services usually last an hour and a half, with refreshments and an opportunity to chat to people afterwards.
Is anything expected of me?
You can join in with the singing of worship songs (words will be on the screen), or you can just enjoy listening to the songs. People usually stand when singing, but some people remain seated. After the service there is usually an opportunity to talk with someone about how the service has affected you and to receive prayer if you would like it.
Do I have to give money?
Certainly not! Church services and the children’s work are free to attend. Our church building, staff and activities are all funded by donations from our members, so we have a traditional collection at every service where gift bags are passed around, usually during a song. You are very welcome to make a contribution when you visit, but please feel no pressure or expectation that you do so. Most of our giving is received via bank payment these days, meaning even long-standing church members pass on the collection bag too.
What should I wear?
Whatever is comfortable. Most people wear casual clothing. A few people wear ‘Sunday best’. There is no dress code. Our main meeting room is usually quite full, so gets quite warm.
What if I have questions?
Just call the office on 01372 811 313 and we’ll try to answer them.
Can I leave if I want to?
Of course. People sometimes need to come or go during the service. If you do want to leave, please cause minimal disruption to others, but feel free to catch the attention of the stewards sat at the back of the church. The stewards wear name badges and will have welcomed you at the door. They will be happy to talk to you in the foyer about anything on your mind that has made you want to leave, to answer questions or to pray for you if you would like.
Can only Christians come in?
No. The core message of Christianity is that God’s love is for everyone.
Are you happy clappy?
Sort of! We hope people find us to be a happy and friendly community. We have great musicians who lead worship at our services and sometimes there’s such a sense of God’s joy in the room that some people may well clap along! To find out more about the distinct ‘character’ of our different services and decide which congregation suits you best; click on the ‘about us’ tab.
Is it sociable?
Church life is very sociable; it’s like being part of a family, there are organised social activities for all ages and regular welcome dinners for newcomers, just ask the church office.
Will someone preach me or tell me what to believe?
At our services someone does usually ‘preach’, giving a talk at the front. Think of this as being like a presentation. Sometimes there are stories, video clips, powerpoint slides, testimonies about what God is doing in people’s lives, sharing an insight to the bible, even jokes.. but it’s never accusatory or done in a way that intimidates anyone. The message of Christianity is one of good news and hope, not fear and condemnation. Jesus offers an invitation for people to believe in him, he doesn’t order us to believe anything: we want to do the same.
Will there be people my age?
Our church members range from babies to great grandparents, with all ages of life well represented. We have several congregations which tend to reflect different age groups, see more about the congregations to decide which service suits you best.
Is there food?
Our services usually feature time for tea and coffee, but just occasionally we have big ‘get togethers’ such as our summer picnic.
What is the atmosphere like?
A newcomer recently told us they found it ‘joyful’. We’re just ordinary people, coming together to worship an extraordinary God!
How will I know what to say?
When we sing worship songs, the words are projected on to our screen so anyone who wants to can join in. We do not use set sayings known as ‘liturgy’.