June 11, 2016

I’m new!

Are you new to church?

It can be intimidating walking into a church for the first time. Or maybe it’s just been a long time (like 30 years ago when your mum dragged you to Sunday School). A lot has changed since then – the songs are singable, the sermon understandable, and you don’t need to come in a suit. (By the way, we’d love to see you this Sunday.)

Does it matter where I sit?   I don’t want to sit in someone else’s seat

There aren’t any reserved seats, we’re always happy for people to visit our church, whether that be to join in with a service or just to listen.

Will there be a collection? 

We do not pass around a collection plate. Instead, we leave the plate at the back of the church before and after services. We hope that our visitors value the experiences they have here and we welcome donations towards the work we do here.

Will I know when to stand up and sit down?

All our services are guided by the service leader and the projector screen  explains what is going on. Typically, responses are printed in Bold type and the service leader will indicate when to stand or sit.

What happens at communion?

If you would like to take communion (also known as the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper), you will be directed up to the communion step (in front of the altar) by people sat near you. All Christians are welcome to receive communion at our church. If you would prefer a simple blessing, just come to the front with your hands by your side to indicate that you do not wish to receive communion. We have non alcoholic juice and gluten free wafers available upon request.

I have kids – are they allowed?

We welcome young families to our services. There is a selection of toys and books in the area to the back of the church. Once your children are a little older they can join in with our youth group.

I’m not sure if I believe in God – can I still come?

We are all at different stages in our personal journey to God. Those who are seeking him or want to find out more are always welcome. We run introduction courses directed at those who have fundamental questions about God and adult baptism classes for those who are ready to commit more. Where ever you are in your journey you will always be welcome here.

Will I have to shake hands with people during the service?

In our services there is a time during the service when members of the congregation greet each other with the words “peace be with you”. This can be a bit daunting but everyone you meet will be delighted to see you and the greeting will be genuine. Just go with it – as you get to know us this will be a strongly affirmative experience.

Where can I find out more about following Jesus?

We are going to write more about this but for now have a look at www.rejesus.co.uk.