Visiting a church for the first time can be daunting - there are lots of questions, and you are probably wondering what to expect when you arrive. The one thing we try very hard to do is give everyone a warm welcome, and try to make your visit worthwhile.
If you are thinking of joining us for the first time here's some practical tips and explanations to help you get the most out of your time with us.
We're at 49 Station Road, Carlton, NG4 3AR.
There's a carpark at the rear off Wallace Avenue if you need to park, with a rear entrance down some steps to the church. There is a wheelchair or pushchair accessible entrance door next to the main front entrance on Station Rd.
We have two services on a Sunday, one at 10:30am, one at 6.30pm. The Morning Service is just over an hour long and we share Communion every week. Our evening service lasts for about an hour after which we spend some time together having a chat as we occasionally share food, have a quiz or play pool. The content of each service is different.
What happens during the service?
We will sing a number of songs, some people like to raise their hands during this time- it’s just their way of worshipping God. We usually stand up to sing, but you can remain seated if you wish.
We normally have a time of open-prayer
This gives people in the church the chance to pray out-loud. Don’t worry, you will not be asked to or expected to do this unless you wish to. Most people usually remain seated when we pray but standing up is great too. We don’t usually kneel, but you may do so if you wish.
We share in the Lord's Supper (Communion)
According to the Bible, we partake of Communion in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus that was broken and poured at the cross. It does not only remind us of his suffering but also shows us the amount of love Jesus had for us.
However to be able to share in the Lord's supper one must be born again. In other words must have gone through a self-examination, repentance, and confession. It's perfectly fine to let the emblems pass by if you don't feel comfortable to share yet.
Someone will then get up to preach / deliver the message. Normally they will read from the Bible, and then spend time explaining the passage and how it applies to people’s lives.
Once the service finishes, tea and coffee are served in the diner next door (free of charge). We welcome you to stay and meet some of the people in the community!
What about my children?
We have a creche available for young babies and toddlers, across the hallway from the church hall. The service is shown on a screen and there are toys for the little ones to enjoy.
The older children would normally stay in the service for the worship part and then go out for Sunday School during the sermon.
Our Youth (school years 7-11) generally go out during the sermon for their own programme.
What do I wear?
There isn't a dress code, a lot of people prefer to wear casual clothes while others opt for something smart. You can wear whatever you find comfortable.
Where do I sit?
There are no reserved seats; sit where you are most comfortable. You will have more available options 5-10 minutes before the beginning of the service. We do have ushers who will be happy to assist you find a seat if needed.
What do you believe?
The fundamental basics of our beliefs are set out in our Statement of Faith. If you have questions, please do not be afraid to ask.
I've got more questions!
That's great! We're always happy to answer any questions you may have. Just come and ask, or drop us an email, or fill out the form below