We welcome all people into our churches. For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience so to help avoid any worries here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at our churches.
Every one of us had a first day at church – even if it was a long time ago - so if you don’t understand something then please ask.
6 pm: Evening Service at St Mary's Herbrandston
St David's Church
St Mary's Church
Church of the Holy Spirit
When should I arrive?
If you arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before the beginning of a service it will give someone a chance to welcome you and for you to find a seat. (The morning service at Church of the Holy Spirit begins with refreshments for the first fifteen minutes - not during coronavirus).
How long does the
service go on for?
Services normally last for about an hour, but don’t be embarrassed if you need to leave early. We finish most of our evening services with refreshments and we would love it if you could stay and chat.
Will I be able to
St David’s and the Church of the Holy Spirit have plenty of off-road spaces available. Parking spaces are available in Wellington Road if you plan to attend St Mary’s, or near the village green for St Mary's Herbrandston.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Don’t dress to try and be someone you’re not. A few people coming in suits, others in jeans and tee-shirts. Whatever you wear you will be welcome.
Can I bring my
Yes! We love children at all of our churches and count them a valuable and necessary part of our church family. There are spaces in all of our churches where children can stretch their legs and play with toys if they don’t want to sit still for the whole service. (In non-covid times a Sunday school is provided during the morning service at the Church of the Holy Spirit.)
What will happen in a
Each of our churches differ slightly in style but someone will lead the service from the front and explain each stage as it happens.
In St David’s and St Mary’s services are normally led using printed liturgy with responses for the congregation included, while in the Church of the Holy Spirit things are generally more informal or on screen.
In all of our services we sing songs and hymns and the words will either be provided in a book or on an overhead screen. We will also have prayers (sometimes called intercessions) in each service too, led from the front, and sometimes there is open prayer, where anyone can pray out loud.
We will then have a reading from the bible and a talk about what we just heard (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.
The service will finish with a prayer (sometimes called a blessing) and there is plenty of time for people to socialise.
What is Communion?
If it is a service of Holy Communion this will also be included in our service. Communion is where we share bread and wine together as a congregation to specifically remember the sacrifice that Jesus made by dying on the cross for us. If you are a Christian you are welcome to join in taking the bread and wine. Alternatively, if you don't feel ready to take communion, don't be embarrassed to ask for a blessing, or to stay in your seat.
The bread and the wine is served at the front of the church where people stand or kneel by the altar rail – just follow the crowd when people start to go up to the front and if you are not sure about anything please just ask.
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. If you have any other questions please CONTACT US.