Like most churches, we have a regular programme of meetings which are not quite set in stone, but, well ... regular! On a “normal” Sunday, the pattern is as follows - but we suggest you check our calendar pages above for specifics of any particular day, including sermon topics. See lower down the page about our Guest Services and Cafe Church format meetings.
10.00 - ~11.15: service including Communion. Crèche provided as required. We’re delighted for families to attend as families - don’t think that a bit of noise or disruption, just because kids will be kids, will be frowned upon. We don’t normally have lots of kids regularly attending, so we don’t routinely do “children’s talks”, but it’s fine to bring something suitable so that your kids will remain amused through the service. We usually try to hold Guest Services once a month (see below).
~11.15 - ~11.45: tea / coffee / biscuits
~11.45 - ~12.15: “All-age Bible School”: classes for all ages, including a big group for adults, even though, being not a particularly large church, there aren’t many kids in each age group.
During the school summer holidays, we typically have a single family service, starting at 10.00 a.m., and incorporating Communion, but followed only by refreshments - our teachers need their holidays too!
6:30 - ~7.45: We recognise that, with children present in the morning service, and incorporating Communion as part of that service, this is a useful opportunity to meet together to pray and study in a less hurried, more relaxed format (food and drink included). So expect led discussions in these meetings, or talks from the Net, following initial times of open prayer. It is, as we titled a previous series, an opportunity for “All Questions Great and Small”. We only insist that our search for an answer has to be informed with Biblical rigour.
We hope to pitch our “Guest Services” such that people with little experience of church will feel welcome, and not too overwhelmed. So, typically, we would start with an explanation of what was about to happen, indicating that if people would prefer to just “observe” rather than participating in the singing (even having made sure that our hymns or songs are set to better-known tunes) or praying, that’s fine. We would also make sure that our Bible reading (most likely from the English Standard Version of the Bible) and, sometimes, the words of the hymns, are all projected onto a screen - to save visitors having to fumble through hymn books or Bibles. The talk, too, will typically be made much more clearly evangelistic, and will usually be accompanied by Powerpoint graphics.
Before adjourning for coffee, there is usually an opportunity for people to ask questions. The aim would be particularly to answer questions which arise as a result of the talk, but, although we don’t actually have many questions from the floor on every occasion, these times have sometimes produced some very wide-ranging discussions (that’s good for keeping a pastor on his toes!).
Guest services are often held on the second Sunday of the month, at 10.00 a.m. If there is some reason to use a different Sunday in any particular month, though, we will. So check up on our calendar pages above for advance details, as far as we have them planned at present.