A church is a place that’s open to all. Our churches are no different. A church isn’t a closed club – you don’t need to be a member to come along. If you’ve never been before, you can come along to see what it’s like. No-one will pounce on you, or force you to come back. The people who come to our churches are just ordinary people. Of all sorts!
We know that if you’ve never been to a church before, it can be a bit nerve-wracking. But it shouldn’t be. We want our churches to be easy places to visit, with no pressure. After all, we believe that the message of Jesus is important, and we don’t want to put barriers in the way . . .
If you’re thinking of visiting us on a Sunday, you might like to know what happens at a Sunday service at Kilmallie.
On a Sunday, when you arrive at church, there’ll be a Welcome Team on duty. Don’t worry, someone will just say hello (and maybe shake your hand) as you come in, and offer you a Bible if you don’t have one. If you have a mobility impairment, the Welcome Team will help you - our churches are wheelchair accessible.
Try to arrive about 10 minutes before. That way, you’ll get a good choice of seats and time to settle in.
The Welcome Team are there to help you if you need to know where to sit. They’ll show you to a seat if you ask, or they’ll just let you find a seat on your own. You can sit where you like – no seats are reserved. If you need to use the toilet, or baby changing facilities, or if you have a question about Sunday School or crèche, then the Welcome Team are the folk to ask.
Before the service, people sit and talk and say hello, just like they do anywhere else. There are notices on screens, showing what the talks will be about at the services that day, and some of things that happen at church during the week. In the morning there are usually between 150 and 200 people in church, so you won’t stand out like a sore thumb!
When the service starts, the person leading it will walk up to the front and give a welcome. During the service, everyone just sits where they are. No-one is asked to go up to the front, or asked questions, so you don’t need to worry about that. No-one will put you in the spotlight if you’re new. We get visitors and new folk every week.
The morning service usually follows a similar pattern: song, prayer, talk for the children, song, Bible reading, song, a longer talk (called the sermon), and a final song.
The words for the songs are all on the screens. You don’t have to sing if you don’t want to. The prayers are spoken from the front, so you don’t need to say anything. When there are readings from the Bible (usually just one, but sometimes two), most people read the Bible that was given to them when they came in. Some read on their phones or Kindles. The page number is always given out so that if you got a Bible when you came in, you know where to find things like Isaiah or Acts. Some people who come have only just started reading the Bible, so you won’t be the only one who’s not sure.
The sermon usually lasts for about 30 minutes (sometimes a bit less, sometimes a bit more). There’s an induction loop if you have a hearing aid – just switch to ‘T’.
The whole thing usually finishes about 12.15pm. You can stay seated for the whole service, but people will stand to sing. After the last song, people stay standing, and the person leading the service will say a prayer. Then everyone will sit down.
After the service ends, there’s usually tea and coffee in the café (and biscuits!). Some people will leave straight away (some have to get to work, or get back for lunch with their families), but most stay behind and catch up. In the café you can grab a table to sit down. If you’re new, it’s a chance to meet one or two people and say hello.
If you’d prefer to come to a service in the evening, it’s fairly similar to the morning, but with no children’s talk, and it usually finishes soon after 6.30pm.
So, that’s it. We hope you’ll come along soon - and feel pretty relaxed about it!
If you have other questions or worries about coming to church, see the Visit Us - FAQs