In the mornings we sing hymns and songs of worship. There is at least one bible reading, a time of prayer and a message from the Bible. Before the children leave part way through for Sunday Club (School) there is also Family Focus suitable for all ages. The evening follows a similar pattern but without Family Focus or Sunday Club.
Every first Sunday morning and every third Sunday evening of the month the Lord's Supper is observed at the end of the services.
The words of songs and hymns and other service details are projected onto a screen above the pulpit, but there are song books available if these are preferred.
What is the Lord's Supper?
People know it by different names, for example, Communion and the Eucharist. The Lord's Supper was personally instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. Its purpose is for God's family to remember Jesus' sacrificial death for their sins until He returns. We eat bread and drink wine (in practice a non-alcoholic substitute) which are symbols of His broken body and His poured out blood and as we do so reflect by faith on His great love toward us and offer Him our worship.
We do not believe the Lord's Supper is in any way a re-sacrificing of the Lord nor is there is any change in the bread or wine.
We welcome all those confessing Jesus Christ alone as their Lord and Saviour to join with us around the Lord's Table.
What is Baptism?
We believe that baptism is to follow a sinner's genuine and credible confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Baptism is by immersion in water (unless physical or other disability make it not possible).
We do not practice baptism of children, but do have dedication of children in which believing parents can give thanks for God's gift of a child and make promises before God concerning their child's spiritual welfare.
What can I expect from the sermon?
In general terms, the preaching and teaching of God's Word is expository, that is, the aim is to open up, explain and apply the Scriptures to the hearer, with God's enabling and help. Sermons are usually half an hour long.
What Bible version do you use?
The church bible is the New International Version from which the Scripture readings are taken and sermons are based on.
What is Worship like?
We love to sing hymn and songs, new and old, which reflect the whole range of Christian truth and experience. We rejoice in God because He is loving and merciful and we reverence Him because He is holy and exalted. Music is from our digital piano and is sometimes accompanied by other instruments like flute and guitar.
What happens after the service?
On Sunday mornings we don't rush off (unless it can't be helped!) but stay a little while to have some simple refreshments and chat. If there are any particular prayer needs we're very happy to pray in private with anyone who requests it.
What provision is there for children on Sundays?
On Sunday morning we have a creche facility for the very young and Sunday Club (School) (link) for children from ages xx to xx.
What other children's ministry is there?
Our Focus Group for school years 3 to 6 meets on a Monday evening at 6.00pm (link)
A pre-school group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 to 11.15am (link)
Do you have a child protection policy?
All our workers who work with children and vulnerable adults are DBS checked (previously known as a CRB check) and we operate a Safeguarding policy.
Is there wheelchair access and disabled toilets?
There is level access into the church's main entrance and a disabled toilet immediately to the left of the front entrance doors.
What does the 'Evangelical' in your church name mean?
It means simply that God's Word is our final and only authority for what we believe and how we live. We believe the Bible to be God's perfect revelation in it's entirely and without error in what it teaches us. It also means that we believe that Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross for our sins and His triumphant rising again from the dead, is our one true hope for salvation. We believe that God saves us only through faith in the Lord Jesus and not by any good works of our own, but that a life of obedience to Jesus is the evidence and fruit of the free salvation that we enjoy. See our Statement of Faith
What is the Parking like?
It is free to park in parking bays and on single yellow lines on Sundays.
It is also free to park in Wimbledon Road on Saturdays and Mon-Fri after 4.30pm
For parking Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm it is cheaper to park in a parking bay in Blackshaw Road, but only on the same side as the church, and using a BROWN meter.
Parkmobile operate in the area to provide cashless parking but you are required to preregister a credit or debit card and there is a 20p service charge per parking action.