It is fair to say our services and activities have had a bit of a shake up this year! The following information gives you an idea of our "old normal". To get up to date, please see the "Home" page and "Church Life" menu.
Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about coming to church.
Key information about the church...
Where & when do we meet?
We offer a variety of services and groups during the week. From quiet and contemplative to family fun; modern worship to traditional ceremony, there's something for everyone. Below is our general pattern but please check the Home Page for this week's services, especially if you are looking for a particular style of service.
9am Holy Communion or Morning Prayer at St Giles' Church
10.45am All age service or Family Service/Communion at St Andrew's Church, Main Hall with tea & coffee from 10.30am
6.30pm Evensong (some with Communion) at St Giles' Church
11.00am Midweek Communion at St Andrew's Church, Chapel, followed by Soup's On! in the coffee shop.
Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start.
You can see a map to both churches on our contact us page.
What should I expect when I visit the church?
You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be at the door to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. Even if you are a bit late, don't be shy - we'll make sure you are settled in!
At St Giles' you will be given a service booklet to follow and a hymn book. Today's hymn numbers are up on the wall and will also be announced by the service leader. If you are unsure about joining in, just listen!
At St Andrew's, the words are all up on the Big Screen and we try to make it clear whether the service leader or the congregation are taking turns to speak. But if it's your first time or you're not sure, just enjoy listening to everyone else.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served before and after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
More information about Church Services
What happens to the children at church?
We have a great programme for children at St Andrew's:
Creche (0 to pre-school)
KiC (Kids in Christ) (primary school aged)
7Up (secondary school aged)
Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when it is time for the children to go to their groups. You will need to go with your children and register them, the first time they attend.
When we have a Special Service at St Giles', we provide carpet activities like colouring books and and everyone, young and old, is encouraged to join in with the more active parts of the service.
For more information about what happens in the children's groups, please visit the relevant age groups under Church Life.
Is there a dress code?
No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
Will I have to join in?
Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.
Do I have to pay?
Definitely not. You will see the offering bags passed around towards the end of the service and some regular attenders like to give to the work of the church in this way, but new people and visitors are not expected to contribute.
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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them.
Please feel free to contact us.
If you want to know who works in the church office and behind the scenes, check out our Staff and Leadership page.