We love to welcome visitors !
You can find us on foot from the Parade, the main shopping centre, by facing downhill and turning right along Regent Street until you come to the traffic lights at the main road, Dale Street. Our buildings are opposite.
If you come to a Sunday morning service at 10.30 there are car parks off Dale Street at each end of the church buildings. Walking past the hall steps, you reach a modern entrance, where someone welcomes you.
Tell them you are visiting or a new worshipper and who you are, and someone else will help you feel at home.
You are now in the Community Room, and the church room is just on the left. Toilets are at the far end, and stairs lead to a kitchen where refreshments are served after the service.
Absolutely not! We're very normal people and we're certainly not a club. Dale Street is inclusive, and our worship can be described as middle of the road. You won’t find anything that is uncomfortable.
Our services are at 10:30 am and last for about an hour. Our Communion is normally on the second Sunday and everyone’s welcome. If children are present, they are welcome at the rail for a blessing. We go to Communion down the side aisles and return via the centre.
services are led by different ministers and local preachers each week, and we
enjoy a variety of styles of worship. Our own minister, Tina Brooker, leads
the communion service.
All services are clearly posted on the wall
outside the church. We have a family service every month, and members of the
uniformed organisations sometimes join us for a Parade service. Otherwise,
children have their own session at 9:15 on most Sundays during term time.
We also have occasional café-style services.
Coffee is served before and after the 10:30 service.
We rarely use books, though you should ask for them if you don't find it comfortable to read from the screens. The words of hymns, songs and communal prayers are projected, and sometimes children's activities are shown live so that everyone can see them. Microphones are always used and there's an induction loop for those with hearing impairment. Just switch your hearing aid to the T position.
Though we don't currently have a choir, we sing convincingly, with enjoyment and energy, and we know a lot of tunes. The services normally have five hymns or songs. Someone accompanies each week, either on the organ or the piano. At Christmas we assemble a group of singers to play a part in our carol service.
The photo above shows the interior of the church during a Christingle session.
After most things we do there is at least tea, coffee and soft drinks, and very often a good deal more. Sunday services are followed by tea and coffee, and it’s usually some time before everyone leaves. If you need advice or help, someone will suggest who to contact. We are a friendly organisation and would be delighted to welcome you either passing through our beautiful town or permanently.
We’re a very busy church and hire out the premises for lots of events. You may visit us for a concert, a singing day, a dramatic production, the Friday market, a special service such as Christingle or the carol service. Our children and families officer arranges events for anyone to attend such as the lantern making afternoon or the Valentine’s meal. Our Action for Children group has a programme of events that are open to all – for example the Jigsaw day, which is held each year. Please look at the group's page for information about these events.
Whatever the reasons for your visit – and these include christenings, weddings and services of commemoration – you will always be welcome here.