New to Church
Sunday Parish Eucharist FAQs
What if I’m bringing children?
Babies and children of all ages are very welcome! We do not currently have a Sunday school or creche, but children are welcome to play with the toys in the church. Our Messy Church happens a few times a year and is popular with young families.
What should I wear?
Please feel free to wear whatever you are comfortable in. Some of us like to dress up a bit on a Sunday, while others are more casual.
What time should I arrive at church?
The Eucharist begins at 10am. If you can, aim to arrive around 10-20 minutes beforehand, so you can be welcomed by a member of our team, collect your service sheet or booklet with all the words you’ll need, find your seat and have some quiet time before the service begins. But if you’re running late, don’t let it stop you coming -you’ll be very welcome!
How do I know when to sit and when to stand?
If it’s not included in the service sheet, follow someone in front! If you have difficulties standing, please feel free to remain seated. .
What happens during the Eucharist?
There are four main parts to the service:
The Gathering – a minister welcomes us and we share in prayers of preparation, confession and receiving God’s forgiveness, praise, and the Collect ‘prayer of the day.’
The Liturgy of the Word – we hear from the Bible and hear a sermon from one of the clergy or Readers. This is usually based on one of the Bible readings and helps us understand the Bible and connect it with our lives. A member of the congregation then leads our prayers for the church and the world.
The Liturgy of the Sacrament – we share the peace and then the priest leading the service says special prayers over bread and wine, so that they become for us the body and the blood of Jesus. All baptised Christians are welcome to share in the bread and wine. When invited to come to the altar by a churchwarden, if you hold out your hands you will be given the bread (an individual wafer). If you would like to receive a blessing instead, please come up holding your service sheet in your hands. Young children will receive a blessing, as we like to offer some preparation before they receive communion from around the age of 7.
The Dismissal – we usually hear a few notices with news and events coming up. Sometimes, a member of the congregation has been asked in advance to share with us what they will be doing this time tomorrow, so we can get to know each other and pray for what we are doing in the week. God’s blessing is pronounced over us and we are usually sent out with the words ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’
The Eucharist usually finishes around 11.15am.
Can I talk to a member of the clergy?
Yes – our clergy are available for a chat at the end of the service. They can also arrange a time for a longer conversation if you’d like some listening support, or if you’d like to discover more about the Christian faith.
Are refreshments available?
Usually, tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service, although we are not able to offer this at the moment as our kitchen is affected by our building project.
What coronavirus safety measures are in place?
Although most legal restrictions were removed on 19 July, to keep everyone safe we have some ongoing measures in church, which will be reviewed in due course.
As this time, the following measures are in place:
• sanitiser is available
• everyone is encouraged to do Test and Trace either using their phone or giving their contact details on arrival
We would prefer the congregation to continue to wear face coverings when they arrive, leave and move about the church, and when they come forward to receive Communion. However, as it is no longer a legal requirement, those who would like to, may remove them while they are in their seats.
• a churchwarden will show you to your seat to maintain social distancing. As we have plenty of space, the churchwardens will continue to seat the congregation with 1m+ distancing as they have been doing in recent months. However, an area will be put aside by the South Aisle for those who would still like 2 metres social distancing. If you would like to make use of this please request it when being seated. If you still feel wary about congregational singing, or would prefer not to sing, you may like to consider sitting in this area.
• when invited to offer one another a sign of peace, we are doing this in a non-contact way such as a wave to each other
• at the distribution of holy communion, the congregation will receive the bread and may choose to receive the wine.
If you would like to know more about our Church or the Christian faith, please contact us:
Rev'd Robin Lodge, Vicar 01823 352471 email@example.com
Rev'd Katy Gough, Curate 01823 330854 firstname.lastname@example.org