What to expect

We know that it can be easier to come to somewhere for the first time (or for the first time in a while) if you already know something about the place. This page gives you some more information which hopefully will make coming a bit easier. You’ll be very welcome!

Where should I park?
We have a fairly large car-park, so do please use that.

What should I wear?
At Emmanuel some people wear smart clothes, and some wear more casual clothes. It really doesn’t matter. God is more interested in the heart than your outward appearance- and so are we!

Where should I sit?
There are usually no reserved seats; sit where you are most comfortable. We do reserve a couple of pews during baptism services for the parents and godparents, but a sign on the pew will make this clear..

What happens during a service?
When you enter the church building someone will greet you at the door and give you a copy of the service sheet, Bible, hymn book and newsletter. Our services last for about an hour. After the morning service we have drinks in the Church Hall. Do come and have a chat with us.

If you are not sure what to do, just follow everyone else or, if you prefer, you can just remain seated throughout the service. The different services all have different styles of worship, so if you don’t like one service, please do try another!

Should I bring money?
We do take an offering during a service. If you would like to make a donation to the work of Emmanuel, you are very welcome to do so. If you’re a UK tax payer we would be very grateful if you could fill in a gift aid envelope as this increases your donation by 25%. If you’re not able to make a donation, just pass the collection basket to the next person (some members make regular payments through standing order, so will do the same).

What about children?
Children are very welcome! On the first Sunday in the month our children and young people stay in throughout the service (this is when we hold our baptisms). On the other weeks we have groups for our children and young people which meet in the Church Hall. Everyone starts in church and then will go out usually just before the first reading. As a parent you are welcome to stay with your child in the group, but if they are happy to be left then we will look after them for you!

What about accessibility?
We have a ramp that leads from the car park to the church building. You can enter through the door immediately in front of you. Unfortunately the door at the front of the church has steps. For the visually impaired there are large print hymn books. Just ask when you’re given your books. We also have a T-loop in our sound system for those with hearing aids. There is a disabled-access toilet in the Church Hall.

What if I arrive late?
Don’t worry! Please come anyway. Someone will welcome you and give you any service books you need.

Any further questions?
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and ask.
If you have any questions when you arrive, we will be pleased to help. If you come and would like a bit more information about the Church do fill in the form in the Welcome booklet which is available at the back of church.

We look forward to seeing you!