First of all, you can expect a warm welcome!
Do I need to know anything?
No! Nobody in any of our churches has it all figured out. We’re all on journeys of faith together and there are people who have been on that journey for many years and some that this is all new for. We’re here to support and encourage each other.
What happens in the service?
Generally, there will be three or four hymns/songs. We’re encouraged to sing praises to God in the bible, so that’s what we do. There will be a couple of readings from the bible, a short sermon which aims to help unpack the reading and there will be some time for prayer. If it’s a communion service there is a moment where some go up to the altar to receive bread and wine. This is just to help us feel connected with God and remember Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Do I need to get involved?
In short No… no-one will criticise you for not joining in. You do what ever makes you feel most comfortable. You may feel that you want to join in e.g. sing along and that’s great. Sometimes it takes that small step to feel the connection with God and His church that you may be looking for.
Does it cost anything?
No. There is a collection that is taken, normally during the last hymn/song, but you are welcome to let it go past. If you would like to contribute to the upkeep and running of the church, any donation is of course hugely appreciated, but there’s no expectation especially if you’re new.
Do I need to get dressed up?
You can if you want. For some it’s important to look their best, for others it’s important to come as they are. There is no dress code. We just ask that all visitors remember that these are places of worship and that we respect each others preferences.
Will anyone talk to me?
You should be welcomed with a smile and possibly an order of service and hymn book. If you’re new the person at the door will probably ask if you’d like to be introduced to anyone who can keep you company. If you’d prefer to be alone… that’s ok too! At the end of the service there will always be tea, coffee and biscuits… and sometimes even cake (they are the best Sundays!). The vicar is always keen to say Hi, so if you are able do stop for a cuppa and chat.
What about my kids?
Your kids are ALWAYS welcome in any of the churches!!!! We always look to engage with them through the service or by offering childrens groups (Kingswood) or resources for them. Equally they are very welcome to bring a toy if you think that would be helpful for them. Also, please don’t worry if your children make noise… I was a noisy child too!