What time should I arrive?
If you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the service it will give you an opportunity to look around, find out where things are and find a good seat. On Most Sundays we use the door at the side of the building, rather than the one which faces onto Golden Square.
What should I wear?
Currently face masks are mandatory, unless you have an exemption from wearing them. There is no dress code...we are a relaxed and welcoming church. Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
Where can I get information?
A member of our leadership team, or another church member will be at the door to welcome you and to answer any questions you may have.
Where are the toilets?
The main toilet is just inside the main entrance, on the left.
Do I need to bring a Bible?
Currently we're not lending out Bibles due to Covid-19, so please feel free to bring your own. Lots of Bibles are available for people to use...you should find a copy in the back of a seat near you. Generally we use the New International Version.
Do I have to give money?
We usually take up an offering during the service as part of our worship of God. The money supports Christian work in this church and around the world. We encourage members of the church to give regularly but please don’t feel obligated to contribute while you are just visiting us!
How do you celebrate Communion and can I join in?
We celebrate Communion twice a month in the morning, on the first and third Sundays. The bread (gluten-free) is passed around on plates – usually people take a piece and eat it as they are served. Non-alcoholic wine is served in individual small cups – we like to wait until everyone has been served and then drink it together as a sign of our oneness in Christ. Anyone who knows Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord is welcome to take communion with us, regardless of your church background. If you’re not sure what this means, or you feel uncomfortable about taking bread and wine, please feel free to let the plates pass you by.
What provision is there for people with sight/hearing difficulties?
A hearing loop is provided for those who need it. Words for the songs and hymns are projected on to the screen at the front. If you have difficulty seeing these, song books are provided in the back of seats...if you need a large print copy please ask the person on welcome duty. We also use the screens to project information such as details of events and video and pictures that help enrich our worship. If you are worried that you have missed something, please ask the pastor or service leader after the service.
What about children and young people?
At present we don't have any special meetings for children and young people but we do have an area at the back of the church set up for simple craft if required. If we know in advance that a number of children are likely to be coming, a member of the church with the necessary experience and safeguard checks may organise a special activity group. For those with very young children we do have a comfortable creche room. There is a sound relay to the room so you can still be part of what's going on downstairs.