What to Expect

Thank you for visiting our website and showing interest in this page.

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 we hope you will find something for everyone, both new visitors and regular members.

Our Minister leads worship every other week and in between, we have a variety of lay preachers.

Our normal pattern is:-

Opening Responses

Hymn of Praise

Prayers of Praise, Confession, Grace 

News from around the Church – this will be led by a member of the congregation

Testimony!  – telling good news stories, sharing the good things God has done

Lord’s Prayer

A Modern Scriptural Hymn

Bible Reading(s) & an Explanation

A Hymn 

Sermon – applying the Bible for our lives – usually done with the congregation actively listening, but on occasion it could involve a discussion within the congregation. For the benefit of visual learners it should include some visuals – on screen or displayed in church or through drama.

A Hymn

Offertory – the congregation will have been invited to make their offering as they arrive.

Prayers of Healing & Intercession

on the 2nd Sunday – Communion. We serve one another, we will explain as we go along

A Hymn that sends us out encouraged

Blessing

We use a modern projector and screen for any words that are not in our hymn books. This screen is also often used to show slides and videos as part of our worship. There’s no pressure to take part. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshipping 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 you are invited to stay for tea/coffee and a chat afterwards.

What is the music like?

It is mixture of traditional and contemporary. It is normally led by a pianist but we do have an instrumental group who occasionally lead 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.

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. We pass the bread to one another and the non-alcoholic wine will be 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. 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, at the moment we don’t have any regular children’s activities as we don’t have any regular children. But we would be happy to start some for you! We are happy for children to join in the main service as they are able and to join in all we are doing. If you feel you want to take them out there is a side room that can be made available.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Absolutely not. Members are asked to make their offering as they arrive but we do not expect visitors to do so. The offering will be brought up during the service and all that we offer to God will be blessed.

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 at the side for prayer requests
  • We have a prayer chain across all the Coventry United Reformed Churches for sharing prayer needs
  • We have a Labyrinth in the front garden, it’s a very different way of praying and is available for anyone to use at any time. Ask to speak to Craig or Isabel if you want an explanation of how to use it.

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. Our weekly coffee mornings is a good place to socialise, some of that group will break away to pray. Women Own meet every Tuesday afternoon and would love to welcome you. We meet on the fourth Monday evening of most months either for a Church Meeting or a Bible Study, it’s a good way to get to hear about the things we care about.

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)