Service times, directions and what to expect…
11am: All Age Service with Bethan Wigley speaking on ‘Power Over: Isolation’.
6pm: Holy Communion with Mones Farah speaking on ‘Forgive us’ from Matthew 6:15.
Office open Monday 11am -5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
When should I arrive? Our Sunday services start at 11am and 6pm, so if you arrive about 10 or 15 minutes before the beginning of the service that will give someone a chance to say hello to you. Will I be able to park? Yes. We have a large car park, which is free to use for all congregation members. You can leave your car there as long as you want. What should I wear? Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Don’t dress to try and be someone you’re not. A few people come in suits others in jeans and tee-shirts. Whatever you wear you will be welcome.
What will happen? For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at St Michael’s Church. Everyone of us had a first day at this church – even if it was a long time ago. If you don’t understand something then please ask. When you arrive you will be greeted by someone at the door. They will give you a notice sheet – this tells you what is happening in the church this week. You are free to sit anywhere you like. Usually our services begin with a time of ‘worship’. This can be between 35 and 40 minutes and consists of a number of songs, readings from the Bible and times for prayer. Unless it is an all age service the children will go to their own groups at this stage (11am service only). If you are a visitor and have children, your children are welcome to go out to the Sunday Club too; one of the Sunday School teachers will help them to find the right group. You will need to take your child across to the Castle Rooms, where the club happens, and pick them up at the end – just follow the crowd or ask if you’re unsure. Everyone who works with children has obtained the relevant clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau. This is usually followed by an offering. This is an opportunity for those who regularly attend to give money which is used to keep the church running, help those in need, provide for missionaries working overseas and support a number of organisations all over the world working in areas such as health care, education, disaster relief etc. If you are a visitor do not feel that you have to put anything in the offering – you are our guest. Then we have a talk from the Bible (sometimes called a sermon). Although the Bible is an old book it remains relevant and meaningful to our modern lives. This talk will help us to live as followers of Jesus, whatever our walks of life. If it is a service of Holy Communion, communion will take place now. Communion is a service where we specifically remember the sacrifice that Jesus made by dying on the cross for us, by sharing bread and wine together. If you are a Christian you are welcome to join in taking the bread and wine. We will say some liturgy together which will come up on the screens, and then stewards will show you when to go up to the communion point closest to you. If you have any questions, please just ask one of the stewards. After our service tea and coffee is served (this is usually about 12.30pm). Please stay if you can. Whether you have never been to church before, or have been a Christian for a long time we hope that our services will be an encouragement and help to you.