People gather 5-10 minutes before the service, in a relaxed atmosphere, making this a welcoming church to enter. When the minister or other service leader enters the church, we settle and hear the notices; then there are a few moments’ silence to prepare for the service and pray for the work of the church, or something topical.
Services vary in format, but will include hymns (accompanied by organ and music group), readings and prayers. Hymns, bible readings (and sometimes liturgy) are projected on to a large screen; however hymnbooks and bibles are available for those who prefer. We remain seated to pray. There will usually be a short children’s address early in the service, and shortly after children and young people go out to their group sessions. Visiting children are very welcome to join them.
There will always be a collection to support the work of the church, and at communion services, a second collection to fund our support for charities. Please do not feel embarrassed if you arrive unprepared for a collection. All who seek to love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ are invited to join in Communion, but you can simply allow the plate to pass you by if you do not wish to share the bread and wine.
A typical service will last about one hour, and tea and coffee are served immediately afterwards in the foyer, and everyone is free to stay and chat for as long as they wish.