What to Expect

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If you are a present or past worshipper, you will probably know what you are looking for in a church, so why not come and see if we can provide it? At the very least we hope you will find that you feel welcomed, at home, and in God’s presence.

If you are new to faith, or wondering about it, you are likely to have more questions than we can answer here – you’re very welcome to get in touch with us and we will try to try to help you with whatever you want to know.

Everyone has questions before they try something new. We’ve tried to answer some of the common things that people want to know, but if we’ve missed anything, just get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer.

What is a service like?

In our Sunday morning service you will find something for everyone, both new visitors, regular members, We are quite relaxed with a mixture of formality and informal liturgy. The evening service is smaller and more reflective and usually includes communion.

Our Minister leads worship every other week, (mostly).We have a variety of leaders from within our membership as well  as visiting speakers.

There’s no pressure to take part. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshipping is like. If anything seems unfamiliar, feel free to ask one of our welcome team, or someone sitting nearby.

How long are your services?

Our Sunday services usually last around an hour and you are invited to stay for coffee and a chat afterwards.

What is the music like?

We have a church organ which we use for part of most services but we also use a piano and digital music and guitar. We use a selection of modern and traditional songs. We usually use the United Reformed Church hymn book Rejoice and Sing. However we also use a Mission Praise book as well trying to learn new songs when the mood takes us.

Will I know what to do?

Most people find their first visit to church more informal than they expected. We’re a friendly group of people, and our services are set up so you can relax and get to know us as a church. All the words you’ll need are in the hymn book any additional responses will be on the service sheet, or an additional sheet .We’re quite happy for you not to join in if you don’t feel it’s appropriate.

What about Communion?

Sharing bread and wine is an important part of our church community. It reminds us of Jesus’s invitation and this means for us.  We currently have Communion once a month on the second Sunday and at our Evening service on the first Sunday of the month. The bread and wine are served to you in your seat.  We eat drink together as a community.

Everyone is invited to the Lord’s table – no-one is excluded – but you can ask for a prayer or blessing instead if you prefer – please just ask when you arrive in the church.

What should I wear?

Please dress as you feel comfortable. Our congregation attends dressed in anything from casual to dressed-up. Take your pick!

What happens to my children during the service?

Children are welcomed at services, and often able to take part. There is a children’s table area where parents can retreat with their children and so continue to be part of the worship. However there are toys and activities available for children’s use during the service in the vestibule if you prefer.

There is a Junior church when children continue to worship in a different space and with child focused activities.

We have a full safeguarding policy in place, and review this regularly. this includes been DBS-checking for all leaders.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Absolutely not. Please feel free to just pass the bag on if you wish.

Many church members and regular attenders support the work of the church through cash donations, standing orders, or using envelopes that allow us to receive Gift Aid on donations.

What about prayer?

Prayer is at the heart of our church life,  and we believe that it can really make a difference in people’s lives. It’s one of the ways we can discover that God loves and cares about everyone and is with us always.

In addition to prayer during worship (spoken or silent) –

There is a prayer board in the vestibule for your prayer requests

  • We are available after worship for anyone who asks for prayer
  • We have a board in the vestibule for prayer requests
  • We have occasional healing services

What next?

Even if it’s your first visit to church, we hope you have a great experience, and that you’ll encounter the God who is so important to all of us. We believe God offers a promise and a hope to everyone, and our aim is to make it as easy as possible for others to discover this for the first time. Sunday services are a great place to do this, but if you want to do something different, just have a chat with one of the service leaders or elders.

We have some great opportunities. There is a range of social activities, coffee mornings, friendship groups and the Bible study groups could be a great next step.

Please remember, if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us, or just ask someone when you arrive. There’s always a welcome team on the door if you’re not sure who to ask.

Do come and visit. We’ll be pleased to welcome you.

(New visitor information inspired by, and used with permission from, Wallasey Village United Reformed Church website)