Our main meeting of the week is our Sunday morning service, which starts at 10.00. Coffee is served before the service as an encouragement for people to come early! We begin with worship and then the children go out to their groups. If you have children under 11, they will need to be registered by the leader in their group. We'll take a few details – name, age, allergies, special needs, etc.
The service starts with an up-tempo song, just before the official kick-off time. Then we'll let you know what's going to be happening that morning, and, particularly, let parents know where and when their kids will be going. Then we sing a few more up-tempo songs, perhaps with some interaction for our many wriggly kids! Then we have our announcements slot. Sometimes we have communion (this is fairly relaxed, so just follow the instructions and you’ll be fine), a baby dedication or a special feature of some sort.
After the announcements the kids go to their age-related activities (Babies from 0-18 months in thePod and Pre-School downstairs in theLaunchPad, Kingdom Kidz, Reception to Year 3, upstairs to theBaseCamp, and Years 4-6 upstairs to theSummit). If in doubt, ask at the Registration Desk or follow the crowd.
We then have a time of extended singing, quieter, more reflective worship after which the teenagers (aged 11-14) head upstairs for their session (Fuel).
The preached message is usually about 35-40 minutes in length. We aim to make this as interesting, challenging and practical as possible. There are outline sheets to fill in and people find them helpful for a variety of reasons. After the message there is usually some kind of response time, usually a little more singing and the opportunity for those who want it to receive prayer.
After the service we serve tea, coffee and biscuits (sometimes cake!) and people are free to mill around and chat. Please stay as long as you like!