New visitor?

Are you planning on visiting us for the first time? If you are then sometimes it is nice to have an overview of what to expect, so here is a short guide.

The first thing to be expected is a warm welcome. You will be welcomed at the door and given the books you may need for the coming service: a copy of the Bible (New International Version) and Singing the Faith, our hymn book. If it is a Baptism of Holy Communion Service, you will also be given a copy of the Methodist Worship Book. Don’t worry if you’re not sure which book we’re in or what page we’re at, someone nearby will be happy to show you.

Most of our members arrive only a few minutes before the service begins, so if you arrive early you will have your pick of the seats – no one will mind if you sit in their usual spot! There’s usually a few people late too, so if you get held up, feel free to sneak in during the first hymn, you probably won’t be the only one. We enjoy singing a selection of hymns and songs during the service, accompanied by our excellent organist, John. Services usually last for around an hour, though our monthly communion service is sometimes a little longer.

In the Methodist tradition anyone is welcome to take Holy Communion regardless of their faith tradition or whether they have been baptised and confirmed. When you come forward hold your hands out in front of you when the elements are being brought round. If you do not wish to take communion simply leave your hands down and you will receive a blessing instead.

After the service you are welcome to join us for tea or coffee and a chat. Most week’s we have homemade cake too, so that is well worth staying for! This is a good chance to get to know people a better. If you can’t stay, do take the chance to fill in the visitors book at the back so that we can keep in contact with you afterwards.