June 11, 2016

I’m new!

Are you new to church?

We all know how intimidating walking into a church for the first time can be- especially if you haven’t been for a while (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 or a hat!

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 don’t pass around a collection plate. Instead we have a contributions box at the back of the church before and after services.

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. Of course, you can always sit at the back and copy what everyone else does!

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-just let us know when you come up to the front.

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.

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. Wherever 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”. Those who know each other well may exchange a hug or a kiss but you aren’t expected to do so! Shaking hands is fine. Although this might be a bit daunting to begin with, 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?

Rev Sarah can point you in the right direction but for now have a look at https://christianity.org.uk/