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.
Services last about an hour and follow a monthly pattern. Our Communion is on the second Sunday and everyone’s welcome. Children return from their own activities for a blessing at the rail. We go to Communion down the side aisles and return via the central aisle.
Some services are more formal than others, but the atmosphere's relaxed and dress is definitely informal. Jackets and ties may be worn but mostly aren't. A series of themed services occasionally follows a pattern, but we do have a variety of preachers and styles of worship. We're lucky to have our own minister, Jeongsook Kim, to lead the service every fortnight. There are also some evening services with smaller congregations. All services are clearly posted on the wall outside the church. All-age worship is on the third Sunday, and the uniformed organisations sometimes join us for a Parade service. This is the least formal of our services! Children normally stay for the start of the service when a short activity is planned for them, and then leave for their own session.
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, planned for early 2019. Please look at the coming soon page for these events.
Whatever the reasons for your visit – and these include christenings, weddings and services of commemoration – you will always be welcome here.