First Time Visitor
All the important bits for your first time visit:
Our services are dynamic and fun-filled community times. You can anticipate a mix of singing, preaching and community news. They are preceded and followed by times of hanging out over a cup of tea or coffee.
Morning Service: 10:30am
We have a child protection policy in place and our leaders are CRB checked. We do ask you to take responsibility for your children throughout the meeting. When children are invited to go into a “class” session the teacher will look after your child but your child will be returned to you as soon as class is over, or if the child is in any distress, or is disruptive to the rest of the class.
Connecting with us
We really want to know how comfortable we made you feel coming to this church. We want to provide you with the answers to your questions, and make our meetings relevant to you. Please take time to complete one of the visitors cards to give us the feedback to make our meetings and information provided useful to you and others.
If we have not answered your questions please see Pastor Chris or one of the leaders at the end of the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN COME TO THIS CHURCH?
We welcome anyone to this church who is seeking the truth about Jesus Christ, God and the meaning of life.
You are welcome regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or ability, habits, addictions, political persuasion, educational standard, or social and cultural backgrounds.
DO THEY WANT MY MONEY?
We take an offering during our meetings to meet the costs of the work we do. It is an OFFERING and you DO NOT have to give anything. Regular attendees of the church are encouraged to tithe and many do so by STO direct from their banks.
WORSHIP—MUST I STAND, SING, LIFT MY HANDS ETC.?
We have a period of singing during our service which is part of our worship. Believers in Jesus Christ will stand, sing, raise their hands, clap etc.—you do not have to do any of these things unless you wish too. We invite you to join in or listen, sitting or standing and think about the words and why they clearly mean something special to those worshipping.
WHAT IS PROPHECY? WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HEAR A PROPHECY?
Sometimes God will give a person a prophetic word to speak to an individual or to everyone present. Where a message for everyone is given the leadership will normally be aware that it is going to happen and announce the appropriate time in the service for the person giving the word to speak. The spirit of prophecy is subject to the prophet (he/she does not have to speak out when they receive revelation). A word given to the whole church will be weighed by the leadership and the members. It should not be acted upon until it has been tested. We will frequently give prophetic words to people who ask for prayer. Please see the separate leaflet on what to do with prophecy.
WHY DID THAT PERSON FALL OVER? DO I HAVE TOO? ARE THEY SAFE?
When people are prayed for sometimes the presence of our BIG God is so overwhelming they will fall over as God ministers to them. Those praying for individuals will ensure the person is caught if they begin to fall. Whilst they are laying down they may shake as God ministers to them. They are safe. You do not need to call an ambulance. You do not need to be afraid. God is a perfect gentleman and will normally seek your co-operation before moving powerfully upon you.
WHAT QUESTIONS CAN I ASK? WHEN CAN I ASK THEM?
We are here to answer your questions based upon our relationship with God and understanding of the Bible. We ask that questions are saved to the end of the meeting. However, if you are uncertain about something that is happening please ask one of the regular attenders. If you need a lengthy explanation they may ask you to go with them to a quieter area so they can speak without disturbing others. Please do not leave without asking those questions. We may not be able to answer them immediately, or to your satisfaction but we will try.
MAY I SMOKE, DRINK ALCOHOL, TAKE DRUGS DURING THE MEETING?
We do not condemn those that do these things but please do not do them during the meeting, or whilst on the school premises.
MAY I BREAST FEED MY BABY IN CHURCH?
YES. The act of breast feeding is God given and beautiful. We do ask that you do this discreetly and be aware of the men around you. There is usually a private room available if you wish to leave the meeting to do so.
MAY I USE MY MOBILE PHONE DURING THE MEETING?
Please put your mobile phones onto silent and vibrate mode if you need to be contactable. If you receive a call during the meeting please go outside to answer the call so as not to disturb others.