Visiting for the first time?
Must I dress up? No - wear what you like. God is more concerned with your heart than with what you wear.
Do I have to join in the songs? No, of course not - but you might enjoy singing along.
What if I don't know the words? We often display words on a live screen. You will also be handed a hymn/song book.
Where can I sit? You can sit anywhere in the rows, we call them 'pews'.
Will I have to pray out loud? No. Do what you find comfortable.
Will I be able to follow the service? Yes. You will be given an order of service so you can follow what is going on and there will be plenty of people you can ask if you get lost! We are always looking at ways to improve this, so please feel free to make helpful suggestions.
Will I be asked to do something the moment I walk into the church? No.
What can I expect when I first walk into the church for a Sunday service? It is likely that you will be greeted by a welcomer at the door. He or she will give you a service and hymn book, and invite you to sit in the pews. If the welcomer is helping someone else, you don't have to wait for them to return. Please feel free to pick up a service and hymn book, which you'll find on a table near to the door you came in through and take a seat.
Do I have to give money? No. There is usually a collection when a bag is passed round - not everyone puts money in. There is no obligation. If you do wish to donate privately, we can sort this.
What does the word Eucharist mean? What is a Eucharistic Service? This is the section in a Eucharistic service (a service that has a Eucharist as part of its structure) when the Priest will use bread and wine to recall the events of the Last Supper as recorded in the Gospels (Luke, chapter 22).
This is Holy Communion. The Priest will pour wine into a chalice (usually silver cup), and place some bread, or wafers, on a small plate.
The Priest will pray over the wine and bread using prayers that recall the events of the Last Supper, but also that ask Jesus to be 'present' in the bread and wine subsequently (read the services page for a fuller explanation). Usually a Eucharistic service will follow a structure similar to this: Music, Welcome, Prayers, Bible Readings, Sermon (talk about the readings), Prayers, Music, Eucharist and finally, Music.
Do I have to take communion? No. You can stay seated where you are.
What about a blessing instead? You may wish to join the line of people who go up to the altar rail for a blessing, if you prefer. Just make sure you keep your head bowed and the priest will usually place his or her hand on your head and say a short prayer.
Are there toilets in the church? Yes.
Is the church heated? Yes. We have recently installed a new boiler.
Is there parking? Yes. We have a car park directly outside. There is also parking on Church Road. If you have any special access requirements please phone in advance.
Is there coffee after the service? Yes. And biscuits. Sometimes cake!
Are there toilets in the church? Yes. We also have a fully accessible toilet in the adjoining Church Hall.
Is the church heated? Yes
What about parking and disabled access? There is parking on Higher Drive and a limited amount of space for people with disabled badges immediately outside the church. Call in advance if you have any questions or special requirements
Is there coffee after the service? Most definitely. And biscuits. And tea. Sometimes cake.