What to Expect

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 us charismatic and modern songs mixed with the hymns, you will find something for everyone.
Our Services are led by our minister, church members and visiting preachers. We also have a variety of leaders including a worship group who regularly lead worship and take services along with the children.
We use a modern projector and screen for all the words and songs, so it’s easy to follow along. This screen is also often used to show slides and videos as part of our worship. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshiping here is like. If anything seems unfamiliar, feel free to ask one our welcome team, or someone sitting nearby.

How long are your services?

Our Sunday services usually last around an hour and a half. You are invited to stay for coffee and a chat afterward services.

What is the music like?

We have a fine functioning church organ which we use for services, drums and digital music is also sometimes used to enrich our services. We also have a praise and worship group who lead us in a selection of modern and traditional songs. Words are projected onto a screen at the front of church so they are easy to see and read.

Will I know what to do?

Most people find their first visit to our church more informal than they are used to. 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. We are 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 what Jesus did for us. We currently have Communion once a month on the 2nd Sunday of every month. The bread and wine are served to you in your seat.
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.

What happens to my children during the service?

Children are welcomed at services, and there are toys and activities available for their use during the service, either in church or in the front room which is next to the worship area. This is where parents can retreat with their children see and hear what is happening in the service through speakers and a large window. There is also a lively Sunday school if you want to participate with your child.
All our leaders have been DBS-checked. We have a full safeguarding policy in place, and review this regularly.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Please feel free to just let it pass you 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) –
• We are available after worship for anyone who asks for prayer
• We have a board in the porch for prayer requests
• We have a prayer chain for sharing prayer needs
• We go out into the community to ask people if they would like us to pray for them. We know that this is appreciated, by the number of requests that we receive
• 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, and one of our Bible study groups could be a great next step. You could also think about joining a home group.
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)