FAQ’s

FAQ’s about our church…

 

It’s normal to have lot’s of questions when trying something new. Ask away!

What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?
I have kids – is there anything for them?
Does your church christen babies?
I have a disability
What should I wear?
Will I be expected to make a donation?
When does your church celebrate communion?
What denomination are you?
What do you believe?
I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?
I have a question not on this list

 


What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?

Our services start at 10.30am on Sunday mornings and the first thing you can expect is a warm welcome at the door.  We may vary the service but usually we will begin with some songs and hymns of worship followed by prayer and discussion of any important matters in the life of the church family.  A Bible reading is given, after which we listen as it is explained in such a way that we can understand what the Bible says, and apply it to our daily lives.

Coffee and tea is usually served after the service, which provides a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones.

I have kids – is there anything for them?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome! The Grace Kids Team runs age appropriate groups during the service in the dedicated rooms off the foyer, where the children have lots of fun learning about Jesus. There is a Crèche for toddlers, Key stage 1, 2 & 3 groups, and our youth group for those in Year 7’s through to 9.

Children of all ages are also welcome to stay in the service as parents wish. There is a soft play area towards the back of the main hall, ideal for children too young for the creche, and a dedicated parent and baby room if little ones need a break from the service.

We adhere to the Grace Community Church Child Protection Policy and would be happy to provide you with a copy, should you wish. In addition all of our leaders and helpers have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.

Does your church christen babies?

We encourage new members to be baptised when they are ready, but for children, we believe this is best left until they are old enough to decide to make the decision for themselves, so we do not baptise babies or perform Christenings at our church. However, we do hold a service of dedication for babies and their parents as part of one of our normal Sunday Services. You can find out more about these dedications by speaking with our Pastor or an Elder (see this page).

I have a disability

We aim to be as accommodating as possible for those with special needs. Dedicated parking suitable for the disabled is immediately adjacent to the main building with level access direct from the car park. The hall where services takes place is reached by a foyer from the main double entrance doors, again with level access. We have an induction loop and words for songs are projected in bold, easy-to-read fonts.

What should I wear?

Please feel free to wear whatever is most comfortable for you. Most people choose to wear smart casual as the atmosphere is informal.

Will I be expected to make a donation?

At GCC we take an offering during the service as part of our worship.  However, we do not expect our guests to make any contribution so when the offering bag gets passed along your row, please simply pass it on.  The money offering is an act of worship and is therefore another way for Christians to show their love for Jesus by supporting the work of His church.  No one is going to judge you if you do no not putting anything in. You may of course contribute if you wish.

When does your church celebrate communion?

We celebrate communion as part of a service on every first Sunday of the month. All those who are trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who are walking according to the ways of the Lord are invited to take the bread and grape juice which represent the body of and blood of our Lord and Saviour.

What denomination are you?

We are not a part of any established denomination, and our church is made up of people with a wide range of denominational backgrounds, including those with none at all. However, Grace Community Church is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), which is a body that represents nearly 500 Churches in the UK. You can find out more about the FIEC here.

What do you believe?

This is an important question! You can read about our core beliefs here.

I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?

A member of our Pastoral Team would be more than happy to meet with you. Simply use the contact form here on the website to get in touch with us about your request.

I have a question not on this list

We would be happy to discuss with you any further questions you may have about the church or the Christian faith either by email or in person. You can use our online contact form, or contact us direct – details below.