Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that it gives you a flavour of who we are and what we believe. The best way to find out more about us is to visit us on a Sunday, either for our morning or evening service, which are always followed by an informal get together with tea/coffee and biscuits.
We are a welcoming church and we always love to have visitors at our services. Our morning worship service starts at 10:30 am and our evening service at 6:30 pm. There will be a steward at the door waiting to welcome you and make you feel at home. We normally have about 50-60 people attending our morning service and 30-40 our evening service. Feel free to sit wherever you like. Bibles and hymn books are available on the shelf at the back of the chair in front of you.
During the morning service a crèche is available which is run by experienced volunteers. You can leave your baby/toddler for all or part of the service, whichever you prefer. Suitable toys are available. All people who work with children and young people have all the appropriate police checks and certificates. We take child protection very seriously and we have rigorous procedures in place to safeguard all our children, young people and anyone considered vulnerable in our care. Our Safeguarding Policy is available for inspection if required.
What happens in worship?
Our morning service is structured but fairly informal. The service will normally be led by the Pastor. The Worship Group will lead the singing of several traditional and contemporary songs. You will not be asked to say anything but hopefully you will enjoy joining in with the singing. The words of the songs will be displayed on the multimedia screen. We stand to sing some songs, but sit for others.
After a few songs a collection is taken. This is the way that church members contribute to the life and work of the church. It is by the financial support of our congregation that we pay our bills, staff salaries and are able to contribute to a number of charities and the work that we do. Our offering is not something that visitors should in any way feel obliged to contribute to. Don’t feel embarrassed to just let the plate pass by. The collection is taken to the front of the church and blessed.
After about 20 minutes, the children and young people leave the main church and go to young church classes. This is then followed by a time of prayer, which is led by the Pastor. The prayer time ends when everyone says the Lord’s Prayer together. Following the prayer time the Pastor will give a talk about a topic related to the Bible reading. This is a central part of Baptist worship where we learn and are taught about something from the Bible and how to relate it to our lives. The talk usually will last for about 25-30 minutes. The service ends with another hymn/song.
Occasionally we have a family service when all ages stay together for a shorter more informal service.
Our evening service is very similar but the worship group do not take part and there are no classes for children and young people.
Communion is taken twice a month, on the evening of the first Sunday of the month, and on the morning of the third Sunday of the month. Communion or the ‘Lord’s Supper’ is an act of worship that involves eating bread and drinking wine. The term ‘Lord’s Supper’ refers to the fact that Jesus instituted it on the final evening of his life.
The Bible explains what happened during the meal:
‘Jesus took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.” After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Christians believe that this ‘new agreement’ was a new relationship between God and us. They believe that when Jesus was crucified He took away all the wrong things people had done and defeated the power of evil, so they could know God as their friend and loving Father. Although communion is a time to remember that Jesus died, it is also a time to be happy and thankful that he did.
The Communion service is also known as Mass, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, and Breaking of Bread in different churches. Churches do this in different ways. The church deacons serve the bread to each person where they sit and they eat it straight away. It reminds us that we each come to God as an individual. The wine (which is non-alcoholic) is brought in individual little glasses to each person and we all drink this at the same time. This reminds us that the Church is one family. Anyone who loves Jesus and God is welcome to receive the bread and wine. You don’t have to come from any particular church or be baptised. If this is not right for you at present just let them pass by. You will see others doing this.
Facilities for the Disabled
We aim to make our church inclusive and to cater for the needs of those who have disabilities. Although the church does not have a car park, there is parking space in the surrounding streets. Before the service cones are placed outside the church, so that people can be dropped off outside the main door.
The main sanctuary of the church and the Christian centre, alongside the church, are both fully accessible for wheelchairs and other individuals with mobility difficulties. A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor. A hearing loop is available in the church sanctuary and the Christian centre.