Church memberPerhaps you’re not sure how to go about ‘coming to church’ – don’t worry, it’s OK just to visit and see what happens. Here are some hints…

What’s the best service to come to?

If you’re coming with children it would be good to try the 10.30am morning service. It lasts for approx 60 minutes and during it we have Bible teaching activities for all ages. In the evening, Café Church is often smaller, more contemporary and informal. There is tea/coffee and refreshments served after all services.

What should I wear?

Whatever you’re comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.

Can I park?

You can park in the car park directly outside the church. If the car park is full there is plenty of on-street parking in Church Green and the surrounding area.

What time should I arrive?

We suggest you aim to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the service so you have time to park and find your way around.

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What would it be like if I came on my own?

We would hope that you would immediately be made to feel welcome at St Elizabeth’s. There are always people at the entrance to welcome newcomers, and would be more than happy to talk to you, answer your questions and perhaps introduce you to a friendly face. One suggestion would be to stay for tea/coffee afterwards; this would give you the best opportunity to meet some of the church family.

Oh – how do I make sure I’m not in someone’s seat?

There’s no such thing! If a seat is empty, with no ‘reserved’ sign on it – you can sit there. We’re always happy to see visitors.

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How do I get into the church?

The main entrance (into the welcome area) is at the right hand-side of the building, as you look at it from the car park. There is wheelchair access through this entrance. If you need to get help with this please let us know.

What books do I need, and where do I get them?

All the words you need for the service should be on the screen at the front of the church. You will also be provided with an Order of Service and Notice Sheet on the way in. There are Bibles in the backs of the pews so you can follow the readings. We also have large print Bibles – please ask.

When do the children go to the Sunday School?

The service leader will announce that it’s time for the children to go to their groups. “LITTLE SEEDS” is for Pre-schoolers, “EXPLORERS” for Primary aged children and “DIGGERS” for those who are in Year 8-10. Your children can either go on their own with all the others or you’re welcome to take them to the groups, and stay for a minute while they settle in. We’ve got a crèche available throughout the morning in one of the smaller rooms.

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How do I know when to stand or sit?

The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and for a couple of other bits. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure.

Do you have toilets?

Yes – beside the welcome area (baby-changing facilities are also available).

What happens after the service?

At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the church. There is tea/coffee and refreshments served in the welcome area. It would be great if you could join us for this as it helps to get to know other people.