What to expect On Sundays

Arriving
People tend to arrive at the church shortly before 11am for our main Sunday service. As you arrive you will be welcomed by one of the church members, who will provide you with a hymnbook and an order of service. He/she will also be able to answer any questions you might have. You are welcome to sit anywhere you wish you. At times, some seats may be reserved (for example if we are having a parade service involving the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), but these will always be clearly labelled. Unless we are having a parade service, children are encouraged to sit with their parents.
 
The Service
As you sit down, you will notice that there are extra copies of hymn books and Bibles located in the backs of the chairs. At the beginning of the service, the person leading the service will welcome everyone and then he/she will usually pray or introduce the first hymn/song. The rest of the service varies from Sunday to Sunday, but will usually include prayers, more hymns/songs and a passage from the Bible being read aloud by someone, notices (giving people information about upcoming events etc), and a sermon which usually lasts 15-20 minutes. The service usually lasts about an hour.
 
Twice a month the service includes communion, which is the time when Christians particularly remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The communion service is based on Jesus' last supper with his disciples, recorded in the Bible, and involves sharing bread and wine together. Everyone remains seated and the Elders will serve bread and wine to you wherever you are seated. (Please note that the wine is non-alcoholic and that children are very welcome to participate as well). You don’t need to be a member of our church to join in with the communion service, but if you are just starting to explore the Christian faith you might want to let the bread and wine pass when they are served by the elders.
 
At the end
People generally stay around for a while after the service. Tea and coffee is served and you are welcome to stay for as long as you would like to. If it is your first visit to the church, we would very much like you to complete one of our visitor’s cards. We hope you will have enjoyed the service, but are always keen to hear your feedback and completing a visitor's card is a great way of doing that.