If you are coming to St Andrew’s church, and it’s the first time you are attending a church service, I would recommend that the first one to try would be our “Eleven Thirty”, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. This is a good place to start for a number of reasons.
First of all it’s an informal service. There is nothing for you to worry about. The service is simple, so you won’t have to worry whether you should be sitting or standing, or what book you should be following. It is a very child friendly service so you won’t have to worry about babysitters, just bring your children along.
You will be given a simple service sheet which is all you will need to take part in the service. The service is generally built round a theme and there will be a short talk by the person taking the service, usually the vicar, some readings from the bible and some songs and that is al there is to the 11.30. However recently the 11.30 has changed and it now incorporates any baptisms that used to be done in a separate service, so even more reason to make this your first St. Andrew’s service.
The baptisms take part seamlessly at the end of the 11.30 service. Baptisms are joyous occasions when new members are welcomed formally into the church family, so it is particularly appropriate to make this your first visit to church.
After the service you are invited to join us in the Priory Centre, next to the church, for coffee and biscuits where you will get the chance to meet everyone. You will be made very welcome and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have for us. We have several other services throughout the month that we will be delighted to tell you about when we see you.