We know that coming to a church for the first time can throw up all sorts of questions. Even seasoned church-goers don't know how every church works.
Below are some common questions. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to drop us a line, all our contact details can be found here.
When are the services?
Times of the services can be found on the webpage for the churches. Click the Churches tab and then chose which church you want.
Can I just turn up?
Of course! Anyone is welcome
Can I bring the kids?
Yes! Children of all ages are always welcome, and it doesn't matter if your child wanders around, we want them to feel at home.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. Some people feel happier dressing smartly for church, others prefer to come along in jeans and trainers. Above all we want you to be comfortable.
How long will the service be?
It depends a little on which service you are at, but usually each service lasts about an hour, sometimes shorter, sometimes a little longer.
Can I leave if I want to?
Obviously we hope you will want to stay – but of course you may get up and leave at any point if you wish.
Do I need to bring anything?
No. However we do take a collection during the service which goes towards the church’s running costs. Please don’t feel any pressure to give if you don’t want to.
I don't know if I'm a Christian - does that matter?
No – all are welcome, whatever stage you are at in your thoughts about Christianity
Where do I sit?
Pretty much anywhere you like. No one has reserved seats, although regulars often tend to sit in similar places - if in doubt ask the person who welcomes you at the door.
Will anyone speak to me?
Hopefully yes! We do try and give a friendly hello to anyone new – but it helps us if you let us know it’s your first time.
How do I know when to stand up and sit down?
We tend to stand up when we sing hymns, but the person leading the service will tell you when to stand, and if not, just follow the people around you.
How do I know when we are supposed to say something aloud?
The person leading the service should tell you. If it is on a printed sheet or screen, the congregation usually say the bits in bold.
What if I don't know the hymns?
Don’t worry – we have a wide range of hymns and no one can know them all.
Does it matter if my child makes a noise?
Not at all – we know children make noises all the time and we love to have them in church. Or if you feel you need to stand up with your child or take them outside to calm them, again that’s fine.