Thinking About Visiting Us?

Thinking About Visiting Us?

If you’re thinking about visiting our church for the first time, you’d probably like to know what to expect. We know it can sometimes be anxious when visiting a new church so hopefully the information in this section will answer some of your queries and help you to feel comfortable when you visit us. However, you may have further questions not covered here so please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Will I be singled out because I’m a visitor?

No! We are a friendly congregation and aim to give you a warm welcome but we certainly won’t intentionally do anything to make you feel uncomfortable. If you have never visited a church before and are feeling nervous, there is no reason to be. God does not expect you to be perfect before you come to church, and neither do we.

How many attend?

Our Sunday morning congregation varies in number depending on the time of year, but is usually around 70 to 100 people.  A good mix of people come along and cover all age groups, stages of life and nationalities!

Do I need to dress up for Sunday?

No! Most of our fellowship just wear what they feel most comfortable in. Some like to wear formal dress and others come in shorts and a t-shirt.

What time do you meet on Sundays?

We all meet together to worship God from 10.30am on a Sunday morning. Kids Church runs simultaneously from around 10.45 to 11.30am and this caters for all age groups from 0-18. Our services usually finish between 11.30am and 11.45am but many stay for fellowship and to chat to others over coffee and tea afterwards.

Where do I sit during the worship service?

There are no assigned seats, please sit where you feel most comfortable.

What happens during the worship service?

Our services are fairly relaxed and we sing, pray and listen to a Bible based talk, usually given by our pastor, Reverend Karl Stanfield. Some verses from the Bible will be read, and occasionally we will have a responsive reading (where the congregation participates in the reading). We hold communion on the first Sunday morning of each month and invite visitors who know and love the Lord to join us in this, without any pressure for those who don’t wish to take the elements. We do collect an offering during the service, but as a visitor, please don’t feel you have to give. You can listen to some of our teaching online.

What do I do with my children during the service?

We sometimes hold an “all-age” service on special occasions such as Mothering Sunday or Kids Church Prizegiving. But most weeks children of all ages are invited to join our Kids Church from around 10.45am onwards where they meet together to sing and pray and then go into classes to learn more about God and the Bible. A creche is available for little ones during this time. However,  you are more than welcome to keep your children with you during the worship service if you (or they) feel more comfortable doing that.

What is the music like?

We sing a range of worship songs from traditional hymns to more contemporary songs, depending on the type of service and time of year.

Do I need to bring a Bible?

If you have a Bible and would like to bring it, that would be great. If you don’t yet have a Bible or forgot yours, there are Bibles available in the sanctuary.

What happens after the service?

Everyone is encouraged to stay around after the service for fellowship together over coffee and biscuits (and usually cake!).

Where is the church located?

Our church is located on Wendover Road in Brooklands, Manchester, UK. Please visit our Location page for more details on how to find us.

Where can I park?

We have our own private car park next to the building, which you can access directly from Wendover Road. When this fills up there is usually plenty of parking available on the streets around the church.

What is the accessibility like?

We have improved our church building to provide barrier-free access to all. Parking is available within our private car park and we have accessible toilets just off the foyer as you enter through the front door. We print off the words to the songs and hymns in large type for those that request this.

Where are the toilets?

You can find the toilets by turning left immediately after entering the main front door of the church.

Do you run any housegroups I can attend?

Yes, several groups meet during the week. Please speak to Pastor Karl if you are interested in joining a group or starting one of your own.

Need more information?

People have told us they felt comfortable and welcomed when visiting us in the past – “at home” are the words we hear often. If you don’t yet have a church home ,or are thinking of visiting us, we would love to welcome you this Sunday. And if you do visit, please say “hi,” after the service and tell us that you found out about our church on our website. If you have any further queries not answered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.