We’ve no books or service sheets to find your way through (though we’ll hand a Bible at the door so you can follow the sermon later on), but instead all the words for the service and songs are on the video projection screens at the front.
You can choose to sit anywhere you like (including the back row if you’d rather keep the exit in sight!) and take as much or as little part in the service as you feel comfortable with.
All ages are together for the first part of the service – usually around fifteen minutes (a little more if it’s a baptism or all-age communion) – with some songs, prayer and an introduction from the service leader.
Groups for children…
The children then head out for their groups, but if you’re a parent, we encourage you to go out with your child and make sure they’re settled and happy before you head back into the service. In fact if you/they’d prefer (and especially for the little ones) you can stay with them the whole time… though you might get roped in to help with a craft activity!
We also have a creche – not because babies aren’t allowed in church (plenty stay in, especially if they’re asleep or feeding), but because it gives them plenty of space to crawl and (the older ones) to play and it means you don’t spend the time worrying about trying to keep them quieter in the sermon. If you’re baby’s happy to be left, we have a rota of parents – regular members of the church – who take turns to look after children.
You can read more about our Sunday children’s groups here.
Most people stick around after the service – though there’s no pressure to do so if you have to rush away – and we serve refreshments whilst the children enjoy the garden (if it’s decent weather) and adults get to chat or even to take the opportunity for a quiet chat and a pray.
If you’d like to know more before you come – or to make a comment on a service you’ve been too – use the comment form below or the contact page.