Visiting a new church on a Sunday service (both for the churched and the unchurched) can be intimidating. What will they do? Will I feel awkward or out of place? Is everyone going to be dressed in white robes while I wear blue jeans and a t-shirt? We want you to feel welcomed, and so we have tried to anticipate some of the questions you might ask before visiting.
Who’s invited for the Sunday Service?
All are invited! It doesn’t matter if you have a church background or if you are simply curious about the person and teachings of Jesus. We would love to welcome you as our guest.
Where do you meet?
We meet in the Leatherhead Town Centre, at the Fairfield Centre (Swan Court, 34 Leret Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH) on Sunday mornings at 10am.
Where do I park?
There is plenty of parking in the Swan Centre multi-story car park, and it is free on Sundays (only a 2 minute walk). For those with mobility difficulty, there are a few parking bays directly in front of the Fairfield Centre.
Will I be asked to give money?
No. We have an offering box for the church family to contribute, but we never ask guests to give financially.
What is the music like?
The music style is a mix of newer songs and old hymns (many of which are updated musically). We sing as an expression of worship unto God, proclaiming the greatness of God, and as an encouragement to one another. People are free to stand, sit, kneel, or raise their hands as we sing. We also give some space between songs for prayer. We normally sing a couple songs at the start of our service, as we are reminded to prepare our heart to hear God’s Word, then sing a few songs after the message in response to what we have heard from God’s Word.
What should I expect from the message?
The message is always from the Bible. We believe the Word of God reveals the God of the Word, thus we listen to the Bible taught (usually a verse-by-verse exposition). Because God is relevant, the Bible is relevant, thus we seek to communicate this timeless truth in a timely way. God’s Word is not boring thus we seek to allow the exciting relevancy of the Scriptures to speak through the message. God’s Word is also true, thus we seek to ensure that the message’s content is consistent with the Scriptures.
What should I wear?
Our church values diversity in dress. The majority of the people would dress casually, but dress how you feel appropriate for you, where you feel relaxed and others would feel relaxed too. We believe that we live before the face of God whether we are in a church service or not. Thus we do not require your “Sunday best”.
What about children?
During the message portion of our service, children under year 7 (age 12) will go to their classes where they will learn how the Bible applies to their lives as they see Jesus as the true hero of the Scriptures.
What do you believe?
We believe in the historic teachings of the Christian Church in the Protestant tradition, adhering to the recognised creeds of the early church, but this question deserves it’s own page, and you can view it here.