The service is a mix of worship songs, hymns, prayers and short talks. All the words of the songs are shown on a big screen at the front of the church. The songs may be familiar hymns or tunes that are easy to follow, so you will probably find you can sing along after hearing the tune a couple of times. Some of the prayers are said by the minister alone and sometimes the congregation join in by following words on the screen. Most Sundays there is an ‘open’ prayer time, where members of the congregation say a prayer of their own. Not everyone prays, so it is fine to listen and let those who are used to this contribute. Normally there is a short talk early in the service - designated the ‘young people’s talk’. This often involves some fun activity and may include a short video or youtube clip. There is a longer talk based on a Bible passage later in the service, once the small children have left for crèche.
A collection is taken during the service. This is our primary source of income for the church’s ministry and for donations to Christian charities that the church supports. For church members this is as much a part of our worship as singing and praying. We are keen to make it very clear that we do not want visitors to feel obliged to contribute and you can just let the collection bag pass by.
Communion is a special part of our services on the third Sunday in the month. This involves receiving a piece of bread and a very small glass of non-alcoholic wine, which are brought by servers to each person in the congregation, to eat and drink when the minister indicates. If you are unsure as to what this is all about, then please allow the servers to move on without taking the bread and wine. This is perfectly fine and you may see others doing the same. For visitors with children we are happy for parents to decide if they wish the children to take Communion. Normally, however, we prefer children to be baptized (or confirmed) before letting them take the bread and wine.