Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. We recommend that you start here to find out more about everything that we do.
Check out the ‘Start Here’ drop down in the menu to find quick links to what’s on, Sunday Gatherings, work with kids and in the community, and much more, including baptisms, weddings and funerals.
This page also aims to give you all the information you might want before your first visit; the stuff that you might be embarrassed to ask! If you were particularly looking for information on baptisms, weddings or funerals, or if you were trying to find out about getting a memorial put in the churchyard, check out our Life Events page here.
We’ll try and add more things here as we think of them – please let us know if there’s anything that you would have found helpful, and we’ll probably add it!
Where is the service?
What time should I arrive?
What can I expect?
First off, we really hope and pray that whatever service you come to, you will find a warm welcome, a family atmosphere, and a worshipful people and experience. However, for the details of what to expect, please make sure to check the calendar for the service you are coming to.
In our more ‘formal’ type services (Holy Communions, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer) you can expect to find quiet and calm service, using words and songs from books of a generally older style. If you come to these services, you’ll probably find you start to recognise the liturgy (the words) as we use a small selection regularly. These services are normally held with everyone sitting in pews, standing for relevant hymns and words (please see below for those less-abled).
In our ‘less formal’ type services (Family Worship and Quiet Communion) you can expect a more flexible structure, with a range of words, songs and items included, using old and new material. These services sometimes run a bit longer and sometimes give more opportunities (all non-compulsory) for people to interact, get involved or respond. Our Family Worship services start with coffee from 10am, and have a family-friendly beginning, suitable for all ages, normally including more lively worship. These services also include our kids work: please see below and the page about all of our Children’s Activities. These services are generally held using the pews and chairs, but are very ready for wrigglers!
In our most informal type service – Cafe Church – you can expect a really relaxed atmosphere and a very friendly welcome. We sit around tables with coffee and bacon sandwiches (or veggie sausage sandwiches) and there are great opportunities to chat but no pressure for those who’d prefer to listen. There’s kids work at this service as well, so hopefully the whole family is catered for!
What should I wear?
Will I be singled out?
What if I am ‘less-abled’ or disabled?
- If you don’t find it easy to stand (particularly for longer periods) then we’d encourage you to come and sit near the front, and please feel free to stay seated!
- If you would like to participate in Holy Communion but cannot get to the rail, those giving Communion will come to you. Please just let one of the Welcomers or Sidespeople know on your way into Church.
- We have space and facilities in both buildings for those in wheelchairs and would advise that you come and sit near the front so as to be able to see.
- Our buildings are fitted with hearing-induction loops. Check the signs in Church for the correct hearing-aid setting.
- If you have sight problems, we can help you best if you can please let us know in advance. We normally print a few copies of the news-sheet in large-print, and we have a large-print copy of the Holy Communion book, but our family-style service normally just use the screen. If we know that you’re coming along, we can make sure that there are suitable news-sheets, Communion Orders and/or service orders ready for you.
- If you have learning disabilities it would be really helpful if you could let us know your needs in advance. We’d love to be more accessible to those with learning disabilities and any guidance that you can give us would be really helpful.
As with all old churches, our buildings were not best designed for those less-abled or disabled. In our improvements to the buildings and our systems, we are always considering how best to serve our less-abled and disabled congregation members and visitors, but please do let us know your thoughts on how you might be most comfortable, and how you might see, hear and participate best in our services.