For most of us, Sunday is a bit special – time off from the week’s routines to pursue leisure activities, hit the shops, chill out with friends and family, and enjoy a nice meal.
As Christians, coming together for worship is still at the heart of what Sunday is about.
This page will give you a flavour of what we do.
Sunday Mornings 10.30 am
Informal, friendly and welcoming.
Crèche and groups for children and teenagers
This is our main weekly service, the time when we get together as a community. It usually lasts about an hour and a quarter. We are always delighted to welcome visitors.
If you are not used to “going to church” and think you might not feel comfortable, you can be confident that you can just slip in. You’ll get a welcoming handshake as you enter, then you can just blend into the crowd.
Our main purpose in coming together is to worship God. We celebrate the good news of Jesus and listen to what he has to say to us. Every service has the following elements:
Music We sing a mixture of traditional hymns and newer songs led as appropriate on our church organ and by our music group.
Prayer We come to offer God our praise and thanksgiving, to ask for his forgiveness and healing for things we have got wrong, and to bring our desires and concerns; these usually cover world and national issues, things going on in our local community, friends who are going through a hard time and our own personal needs.
God’s word We come to learn and to be challenged. We listen to readings from the Bible, and there is normally a talk about how we can apply the teaching of the Bible to our lives today.
On the third Sunday of each month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (sometimes known as Communion or Eucharist). In a very simple way, we are reminded of the Easter events that lie at the heart of our Christian faith - the way Jesus brought his disciples together, ate a meal with them and promised them his continuing presence even after his death on the cross for them. We listen to the story, give thanks and then eat bread and drink wine together. Everyone who seeks to follow Jesus is welcome to share this with us, recognising that this is a sacred moment and is a way for us to declare our desire to live as his disciples.
We are a lively community with lots going on. Inevitably this is reflected in our Sunday morning worship, and we frequently incorporate into our basic pattern one-off elements - pieces of news people want to share, participation by children and young people, musical items and so on.
And of course, we always have special services to mark the great Christian festivals - Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest.
Children and Teenagers – Sunday Club
Our congregation includes a number of families and we love to have younger people with us in our worship. Everyone shares in the first part of the service and then we go our separate ways. There is almost always a crèche for the youngest visitors and a number of age-related groups for those of school age with a central focus on learning about the Christian faith.
On one Sunday each month, we have an all-age service which has a particular focus on the younger members of the congregation. We all stay together throughout the service, worshipping and learning about God as a church family. We extend a particular invitation to those who are involved in our church’s uniformed organisations to join us on these occasions.
You don’t need to shoot off after the service…
We always offer refreshments – an informal time for a chat and for us to get to know each other better.
There are always a couple of people available to share in prayer with anyone who wishes it. People often ask for prayer when they or people they know are ill or in some other form of distress.
Sunday Evenings 6.30pm
We have have an evening service on the first Sunday of each month. This always includes a celebration of the Lord's Supper