What Happens in Church
If you haven’t been before, or not for a long time, it can be a bit daunting to come to church and we hope the information here will help you to know what to expect. If you used to visit us before the pandemic we hope you will now find most things comfortingly familiar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some questions we’ve been asked. If your question isn’t here, or the answer doesn’t help you, please get in touch.
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What sort of church is a Methodist church? Methodism is a protestant denomination which separated from the Church of England in the 18th Century. Our church is part of the Methodist Church of Great Britain. We are part of the North Cheshire Circuit of churches, which is itself part of the Chester & Stoke District.
When are your services? Every Sunday morning at 10.30am, with a monthly early Communion service at 9am – usually first Sunday of the month.
All services are streamed live and can be reviewed at any time on our YouTube channel.
How do I find the church? There are some directions – and details about free parking – on our Contact Us page
Do you have facilities for visitors with disabilities? There is level access from the car park entrance (disabled spaces at rear of Church). we have a hearing loop and can provide large print books. Upstairs hall accessible toilet available. If you contact the office we may be able to help with other concerns.
Should I dress up for church? Only if you want to, or you’re going somewhere smart afterwards! You might see a few people in “Sunday Best” sometimes, but mostly people dress casually. Come as you are – you will be very welcome!
What happens in a service and how long is it? Usually c45-60 mins – They vary a bit depending on who is leading the service – our Minister takes at least one per month (usually including Communion – see below)with the rest taken by local visiting preachers and/our our own team of Worship leaders.
Services are a mixture of prayers, hymns or songs, and readings. An “average” service will include about five hymns or songs, prayers for others, a talk, and two or three readings from the Bible.
Generally speaking, we only stand to sing and also when the collection has been taken and is being brought to the front of church to be blessed. Please don’t stand up if that’s a struggle for you.
How many people will be at a service? About 40-50 people come to services on Sunday mornings. Other services tend to have around a dozen or so people. Our congregation is a good cross section/reflection of our local community.
What do you offer for children? There are baby changing facilities and a crèche area in church which is always available, and some activity bags for younger children.
Will I have to make a donation? No, you won’t, though at services there will usually be a collection at some point so you could if you wanted to. There’s no obligation and you won’t feel awkward if you don’t -many of the regular attendees pay directly into the Bank, so don’t feel you are the only one.
Does it matter where I sit? No, sit anywhere you like. If there’s some special reason why we might want to reserve a few seats at the front we’ll have put a little “Reserved” sign on them, but that’s not common.
Will I have to take part in a service? No, you won’t. You don’t even have to join in with singing the hymns if you don’t feel like it.
Do I have to be a Methodist to worship in your church? Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome at all services, from any denomination, or any faith, or none. If you would like to sit next to a “regular” who can explain what’s happening, just ask whoever greets you at the door and they can introduce you to someone.
Do I have to be a Methodist to take Communion in your church? Not at all. Everyone is welcome to share the bread and wine with us regardless of their church background. Our table is open to all, including children. We only serve non-alcoholic wine. There is usually gluten free bread available.
Can I book a room at your church? Yes, we host a lot of community activities and lots of children’s parties. Get in touch to ask about cost and availability