Services 

Our Sunday morning services start at 10.30am and we welcome all ages.  Children & young people are included, either within the main service, or with separate age-appropriate activities.
 

On arrival you'll be greeted by our Welcome Team - do let them know if it is your first visit.  They can help you find somewhere to sit, let you know about activities for children, point out the loos and help you find a cup of coffee.   After the service, we hope you'll stay for refreshments - do make yourself known to whoever has led the service (usually our pastor Rich Iles).

Here are some things you probably want to know, especially if you are not a regular church-goer:

Structure
The services are reasonably informal but generally follow a familiar structure. We don’t use an equivalent to the Church of England service book. There are no fixed texts, with the occasional exception of the Lord’s Prayer, and we usually close the service by saying The Grace to each other - the words are usually projected on a screen.

Communion
Communion is usually towards the beginning of the service on the Fourth Sunday of the month (with the children taking part on alternate months). We do not place any restrictions on those taking part. You do not need to be christened, confirmed or baptised; you just need to have a relationship with Jesus. Only you know if that is the case: We go to one of four stations around the church to receive the bread and the wine. We encourage everyone to join in. If you are unsure or would prefer to receive a blessing then just ask those serving. No-one will think anything of it.

Collection/Offering

We don't take a collection, or offering, but encourage regular attenders to be active in the financial matters of the church. We are not centrally funded: the finances are the responsibility of church members. Many members arrange their giving via standing orders We bring the Offering bag to the front of the church as an act of worship

Music
If you’ve only attended “traditional” church services, you may be surprised to see a variety of musicians at our services, from a simple piano to a full band. The songs we use vary from the traditional hymns to more modern worship songs.

We have a video projector and large screen, onto which the song words are projected, so you should have no difficulty keeping up. Our congregation has a wide range of musical ability—so if you can’t sing or don’t know the tune, you won’t be the only one!

Sermons
Our sermons often make full use of the church’s media equipment, with illustrations and photographs as appropriate. We tend to run a series of sermons across several weeks: if you happen to come in the middle, and want to catch up on what you missed, our sermons are available on DVD.

All of our teaching is rooted in the Bible. We primarily use the NIV (New International Version), but dip into other versions on occasion. Copies of the NIV are available in the church to borrow for the service, so don’t worry if you don’t have one. Some people prefer to listen rather than read, anyway.

Children
We like to welcome children in our church; for more details of our facilities for children & young people, telephone the church office on 01702 542000.  We have an area at the back of the church with toys & books.  Please make use of this facility if that suits you when settling your young child.  Also feel free to borrow a toy or book and sit in any area of the church with your children. 

Disabled facilities
The church is set up to allow for wheelchair access, and disabled toilet facilities are available. A loop system is fitted for those with hearing-aids. If you have any other questions, just ask.


The Lord’s Prayer

When we use the Lord’s Prayer in services, this is the version we use. This is about the only use of old-fashioned English in the church, primarily because of familiarity—it’s the version most people know:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

 

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